College of Podiatric Surgeons

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The IOCP educational faculty has developed a training programme in surgery to enhance suitably qualified Podiatrists develop their post-graduate skills.  It is designed to reinforce and build upon the knowledge gained at both undergraduate and post graduate level and allow successful candidates to perform a range of minor surgical procedures in an appropriate surgical setting.

The programme will be developed and delivered appropriately by qualified Consultant Podiatrists and partner institutions.

For entry to the programme, learners will be required to have a degree in Podiatry with POM-A and either POM-S, IP or SP annotations, and at least three years post-graduate experience.

The programme will include distance learning elements, practical training and lectures.  An interview may be applied to applications by the Faculty Board.

Course content

  • Legal and ethical basis of surgery
  • Scope and limitation of surgery
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • CQC requirements
  • Patient assessment and pre-operative evaluation
  • Minor Surgical principles and anatomical consideration
  • Operating environment
  • Instrumentation
  • Infection control and sterile practice
  • Advanced anaesthesia
  • Tissue handling, dissection and haemostasis
  • Histology
  • Minor surgical procedures


Competencies are assessed and recorded in the clinical portfolio log book combined with structured OSCE’s.

Candidates will identify or be nominated a mentor and 10 cases will be required to be performed / examined.


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Read our position statement on Podiatric Surgeons here