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"Nurses in homes have now been trained to provide podiatry services so that older patients get the support when they need it, from people they already trust."
They can't provide Podiatry services unless they are registered with the HPC. The services they are going to provide would be more accurately described as footcare.
First Durham, now London. It is clearly a far cheaper option for PCTs to employ Podiatry Assistants or specially-trained existing staff to carry out foot health duties rather than employing Pods. How far will it spread - who knows.
Davohorn - you made the right move at the right time!
Thanks for that info. I have sent the following to the journal involved as chairman elect of the Board of Education of the Institute.
I note that in the editorial of the above journal, you claim that nurses are to carry out 'podiatry services'. In fact it would be illegal for a nurse to carry out this function (even if they possessed the necessary skills) since the titles 'podiatrist and chiropodist' are limited to those registered as such with the Health Professions Council. I will be grateful if you will forward the source of your information so I may check on the responsible individual. It may, of course, be that these nurses are carrying out simple toenail cutting, in which case I will be grateful if you will make this clear in a future edition, giving as much prominence as the original article.
W J Liggins
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> Are they really taking on podiatry, or is it just a nail-cutting service.
Bil has the right idea and the agency now has the opportunity to qualify their statement.
Something which I have always been bemused at, is the much expressed belief that people do not know what podiatrists do. I do not personally uphold this belief nor am I making criticism on this occassion those who do, instead I believe recent sitution highlights where the real need for better communication exists and that is in the media, itself.
So well done Bill for your action and if more people did this we may get better informed journalists.
Thank you for your prompt and positive action.
Toeslayer - I endorse what you say about the media - we need to improve our relationship with them.
Not long ago we missed a golden opportunity when the BBC asked a Physio to talk about Podiatry !! To add insult to injury she wasn't very well-informed on the subject either.
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Dido, you said:
"Not long ago we missed a golden opportunity when the BBC asked a Physio to talk about Podiatry !! To add insult to injury she wasn't very well-informed on the subject either".
This is an understatement - she was dreadful!
I'm afraid we as a profession are largely to blame for poor media representation. In this instance the reluctance of the BBC to contact one of our own profession may have had something to do with the fact that 20-something years ago a popular BBC consumer affairs programme (which is still running) was fed lies by one of our professional bodies, and was consequently successfully sued by another of our professional bodies.
The reluctance of each UK Podiatry professional body to spend much time or energy in courting the media makes Bill's action all the more creditable.