Membership of the College of Foot Health
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.