18th October 2023

An official statement regarding Platelet Rich Plasma has been issued by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

MHRA Platelet Rich Plasma

Communication from the HCPC 11th October 2023

The HCPC has now published its response to our review of the Standards of conduct, performance and ethics. You can find the full response here. The revised Standards come into effect on 1 September 2024.

On the HCPC website there is now a page dedicated to the revised Standards, which includes a breakdown of all the changes. It also includes information on a series of webinars we will be running on the revised Standards up to January 2024, with more due to be scheduled in the New Year on the specific revisions.

We are also holding a stakeholder session on both these revised Standards and our upcoming consultation on English language proficiency for international applicants. This will take place on Monday 30 October (2pm – 4pm). If you wish to attend, please contact Adam Haxell,

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists are proud to support this year’s Diabetes Professional Care Conference & Exhibition.

Diabetes Professional Care, the UK’s leading conference and exhibition for the diabetes healthcare community, has announced its conference programme for 2023.

Taking place on 15-16 November at Olympia London, Diabetes Professional Care will bring together over 3,500 healthcare professionals. The entire diabetes team, from across primary and secondary care will attend to gain key policy and clinical updates, discover the latest technology, and explore the future of diabetes care. The programme has been carefully curated with the input of an expert steering committee representative of all members of the integrated and multi-disciplinary team, including diabetes specialists, consultants and GPwERs.

Top practitioners and thought leaders will share their real-world learning and expertise, including:

  • Sarah Davies, GP with Special Interest in Diabetes, Cardiff
  • Kevin Fernando, GP Partner, North Berwick Health Centre & Scottish Lead Primary Care Diabetes Society
  • Chrissie Jones, Director of Research for The School of Psychology, University of Surrey
  • David Unwin, RCGP Clinical Expert in Diabetes, Norwood Surgery
  • Jason Cheung, Clinical Lead for Inpatient Diabetes Care Service, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Helen O’Neil, Senior Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist, Tees Valley NECS
  • Jim Moore, President, Primary Care Cardiovascular Society
  • Raj Thakkar, GP, Primary Care Cardiology Lead, Oxford AHSN & National Primary Care Workstream Co-Lead, CPIP, NHS England
  • Ellen Calteau, Food Addiction Resources (FAR) Operations Manager, Public Health Collaboration
  • Nadia Malik, PCN Pharmacist, North Stockton PCN

Theatres include:

  • Keynote Theatre
  • Clinical Theatres
  • Heart and Kidney Clinic
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Clinic
  • Future of Diabetes Care Theatre
  • NHS Park
  • Foot and Wound Clinic

New for 2023: Future of Diabetes Care Theatre
Brand new this year, the Future of Diabetes Care Theatre will look forward at what can and should be expected in the future of diabetes prevention, care, and treatment. It will also explore the different elements that could transform the way that healthcare professionals work.

Agnes Jacobs, Content Lead of Diabetes Professional Care, said: “This year’s event is not to be missed. There is so much going on in the world of diabetes care, prevention and management currently, and – along with our steering committee – we are finalising an exciting and informative programme that will support attendees to update and develop their knowledge, and ultimately improve the care and support they give to their patients.”

Following a record-breaking attendance in 2022, Diabetes Professional Care will provide cutting-edge CPD accredited learning to the whole multi-disciplinary team, including diabetologists and endocrinologists, cardiologists, consultants, pharmacists, clinical directors, GPs, allied healthcare professionals, and more. Over 50 leading product and service providers will also be on-hand across both days to showcase the latest innovations and offer tailored advice to support delegates with their day-to-day challenges.

Diabetes Professional Care is free to attend for registered healthcare professionals. You can register online here.

For delegate enquiries, please contact the team on

For sponsorship or exhibition enquiries, please contact Tereza, Show Manager, on


The organisers, CloserStill Media, specialise in global professional events within the healthcare and technology markets. The healthcare portfolio includes some of the UK’s fastest-growing and award-winning events, such as Health Plus Care, The Clinical Pharmacy Congress, Diabetes Professional Care, The Dentistry Show, The Pharmacy Show and Acute & General Medicine. It is a market leading innovator. With its teams and international events, it has won multiple awards, including Best Marketer – five times in succession – Best Trade Exhibition, Best Launch Exhibition, and Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For – four years in series – among others. CloserStill Media delivers unparalleled quality and relevant audiences for all its exhibitions, delivering NHS and private sector healthcare professionals from across occupational therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, primary and secondary care with more than £16m worth of free training.

An Introduction To The Foot and Its Common Problems in the Adult

By David R. Tollafield

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists are excited and proud to have commissioned this dynamic and important handbook, by way of an introduction to everything you need to know about the adult human foot.

The challenging subject of foot and lower limb mechanics is admirably clarified and easy to follow in this 180-page paperback, Pocket sized book. Well- illustrated, clear and informative, this book will appeal to podiatrists and foot health practitioners at all levels, whether you are new to the anatomy and workings of the foot or as a reference for reminder. This book will also appeal to other professions and healthcare professionals who have an interest in the foot.

David worked closely with IoCP board members during his talented creation of this seminal publication, including Bill Liggins, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon and Editor of the IoCP journal ‘Podiatry Review’, and the Chair of the IoCP and medicines specialist Gaynor Wooldridge.

The Institute’s Director of Education, Consultant Podiatrist Martin Harvey, commented; “This book will be of inestimable value as an aide memoir for the experienced and essential reading for the student of the foot as well as other healthcare professionals. It is neither patronising to the experienced nor needlessly complex for the newcomer. A genuine Tour de Force”

Written by Helen Rawse

To read this article please click here

Case Notes is a regular feature in the IoCP quarterly publication – Podiatry Review. Every member will have seen unusual patients and/or will have unusual conditions which will be of interest to the readership, colleagues and peers.

Case Notes is an expansion on your own medical notes ensuring you do not identify the patient, unless you have written consent.

We welcome all submissions of your findings to be featured in our Podiatry Review, please contact for more information or to submit your case!

President’s address given to the 68th Annual General Meeting, held at The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiartists Head Office, Southport on the 29th April 2023

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Over the last three years we all as individuals and as an organisation have faced unprecedented challenges and changes that we have all adapted to and overcome. This has proved not only to strengthen our organisation but also we have this year seen a growth in memberships to both the Institute and College of Foot Health.

‘The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new’

The quality of our Continuing Professional Development is outstanding with our Dermal Filler and Steroid Injection courses fully attended. Also our webinars and Step Ahead Business Club have proved very successful.

I’m also fortunate to also be a part of our Education Faculty. We are currently developing some courses that are going to be available to all scopes of practice to give all our members the opportunity to increase not just their knowledge and skills, but to be able to offer more treatments in their profession roles.

I would like this opportunity to encourage you all as members to support and attend your designated Branches. Branches are an important way to not only interact with other members socially but how we can share our experiences, ideas and knowledge with each other. 

I  was privileged to be invited to the Irish Conference this May which was an absolutely fabulous day! The quality of the speakers was outstanding and I was made to feel so welcome by our Irish members. The Irish membership is a huge part of our organisation and they too have seen an significant growth in membership over the last year.

Gaining my level 3 qualification in Adult Education and Training, I have spent a number of days at our Foot Health Practitioner training College at our Head Office in Southport and observing the students in their soon to be new career in the foot world and looking forward to my first full week with students at the end of July.

I have enjoyed this last year working alongside not only other board members and co-opted board members but also staff at our Head Office and our marketing director. As well as forging new relationships with members of both the Institute and College of Foot Health.

I feel I have fully embraced my position as President over the last 12 months it’s been a very fulfilling year and I am very much looking forward to what the next year ahead is going to bring!

As always ‘Concordia Victrix’

Kindest regards 

Caroline McCartney 

President IoCP

From 31 March 2023, Ireland’s podiatrists and chiropodists will be subject to new statutory regulations. From that date, only those professionals who have applied to register with CORU will be entitled to work in Ireland using these titles. With the deadline fast approaching CORU is urging all practitioners to complete their applications without delay.

CORU’s role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence across a wide range of professions. Podiatry will be the 12th profession fully regulated by CORU, which now oversees the work of over 25,000 health and social care professionals in Ireland.

Regulation is a positive development and the introduction of regulation to cover the work of podiatrists and chiropodists sends a powerful message about the quality and consistency of care patients can expect. It is a major milestone and one that everyone working in the profession should be extremely proud of. CORU is looking forward to working with the registrants to ensure the highest standards are consistently delivered.

CORU is now advising all those working in the profession to act now to avoid problems. We have designed the registration process to be as clear and straightforward as possible. But it can still take applicants time to complete. For example, you will need to compile relevant academic transcripts and complete a Garda vetting application. Those who delay could find themselves missing the deadline.

After the deadline date of 31 March 2023, the titles of “podiatrist” and “chiropodist” will become legally protected in Ireland. Missing this deadline means being unable to work. This could have serious implications for individuals’ careers as well as to the care of their patients.

For more information visit Apply for Registration – Coru or mail for support with any questions.


The results of election for President have been counted and verified. We are delighted to announce Caroline McCartney as the new IoCP President for the term 2022 – 2024.

Our thanks to all members who voted and to nominees Bill Liggins and Linda Pearson.

Caroline: Hello to all Members & Colleagues, Firstly I would like to thank the Leeds Branch members for their nomination and to all members for their confidence in supporting myself. I am looking forward to working closely alongside our CEO, our board members and all the staff at Head Office and of course with you, our members… As we, all together, can grow an even better future for the IoCP & College of Foot Health.

Many thanks also to Bill and Linda for their kind words of support.

Our sincere thanks to Linda Pearson, who served as President from 2014 – 2022. Read Linda’s full AGM address here


The results of the IoCP 2022 Awards are as follows:

Student of the Year 2021 

Awarded to Sian Parker-Perry 










Student Endeavour Award 2021 

Awarded to Patricia Radford 










The Basham Literary Prize 2021 

Awarded to both Afni Shah-Hamilton & Andrew Horwood 

 Academic Fellowship 

Awarded to Afni Shah-Hamilton 

 Consultant Fellowship 

Awarded to Afni Shah-Hamilton 





Consultant Fellowship 

Awarded to Abid Hussain 










Honorary Consultant Fellowship 

Awarded to Lewis Stuttard 









Branch Endeavour Award 2021 / 2022



Presidents Award 2021 / 2022

Janette Pegley-Reed


We’d like to remind fellow members and colleagues about the patient safety alert (Published 2010) regarding the use of digital tourniquets. Various YouTube videos show the use of the wrong type of tourniquet. These videos are historic and do not reflect current practices.

Please see this link for a reminder of patient safety alert BMJ-tourniquet safety alert

A reminder that actions for the national Patient Safety Alert regarding the use of ultrasound gel must now be complete.

The alert was raised when the UKHSA identified long-standing outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia linked to a non-sterile ultrasound gel product used in hospitals in the UK and Ireland.

Actions to be completed by 31/01/22 as listed below:

1. Review and amend policies, protocols, training and awareness-raising materials to ensure they are aligned to UKHSA guidance for safe use of ultrasound gel, including that:

a. Sterile ultrasound gel in single use containers is always used:
i. for invasive procedures
ii. if an invasive procedure is likely to be undertaken in the following 24 hours
iii. in labour where there is high likelihood of C-section or use of invasive instrumentation during delivery
iv. where there is contact with or near to non-intact skin
v. where the ultrasound examination is near to an indwelling invasive device
vi. where there is contact with mucous membranes (sterile gel to be used inside and outside of probe covers),
vii. for severely immunocompromised patients
viii. for all procedures in high dependency/intensive-care settings including neonatal intensive care units

b. For non-sterile ultrasound gel used outside of the indications above, ensure only pre-filled disposable (i.e. non-refillable) bottles or single use sachets are used

2. Cease using large containers of ultrasound gel intended for decanting:
a. dispose of any containers in use, as well as the bottles decanted into
b. remove any such bottles or containers from storage and clinical areas
c. amend purchasing systems so that these products cannot be purchased

Please click below image for full details