What the FHP course involves

The Foot Health Practitioner (FHP) course consists of two parts:

  • Part One is the theoretical, which is done mainly via distance learning* with tutor and online assistance where necessary.
  • Part Two is the practical, which consists of two weeks continuous practical training. All practical training takes place at our National Training Centre in Southport.

 

What will my qualifications be at the end of the course?

On successful completion of both the theoretical and practical side of the course you will be able to apply to become a Member of the College of Foot Health and be eligible to apply for full indemnity insurance along with many other benefits that are available to the membership. Upon joining you will be entitled to use the following designatory letters MCFH.

 

What the course fees do not cover 

  • The cost of uniforms needed for the practical training.
  • The cost of your food, travel and accommodation whilst on the practical aspect of your course.
  • Any text books you may require to complete the theoretical parts of your training.
  • Instruments and medicaments after you have qualified.

 

*What is distance learning?

Distance learning means that you can complete all the theoretical aspects of the course from your own home.

This may sound difficult and challenging. You will have a dedicated tutor, who you can email if you feel you have reached an impasse,

The Student Support Team will quickly point you in the right direction and provide the answers you need.

Each Unit will be delivered as a hard copy.  You will be asked to obtain a recommended text book to assist you with your studies and you will be given website addresses where you can research your work and assist in your understanding of your studies.

 

The eight units are as follows:

  • Unit 1 – Anatomy & Physiology (Whole Body)
  • Unit 2 – Anatomy & Physiology (Lower Limb in detail)
  • Unit 3 – Dermatology (Anatomy & Physiology of the Skin and Nails)
  • Unit 4 – Clinical Conditions
  • Unit 5 – Pharmaceuticals and Treatment Agents
  • Unit 6 – Bacteriology and Sterilisation
  • Unit 7 – Pathology
  • Unit 8 – Clinical Emergencies and Practice Management

 

Theoretical

The theory side of the Certificate in Foot Health Care course will consist of the following:

  • 8 Units
  • 8 End of Unit Assessments

 

Practical training

During your practical training you will be shown how to carry out the following:

  • Routine maintenance of equipment
  • Record keeping
  • Clinical assessment
  • Scalpel techniques
  • Practice management
  • How to use and maintain surgical drills
  • Diagnosis of foot problems
  • High risk patients
  • Care of the elderly foot
  • Referral of patients
  • Septic conditions
  • Disorders of the nail
  • Treatment of verrucae
  • Padding techniques
  • Reflective practice

 

You will be given dates, whilst studying the theoretical element, for practical training to commence as soon as possible after you have successfully completed and passed all of the theoretical units.

You will be fully insured whilst undertaking your practical training, but purely within the confines of our National Training Centre in Southport.

A Foot Health Practitioner’s primary role is to help people with their foot problems, not just by using treatments but also giving advice on the type of shoes and hosiery they should wear to keep their feet in a healthy condition.

There are many foot conditions that you will be taught to recognise and either treat or refer on where necessary. You will also be shown how to refer patients to a Chiropodist/Podiatrist or a General Practitioner for further treatment where appropriate.

Part of the training will include practice management which will assist you with setting up and promoting your own practice to give you the right start in your new career.

Once fully trained, how you practice will be up to you as long as you remain within your given scope of practice. Most people start by providing a domiciliary (home visit) service since the initial overheads for this are less than that of a clinic-based practice.

The main areas you will be dealing with will be cutting and thinning nails as well as the treatment of ingrowing toe nails. You will also be shown the best way to treat fungal nail infection. As well as toe nails you will be shown and trained on how to remove callus (hard skin), how to remove corns and how verrucae can be treated. You will also be shown how to construct pads to deflect pressure away from sensitive areas.

 

A caring career

Most people will develop foot problems at some stage in their lives, and as the average age of the population increases, so does the demand for the services of Foot Health Practitioners. The services provided will range from relatively minor disorders to major disabling problems.

When patients present in discomfort and you, as a Foot Health Practitioner, are able to alleviate, prevent, or correct these disorders, great satisfaction can be derived from this and the gratitude expressed by patients following treatment.

 

Prospects

More trained Foot Health Practitioners are required not only to accommodate the population increase but also to promote awareness of preventing and treating foot disorders.

Just as importantly, with the decline in foot treatment available under the NHS, there is now even more need for Foot Health Practitioners.

Every patient is different and during your career you could meet and care for hundreds of people.

 

Find out more about a rewarding career in Foot Health by visiting our dedicated website https://cofh.org.uk/

Chiropodists and Podiatrists in the UK are regulated by law. Misconduct, dangerous or unethical actions can result in sanctions against them or ultimately striking off and being prevented from practicing by the Health and Care Professions Council which also regulates their training etc. There is no statutory regulation of training, standards or their professional actions for the growing number of Foot Health Practitioners (FHPs).

In response to this, and to set a benchmark for training, standards, ethics and continuing professional development, the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists as a foremost national body for HCPC registrants founded the College of Foot Health, drawing on its more than sixty years of experience in the profession of Chiropody and Podiatry.

Application for membership of the College of Foot Health is open to Foot Health Practitioners who can demonstrate a level of recognised training, practice and ethics that meets the high standards required. Membership is also granted to IOCP Associates and successful graduates from the Institute’s Foot Health training program. Individuals who do not currently fully meet the required standards may undertake additional training through the College and if successful be awarded membership.

Members of the College are required to carry comprehensive professional indemnity insurance equivalent to the Institute’s group policy and we do recommend that members of the College take advantage of the excellent professional indemnity insurance that has been specially negotiated by the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists on their behalf and also undertake annual continuing professional development as well as have current first / emergency aid training.

The grant of membership is designed to clearly announce the professional status of the Foot Health Practitioner who has gained it, demonstrate their recognition by a respected podiatry organisation and carries with it the right to use the post nominal letters MCFH.

To download an application form please click here

 

Terms and Conditions of membership

Membership of the College of Foot Health is granted at the absolute discretion of the Membership Committee.

Membership is not an automatic right, it is a benefit for members who adhere to our reasonable rules and treat other members, staff and partners with respect.  We may, in the event of misuse of membership, using reasonable discretion, decide to suspend or terminate your membership at any time.  Failure to pay membership fees is not the only reason to terminate membership, conduct and misuse of membership can also lead to that result, such as, but is not limited to, behaviour which is troublesome or shows lack of respect towards fellow members, staff, or partners; criminal actions; or actions which are generally perceived to be immoral, unethical or contrary to the College’s membership rules.  In the event of an application being declined or membership being terminated no correspondence will be entered into.

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Terms and Conditions of membership

Membership of the College of Foot Health is granted at the absolute discretion of the Membership Committee.

Membership is not an automatic right, it is a benefit for members who adhere to our reasonable rules and treat other members, staff and partners with respect.  We may, in the event of misuse of membership, using reasonable discretion, decide to suspend or terminate your membership at any time.  Failure to pay membership fees is not the only reason to terminate membership, conduct and misuse of membership can also lead to that result, such as, but is not limited to, behaviour which is troublesome or shows lack of respect towards fellow members, staff, or partners; criminal actions; or actions which are generally perceived to be immoral, unethical or contrary to the College’s membership rules.  In the event of an application being declined or membership being terminated no correspondence will be entered into.

 

Members receive quarterly issues of Podiatry Review and our new FHP newsletter, which can contribute to your Continued Professional Development.

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We offer CPD courses for podiatrists and further training for Foot Health Practitioners.

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All Foot Health practitioners can apply to join The College of Foot Health industry leading malpractice Insurance
Cover Scheme.

The College of Foot Health are proud to offer our members a comprehensive, market leading support and insurance package, including advice from our unique Medicines and Procedures Panel (MaPP)

 

  1. Insurance and policy details
  2. Medicines and Procedures Panel (MaPP)
  3. Guidance and support from our Ethics committee
  4. Regional networking opportunities

 

  1. Insurance for the members of the College of Foot Health

As a valued member of the College of Foot Health, we are delighted to offer access to a bespoke insurance policy, exclusively available to members. This explains in summary what is included in your policy, how it differs from other insurance products available and why it is so vital to a practising Foot Health Practitioner to ensure you have the right insurance in place. Our dedicated insurance provides you with direct access to claim specialists experienced in dealing with medical insurance claims. Should there ever be the need to use them you will be supported throughout, with a dedicated claims handler and expert advice.

 

What does my policy include?

  • Public Liability Insurance: This type of insurance would cover you if a patient or member of the public was to suffer a loss or injury and they made a claim for compensation against you. This could be a slip or trip in your premises resulting in injury or damage to their property. Public Liability cover is included as standard with an indemnity limit of £5,000,000.

 

  • Legal Expenses Insurance: This type of insurance would cover you for any legal costs incurred during the defence of a claim. For example, it would help cover the appointment of solicitors, barristers and expert witnesses. Also included is access to a dedicated legal advice helpline, which can help you deal with disputes with suppliers, tax enquiries or problems with employees. Legal Expenses is included as standard with an indemnity limit of £100,000.

 

  • Medical Malpractice Insurance: This type of insurance would cover you in the event of any potential negligence committed by you resulting in harm to a patient. Medical malpractice insurance covers you for such things as court costs, settlements and the award of damages. Medical Malpractice cover is included as standard with an indemnity limit of £5,000,000.

 

Without Medical Malpractice cover, you could be held personally liable for any of these costs. Alternative insurance policies rarely include Medical Malpractice cover as standard, making the policy available to College of Foot Health members so valuable.

 

What does my policy cover?

For a Foot Health Practitioner the policy includes the treatment of cutting fingernails for patients who are unable to do this for themselves.  Also includes cover for Aromatherapy and/or Reflexology (below the knee only) and/or Manicures and/or Pedicures.

 

NOTE: When obtaining a quotation for insurance, or requesting cover under an existing policy, you are required to make a fair presentation of the risk to insurers which discloses every material circumstance which you know or ought to know relating to the risk to be insured. A circumstance is material if it would influence the judgment of a prudent insurer in determining whether to provide insurance for the risk and, if so, on what terms. Disclosure must be reasonably clear and accessible to a prudent insurer and made in good faith. The aforementioned duty of disclosure is the applicable duty under the laws of England and Wales.

 

NOTE: When obtaining a quotation for insurance, or requesting cover under an existing policy, you are required to make a fair presentation of the risk to insurers which discloses every material circumstance which you know or ought to know relating to the risk to be insured. A circumstance is material if it would influence the judgment of a prudent insurer in determining whether to provide insurance for the risk and, if so, on what terms. Disclosure must be reasonably clear and accessible to a prudent insurer and made in good faith. The aforementioned duty of disclosure is the applicable duty under the laws of England and Wales.

 

  1. The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Medicines and Procedures Panel (MaPP)

The current panel is made up of 5 members, each of whom have a wealth of experience in podiatry. The role of the panel is wide-reaching. Its primary purpose is that of being an approachable source of definitive, current, evidence based best-practice advice to institute members on the safety and efficacy of the medicines and procedures that are currently utilised or proposed to be introduced by our members.

Additionally, the panel is a source of expertise and professional advice concerning podiatric medicines utilisation and procedures to the area of wider healthcare and medicine, as well as responding to requests for advice and assistance from statutory bodies such as the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency (MHRA) and others such as the media. Any member may request current advice or guidance on specific medicines and procedures matters by contacting the panel via head office.

 

The panel:

Gaynor Wooldridge fulfils the role of Chair. Recently awarded Consultant Fellow of the Institute, Gaynor works in private practice within a multidisciplinary clinic in Kent. With a particular interest in injection therapy, specifically autologous blood, neural prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma and dermal fillers.

 

Abid Ali is Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee. A specialist musculoskeletal triage podiatrist in the NHS he is also clinical director of the Biomechanix clinic in Warwick. His specialist interests include injection therapies, orthotic prescription, ultrasound, sports injuries and paediatric gait anomalies. He is an experienced lecturer who regularly shares his wide knowledge with branches and national meetings. He is also a Consultant Fellow of the Institute.

 

Somuz Miah, has an extended-scope primary care practice in Birmingham and also is a consultant at the Warwick Biomechanix clinic. Somuz is a podiatrist independent prescriber and has substantial experience in various pharmaceutical therapies, by injection, topical or oral routes for a variety of podiatric pathologies. Somuz has recently taken on the role of acting Treasurer for the current IOCP executive board. He is also a consultant Fellow of the Institute.

 

Martin Harvey has an extended-scope podiatry practice in a multi-discipline NHS primary care healthcare centre in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Additionally at this location Martin provides a triage service for local physicians for suspect skin cancers, before decisions are taken as to appropriate secondary care referral pathways. Martin is a podiatrist independent prescriber and also teaches injection therapies for the lower limb to podiatrists, medical doctors and nurses, both in the UK and overseas. Martin also has admitting and out-patient consultant privileges at the Priory Hospital in Birmingham and the Edgbaston Hospital Birmingham.

 

Andrew Williams is Chair of Education. A Consultant in Podiatric Medicine and Musculoskeletal Scientist at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust, Andrew has held this substantive appointment since 2002 within Orthopaedics and Trauma. Previously head of Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery at the Countess of Chester Hospital & Research Fellow in Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery at Liverpool University and completed a fellowship in diabetic limb salvage at University of San Antonio, Texas in 1998.

 

  1. The Ethics committee

This is a detached board of the National Executive Committee that operates in confidence under the leadership of an elected Director of the National Executive. All members are elected officials of the National Executive and bound by a strict confidentiality agreement. Matters that come within the purview of the committee are not shared externally to other board members or other members. A confidential secretary role to the committee is fulfilled by the most senior employee of the IOCP, the Company Secretary, who is likewise bound by the confidentiality requirements of the committee.

The committee meets quarterly as well as being directly approachable at other times for advice by members with ethics concerns. It is non-judgmental and has access to confidential independent legal advice on matters which affect members fitness to practice or similar factors.

It is not a general legal advice facility for any subjects outside ethical matters. Members wishing to submit matters to the committee should in the first instance contact the Company Secretary, Jill Burnett- Hurst, in confidence by phone or letter for guidance on how to proceed.

 

 

  1. Regional networking

All members of the College are allocated to a geographical region, ie. North West, Midlands etc. Each region elects a HCPC registered representative, who then goes forward as an appointed Director to the Executive Board. This means that local and regional events can be organised that range from social gatherings to local or regional education events encompassing speakers from across the whole spectrum of medicine and podiatric medicine.

This unique involvement of local members in the national stance and direction of the IOCP has been its cornerstone for more than 6 decades and in today’s ever more challenging professional arena means that College members can, and do, influence matters of importance to the whole profession of Foot health.

 

 

 

There are numerous benefits of being a member of the College of Foot Health …

  1. All Foot Health Practitioners can apply to join The College of Foot Health’s industry leading malpractice Insurance Cover Scheme
  2. Members receive quarterly issues of Podiatry Review, which can contribute to your Continued Professional Development
  3. Our Annual General Meeting is the ideal opportunity to feedback to the EC on any areas of concern, opportunity or development
  4. Members receive Continuing Professional Development Support– Guidance and assistance with the members continuing professional development portfolio and a 20% discount on Elsevier academic books
  5. Members can enjoy business support from our advice partners
  6. Members have access to specific eIntegrity programmes, an award winning e-learning platform created by the Royal Medical Colleges and leading professional bodies
  7. Access to the members area of the Institute website, which contains the latest news, information, online Continuing Professional Development and discussion forum
  8. Members can join the IOCP ‘Find a Practitioner’ service to promote your business to members of the public finding the IOCP website through search engines
  9. Members can network through local member branches, situated throughout Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for peer support and CPD events
  10. Members have access to a confidential advice service, including advice from the IOCP Medicines and Procedures Panel 

Complete the membership application form for the College of Foot Health along with 2 referee statements and copies of certificates relevant to this application to The College of Foot Health, 150 Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0NP

If you have any questions please contact the IOCP Head Office on +44 (0)1704 546 141 or email secretary@iocp.org.uk

Application for membership of the College of Foot Health is open to Foot Health Practitioners
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