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This month is Skin Cancer Awareness month and we are delighted to announce our new partnership with Melanoma UK. The intention of this partnership is to raise awareness of melanoma, not only this May but throughout the course of the year and your careers, for podiatrists and foot health practitioners to identify lesions of concern, and to give guidance through information and services available to both healthcare professionals and their patients.

Melanoma UK is the leading melanoma patient support organisation in the UK who are active in their participation in health technology appraisal meetings (NICE and SMC), presenting clinically validated information on their website, authoring publications from their Melanoma UK digital registry and who have developed and regularly engage with their very own panel of medical experts.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is the 5th most common cancer in the UK. By 2025 it is projected that 19,513 people in the UK are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma and according to the World Health Organisation approximately 3,119 of these people are expected to die from melanoma that year.

As podiatrists and foot health professionals we see a 3rd of a person’s body each and every working day. It is important that we have an understanding of troublesome lesions and that we can identify those which could prove lethal to our patients. This partnership is the beginning of a journey to educate our profession, offer greater care to our patients, and an opportunity to work together to help reduce these daunting figures.

What better way to introduce you to melanoma than this highly-informative webinar on acral and subungual melanoma with Professor Christian Aldridge (Melanoma UK Medical Advisor) and Ms Kei Hutchinson (Associate lecturer In podiatry at Cardiff Uni) on Acral and Subungual Melanoma. https://www.melanomauk.org.uk/acral-and-subungual-melanoma

Together with Melanoma UK we aim to bring you further information, news and education around skin cancers and melanoma throughout the course of the year.

For more information on melanoma and the great work and resources available from Melanoma UK visit Melanoma UK

For full details and to register you attendance contact Janette Pegley-Reed jpegleyreed@gmail.com

 

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

 

Ireland

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

Bill Liggins,

Trained at the Birmingham School of Chiropody, Bill is a retired Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, who worked in both private practice and the NHS. A qualified teacher and lecturer, nationally and internationally, to Institute members and to medical organisations.  Bill also was an advisor to the Healthcare Commission which appointed him as an ‘expert witness’. A Fellow of the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Bill has served as Chairman of the Education Sub-Committee and as Chair of the organisation.  More recently Bill has served as a co-opted member of the Board advising on matters relevant to surgery and local anaesthesia.

Bill’s full resume and policies are available to members in the Election of Candidates mailing.

 

Caroline McCartney,

Qualifying in April 1997 with the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Caroline is now in her 25th year as an Institute member. Caroline has worked across the private healthcare sector in various roles as both a healthcare professional, and a business owner/director. Caroline has an established business which has now expanded to three clinics specialising in Podiatry, Chiropody, Foot Health, Remedial Massage, Beauty, Acupuncture, Counselling and alternative therapies.

Since 2019 Caroline has served as the England North Regional Director of the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and is the Leeds Branch Secretary as well as the lead of the IOCP’s NEW Business Club. Caroline is also studying for her Level 3 award in Education and Training which will enable her to tutor and mentor future Foot Health Practitioners at our Southport Training School.

Caroline’s full resume and policies is available to members in the Election of Candidate mailing.

 

Linda Pearson,

Linda has worked in Private Practice since qualifying as a Chiropodist in 1997 from the Scholl training school in Southport, where she joined the Institute of Chiropodists.  In 2010, Linda gained her BSc in Podiatric Medicine. Linda is the current President of the Institute of Chiropodists & Podiatrists as well as the Wales Regional Director.

Linda is an advocate of regional meetings, face-to-face meetings, education and continued learning. Linda believes ensuring the longevity of the IOCP is paramount, and that she can help to forward the profession and raise its profile in a positive manner towards a stronger and brighter future for all levels of our membership whilst upholding the Institutes core values.

Linda’s full resume and policies are available to members in the Election of Candidate mailing.

 

 

 

Over the past few years we have seen rising costs in bottled Phenol and associated Phenol products. As a result of many discussions with colleagues including that of the EC board at the IOCP, and with fellow colleagues via our Phenol webinar (Phenol; Use, supply & alternatives) we began researching the product and potential alternative products and chemical applications (Phenol, Podiatry Review, 2021) At the time of our research we received notification about the National Safety Patient Alert (PSA – Liquefied Phenol)

The IOCP has a Medicines and Procedures Panel (MaPP) in place for this exact purpose. Led by Chair of Medicines Gaynor Wooldridge. MaPP quickly changed focus to source alternative treatments and products for use in Podiatry. This research led us to discussions with Canonbury about a new potential product they had sourced. We were delighted to be invited by Canonbury to offer clinical review of the product. Canonbury have today launched that product; SafeTPen™

Gaynor Wooldridge, Chair of the medicines and procedures panel (MaPP) for the IOCP writes:

“There were a number of possible safe alternatives already available for chemical matrixectomy, including some well-known brands, Sodium Hydroxide or Trichloroacetic Acid.

As Chair of the Medicines and Procedures Panel (MaPP) for the IOCP, I led a team to immediately begin researching safe phenol alternatives for members and, in August 2021, we had discussions with a US provider of single-use phials. Four members trialled the new product, but we quickly decided that it was very similar to another product already available in its handling and application.

In September 2021, we began talks with Canonbury about what seemed like an exciting potential new product development, and we entered into discussions on what we, as Podiatrists, actually needed from a single-use phenol. That was incredibly easy. We all know, in our profession, what the disadvantages of the current products are:

  1. The ability to access the phenol easily and safely
  2. Seeing the product we’re actually using
  3. Not running short of the phenol during nail surgery
  4. Safely being able to apply the product with an applicator that is too large

The prototype was available at the end of November 2021, and handling it was a ‘wow’ moment. It felt so easy, safe and comfortable, and came with an applicator tip that truly suited its purpose. Yes, this was exciting!

So, here we are today with the launch of this amazing new product, that I absolutely believe will be a game-changer for the world of podiatry.

A huge thanks to Canonbury, we are proud to have been part of this innovative new product that we now know as SafeTPen™.”

For more information on SafeTPen™ visit https://www.canonbury.com/

Members of the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists can access our nail surgery protocols (written by W J Liggins) for Phenol BP via the members area of our website.

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

 

 

 

The last remaining COVID restrictions in England have ended (24th Feb), in the Republic of Ireland the mandatory requirement to wear a mask was removed (28th Feb) and Scotland’s restrictions are due to end on 21st March.

The guidance from NHS England, the UK Health Security Agency, the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency, and Public Health Wales continues to recommend Type II or Type IIR face coverings in healthcare settings.

The advice also recommends that: “physical distancing of one metre should still remain, increasing whenever feasible to two metres, across all health and care settings”. The guidance continues to recommend that staff and organisations continue to undertake risk assessments using ‘hierarchy of controls’ measures. This should include an evaluation of the ventilation in the area, operational capacity, physical distancing and prevalence of Covid-19.

This information is applicable to all health professionals.  The Government link is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings.

There is a good ‘Nursing Times’ article, that shares concern from a health professional prospective of what is likely to happen post 1st April. https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/coronavirus/living-with-covid-19-what-new-plan-means-for-nurses-22-02-2022/

The guidance has also made a range of recommendations for occupational health practitioners working within the NHS, health or care settings. This has included re-emphasising that “prompt recognition” of cases of respiratory infection among health and care staff remains essential to limiting transmission. “All staff should be vigilant for any signs of respiratory infection and should not come to work if they have respiratory symptoms.

Full Infection Control Precautions can be found here Infection prevention and control for seasonal respiratory infections in health and care settings (including SARS-CoV-2) for winter 2021 to 2022 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

There are additional resources for your clinic including best practice hand wash, best practice hand rub and sample screening tools available via this link COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

In the Republic of Ireland with effect from 28th February, the mandatory requirement to wear masks was removed, whilst public health advice that masks should continue to be worn on public transport and in healthcare settings remains. Please see https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/aac74c-guidance-on-safe-use-of-face-coverings/

Philip Basham, BA, FInstCh and Jean Basham (nee Truscott), BA, FInstCh, were 2 notable figures for The Institute and what was then the British College of Podiatry, back in the 1970’s. After several years of surgical work, they decided to share their knowledge of surgical procedures in a book, published in 1984; ‘Practical Podiatry’ – one of the earliest UK publications of such guidance.

Philip and Jean held key roles on the IOCP elect committee and contributed highly to education and communication through our quarterly journal “Podiatry Review”. Philip and Jean would award the “Basham Literary Prize” annually for an outstanding published article in the Review. A tradition we continue to honour all they contributed.

This year’s Basham Literary Prize is awarded jointly to Afni Shah-Hamilton and Andy Horwood, for their outstanding series of articles throughout all of this year’s Podiatry Review journals.

Afni’s articles on the role of podiatrists in cancer care, have been extremely well received by colleagues, podiatry students, tissue viability nurses and doctors as well as Macmillan Cancer Research.

Andy has produced highly informative articles on essentials of clinical biomechanics, including the 5-page CPD article on the Venous Foot Pump, for our summer publication.

Many congratulations to both Afni and Andy, for your thoroughly enjoyable articles, and our sincere thanks for your time, commitment and for sharing your expertise.

 

To read one of their articles visit https://iocp.org.uk/about/podiatry-review/