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Health Education England is launching the standards for the foot health support workforce.

The Foot Health Standards are part of work which aims to increase the supply of podiatrists in the NHS, while expanding the role of the support workforce. The Standards will ensure that the NHS recognises the knowledge and skills of the wider foot health support workforce.

The Standards were open to consultation in late 2020. The responses of stakeholders have been used to further develop the Standards and to better understand the issues and challenges around this topic.

The Standards are intended to support the NHS in utilising the full skills mix of the foot health workforce to meet demand, by providing a clear understanding of the footcare treatments that the NHS podiatry support workforce and foot health practitioners can safely perform. The needs and safety of patients is central in this work. Employers and managers can use the Standards to effectively plan, develop, and deploy their support workforce.

From our work with support workers and services across the country we know there is wide variation in their education and training, and how they are deployed. This work will ensure that:

  1. Patients and service users have access to skilled and consistently well-trained support workers who have a defined role within their team
  2. support workers have access to development structures that provide opportunities to follow a richer and more rewarding career pathway
  3. services can address the current variation in support worker roles, banding and progression
  4. support worker roles can be at the heart of improvements in service delivery and transformation, including new models of care.

The main objective is to increase the supply into podiatry and ensure that the NHS recognises the knowledge and skills of the support workforce.

How to use the Standards

NHS managers can use the Standards to understand the treatments that different parts of their foot health support workforces can safely deliver. This will support them in ensuring that they have in place workforces with the skills mix they need to care for patients. This will help managers design services to meet increased patient demand.

Education providers can use the Standards to underpin the development of educational pathways into the NHS podiatry support workforce and onto pre-registration education and training programmes in podiatry. This will support the development and growth of the support and podiatrist workforce

The development of the Standards was overseen by a Consortium of Foot Health Leaders who gathered to address the problem of the falling recruitment numbers on traditional routes into podiatry. The priority of the Consortium was to develop a foot health career ladder and educational resources that will support and increase the number of podiatrists and podiatry support workers working in the NHS.

The work of the Consortium has enabled a better understanding of the workforce that provides foot care, with the aim of optimising this workforce for the benefit of those who use the services of any practitioner, in England, who work in this arena.

To view the standards visit Standards for the Foot Health Workforce | Health Education England (

We are delighted to have welcomed so many new members in 2021. We are run by podiatrists for podiatrists, and with your continued support and invaluable feedback we continue to grow, expanding our connections and networks to bring you the best support, advice, collaborations and of course our unrivalled insurance packages!

We are also delighted to announce that for another year, there will be no increase in our membership, plus if you renew before 31st December you are entitled to further discounts.

Key benefits of IOCP membership 2022:

  • Community Trade Union – pay monthly trade union advice and support with FREE online learning
  • Discounted rates with HMCA
  • Online CPD webinars
  • IOCP CPD roadshow!

…and all existing membership benefits, including access to industry leading malpractice insurance, quarterly Podiatry Review, monthly e-newsletters, and more interaction with our elect committee for help, advice and support when you need it!

3 easy ways to renew:

  1. Renew online – simply sign in to the members area here

  2. Pay by bank transfer 

  3. or by direct debit 


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NOTE: Colleagues applying for membership from the Republic of Ireland who wish to take advantage of our insurance, please be aware the insurance is tailored to your scope of practice and our insurance partners may need to discuss this with you prior to agreeing cover and premium.

*Terms and conditions apply

  • Discounted rates are applicable for the period up to and including 31/12/2021 only. All offers cease at 00.01 hours on 01/01/2022.
  • Online payments made via the IOCPs website, on or before 31/12/2021, will receive a 5% discount on membership fees (£237.50). Payments made after this date will be charged the full rate of £250.
  • Payments made via the BACS system, on or before 31/12/2021, will receive a 7% discount on membership fees (total payable £232.50). Payments made after this date will be charged the full rate of £250.00.
  • Direct debit mandates must be received on or before 15th December 2021. £20.00 administration fee will be charged for missed payments regardless of DD option.
  • By paying via Direct Debit you are entering into a contract to pay the full annual fee, plus an administration fee where applicable. Should you choose to cancel your direct debit part-way through the year, you are legally bound to pay the outstanding fees to the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists immediately.
  • The management reserves the right to withdraw these offers at any time.

Health Education England, along with the Foot Health Consortium are launching a consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on a draft set of standards for the foot health practitioner and podiatry support workforce.

The consultation will be open from Monday 23 November 2020 – midday Friday 15 February 2021.

The Standards have been developed to support the NHS to effectively use the full skills mix of the foot health workforce to meet demand by providing a clear understanding of the footcare treatments that foot health practitioners and the podiatry support workforce can safely perform. The needs and safety of patients is central in this work.

We would therefore value your feedback about the standards via the consultation and look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions as we take this vital and important next step.

Please visit the HEE consultation webpage for the consultation survey link and two important documents that will help you respond to the consultation.

The Consultation on standards for the non–regulated foot health workforce sets out the background to the work to develop the Standards. It then explains more about how the Standards have been developed and how it is proposed they will be used. The draft Standards on which we are seeking your feedback have been published alongside this consultation document.

Visit the HEE website for the Standards and Consultation document that will accompany the consultation

In 2019, we gathered as a Consortium of Foot Health Leaders to address the problem of the falling recruitment numbers on traditional routes into podiatry. The priority of the Consortium is to develop a foot health career ladder and educational resources that will support and increase the number of podiatrists and podiatry support workers working in the NHS.

The work of the Consortium has enabled a better understanding of the workforce that provides foot care, with the aim of optimising this workforce for the benefit of those who use the services of any practitioner, in England, who work in this arena.

These Foot Health Education and Training Standards are the result of a year’s work to increase the supply of podiatrists in the NHS workforce. We also want to ensure that the NHS recognises the knowledge and skills of the wider foot care support workforce.

Up to 80% of the population are estimated to need the services of either an NHS or private podiatrist at some stage of their life, to deal with health problems of the feet. Whilst parts of the profession have continued to provide urgent emergency treatments during the current pandemic, podiatry now has to work out new methods of returning to its additional roles of regular preventative care for the many millions of people, including many  vulnerable people such as diabetics, who need such care every year. Podiatrist Martin Harvey, chief executive of the national professional body the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists said; “our members face the challenge that in order to work on peoples feet we are certainly not socially distant, so we have had to implement and develop new systems of working giving the maximum possibly safety to patient and podiatrist alike. Let me reassure the public that as regulated Health Professionals we are ensuring that we adhere to the highest possible standards of personal protection equipment and your feet are as safe as we can possibly make them in our hands. Members of the public can see the detailed guidance available to our members on the Institutes website

Dear members,

We have sourced some protective visors for your use. The visors are being printed by students in Hertfordshire using 3D printers. The students are creating the visors for frontline staff who cannot obtain, afford and/or access PPE.

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, as well as The College of Foot Health, are proud to support the students efforts by covering costs of materials. Please note the visors available via The Institute are being sold on at cost price and no profit is being made by either us or the students involved.

Alternative visors and PPE equipment is available via our trusted trade partners as set out in May newsletter.

If you would like to order a pack of 10 visors, cost £10 per pack, and help support the students efforts please email



Stay Safe.


Now in its second year, The College of Foot Health Ltd, was established and fully accredited by the UK professional organisation The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists to clearly announce and support the professional status of Foot Health Practitioners.

In more recent months our team have been working with Health Education England (HEE) on the Foot Health Consortium, established to set an agreed benchmark for training, standards, ethics and continuing professional development within the profession.

As a result of this and with the continuing growth and requirement for Foot Health Practitioners within our society/community, we are delighted to launch our dedicated social media pages specifically for Foot Health Practitioners. You can follow us now via twitter @TheCoFH and like our page @TheCoFH on Facebook, where we will be sharing all FHP related articles from our dedicated newsletter, information on CPD training, events and details on our online course to become an FHP.

Whilst the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the ways  in which we are all working, or not in many cases, people around the world are embracing and testing boundaries of modern technology. This is also true of our team at Head Office. As always the IOCP are committed to maintaining and offering our members the best possible service and support until such a time that we can start to go back to normal.

Therefore we have launched weekly Wednesday webinars, aptly dubbed “Wed-inars” to keep members and fellow podiatry colleagues in-touch and earning CPD during our period of downtime. It’s FREE, it’s for YOU!

Our first webinar was held on the 1st April and was warmly received by all attendees. If you missed it, a recording of the meeting can be found via our events pages or via our social sites.

The subjects are added to our events calendar on our website. You can register either via our Facebook page or by emailing with the subject line “Wed-inar CPD”.

From the 17th April, we will be introducing FHP Fridays for our Foot Health Practitioner friends of The College of Foot Health. More details of these will be released shortly.

If you are a Podiatrist or a FHP and would like a specific topic covered please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do!

Stay Safe.









Whether you are a Podiatry member or are looking to join us, we want to ensure you’re aware of what The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (IOCP) has to offer by answering some of your frequently asked questions and reminding you of the key benefits of our membership and insurance.

Q: Are members of the IOCP HCPC registered?

A: Yes. Membership of the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is only open to practitioners registered with the Health and care Professions Council (HCPC) who meet the HCPC conditions for registration. Members may use the protected titles of Chiropodist and/or Podiatrist.  As a condition of membership it is mandatory to undertake to adhere to the Institutes strict code of ethics and professional conduct which is supplementary to the requirements of the HCPC.

Q: What makes you different to other organisations?

A: The Institute is a democratic organisation with the election of officers both local and national being decided bi-annually by members. All members therefore play an active role in their own affairs. For more than 80 years the Institute, and its precursor the Joint Council of Chiropodists, has followed an independent line at the forefront of the profession it serves, for the progress and well-being of both the profession and the public.

Q: As an individual member do my opinions count? Do I really have a voice?

A: We are a truly  democratic organisation managed for members by a democratically elected executive board of members, who are themselves active clinicians , we listen and act upon your feedback.  Each member has a voice, as a member with us you are able to raise concerns and or queries at Regional levels or at our National AGM where there is a designated question time for members to raise questions. In addition, you can always contact the full-time staff at Head Office who operate under the direction of the elected board.

Q: Can I be a member of the IOCP and have membership elsewhere?

A: Yes. The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is open to ALL HCPC registered professionals.

Q: What designatory letters can I use after my name?

A: If you are a full member of the IOCP and HCPC registered you can use MInstChP. Fellows can use FInstChP and consultant fellows of the Institute Faculty of Podiatric Medicine FPodM.

Q: How much of my membership fee does the institute spend on paying staff and directors instead of using it for the direct benefit of members?

A: We naturally have to have full – time administration staff who are paid the average wage for such jobs. Staff numbers are kept to the bare minimum necessary to look after member’s needs. All directors and other officers are voted in biannually from the membership, by the membership. They volunteer their services freely and receive no payment for such services nor payment for loss of earnings when on IOCP business, they may claim actual ‘out of pocket’ expenses for items such as travel to meetings and basic overnight accommodation in a Travelodge or similar, but that is all.

Q: Does the IOCP support Foot Health Practitioners (FHP)?

A: The IOCP acknowledges the valuable support FHP’s provide to our profession and although we do not allow FHP’s membership of the IOCP we do support their work through The College of Foot Health provided each individual can demonstrate a level of recognised training, practice and ethics that meet high standards.

Q: What do you insure?

A: Our insurance is bespoke to your needs. We currently offer 4 levels of cover which ranges from basic Podiatry skills to diagnostic ultrasound and Cryoanalgesia Treatment. Please see our Insurance page

Q: I want to use leading-edge therapies that seem to fall outside the usual podiatry indemnity insurance products, can the IOCP help me?

A: With a background stretching back some eighty years from our founding in 1938 as The Joint Council of Chiropodists of Great Britain and Ireland, we have vast experience of the changes in the level of practice in Chiropody / Podiatry and Insurers value the excellent claims record of our responsible membership. We have what many regards as the widest range of ‘standard’ indemnity insurance cover in UK podiatry and our specialist brokers can usually offer individually tailored quotations for the ‘different’ therapies via specialist underwriters.

Q: I qualified as a Chiropodist but also have qualifications in Reflexology and applying Paraffin Wax to the Hands and Feet.  Is there an insurance policy to cover all 3 or do I have to keep them separate?

A: We have a comprehensive range of professional indemnity insurances that are appropriate to individual levels of practice, there are 4 standard levels of cover, all you need to do is choose which one covers your needs and pay the appropriate premium. In addition we may be able to facilitate bespoke underwriting for therapies and procedures that may lie outside the mainstream.

Q: Do I have to attend all of the education/courses at our National Training Centre, as I live over 7 hours away?

A: Not at all, although we run many specialist courses at the Nation Training Centre many are also run regionally.  You can access these via our website, contacting Head Office or there will be details in your Podiatry Review.

Q: Are there any opportunities to meet up with like-minded individuals for educational, trade and social events?

A: Regional seminars or great for this purpose or you may like to attend our National AGM at the NEC in Birmingham this year.

Q: Can I get questions answered out of office hours?

A: We have an excellent support network through either regional support links or try our members only forum.

Q: Are there any opportunities as a member to expand my knowledge and broaden my horizons?  As an experienced practitioner of 30+ years I would like to give something back.

A: The IOCP have a team of hard-working National Officers, who stand for a period of 2 years.  We are always looking for new, energetic and hardworking members to continue to ensure the smooth running and longevity of the organisation.   The criteria is a minimum of 5 years as an IOCP member and they must be H.C.P.C. Registered.


  • MaPP . The Medicines and Procedures Panel is led by an experienced chair and includes senior academics, consultant Podiatrists, Podiatrist Independent Prescribers and Podiatric Surgeons. It can provide measured and considered advice to members who may wish to have guidance on new or novel therapies, therapeutic agents or other treatments.
  • We work hard to bring you all the latest industry news and work with various trade partners to offer special rates and benefits for members, as well as with key organisations to inform you of the latest MUST attend events!
  • Free “find a practitioner” listing on our website
  • Quarterly issues of our Podiatry Review, which can contribute towards your CPD.
  • Business Support from our advice partners.
  • CPD courses requested by you!

 11 – 12 May 2018

Southport Theatre & Convention Centre

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (IOCP) returns to its hometown of Southport for the 63rd Annual Conference.


Boasting key speakers from the healthcare industry, this year’s event is set to be our best yet!

Featuring a LIVE courtroom experience, hands-on workshops, a trade exhibition with exclusive offers, there really is no better opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on the latest treatments, developments and products for use in your practice to the benefit of your patients. 


Not forgetting our Annual Dinner & Awards – The President’s reception followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and entertainment – not to be missed!

“Listen very carefully I shall say this only once! There are less than 2 weeks to go until our annual conference and this years’ president’s dinner is UNMISSABLE! Who make’s it to dessert? Can you really trust the person next to you? Who will never see another “Good Moaning”?! Book your ticket at “Cafe Rene” for an evening of fun, laughter and merry-mingling after!” Tickets are £34 each book your place here

Join us in shaping the future of Podiatry together

Are you worrying about the upcoming HCPC Audit?

Join Barbara Heaton at 2pm on Friday, 11th May in syndicate room 3 for her presentation ‘De-stressing the HCPC audit – Some help from experience’
Barbara has been audited three times….No need to book just turn up at 2pm.

Exclusive to our 2018 event, LIVE Interactive Forensic Podiatry workshop by


Presented by Catherine Brown, Barrister and expert trainer with Bond Solon. This highly intensive and practical workshop provides a unique insight in to the world of forensic podiatry. Join our courtroom to see how Podiatrists can effectively present evidence as a witness in court and some of the techniques they may experience when being cross-examined.

Key learning objectives:

Role of the Podiatrist as an expert or witness in fact
How the adversarial system works
Techniques lawyers use in cross-examination and how to handle them
How to give clear, honest and objective evidence

Bond Solon is the largest provider of Expert Witness and Witness of Fact Training in the UK and have been involved in preparing witnesses in some of the UK and world’s highest-profile cases. Since 1992, over 250,000 witnesses have attended their programmes.


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Keynote speakers

Michael Ratcliffe FFPM RCPS (Glasg), M.Ch.S., Pod.M., B.Sc., M.Sc., Cert. Ed
“Anatomy & examination of the spring ligaments/tendon of muscle tibialis posterior”

In the presentation we will; Examine the anatomy of the Spring Ligament and explore its functional and structural relationship with the tendon of muscle Tibialis Posterior. Use a novel examination to determine if it is the Spring Ligament only that is damaged in rarer cases of acute flatfoot. Apply a combination of elastic tapes to support and partly restore function to the acute flatfoot where the Spring Ligament is damaged




Linda Lawson
“Dementia – Myths and misunderstandings”

An Information Worker for Alzheimer’s Society Sefton. Linda is responsible for raising awareness of dementia in the area by giving talks, staffing information stands, publicising events and running an email news service. In addition Linda provides valuable local information resources to help people with dementia, their families and professionals understand the condition and know where to turn for support.



Daniel Lawrence
“Achilles Tendinopathy –  7 things to do and 7 things not to do”

UK Chartered Physiotherapist, published author and international lecturer Daniel Lawrence shares some useful clinical tips against the backdrop of the latest research for Achilles Tendinopathy.

With separate post-graduate qualifications in Muscluloskeletal Medicine and Education. Daniel now combines teaching and writing with running an NHS funded clinic in his local area as well as being on the board of Directors for RockTape UK, PhysioBooks & StickMobility UK.


Martin Harvey
“An Introduction to PRP”

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative drug-free treatment for connective tissue injuries. It is prepared at point-of-use by the practitioner from a simple sample of the patients’ blood and administered by injection.  It is an elegant follow-on to the NICE recognised (IPG438) use of autologous blood for tendinopathies. Podiatrists with LA certificates are able to use this after appropriate training.

This session is a good introduction to this fascinating modality and will be useful for both general interest as well as for those planning to attend the Institutes training day on the subject. Consultant podiatrist independent prescriber Martin Harvey was first involved in UK based research into its use more than a decade ago and has subsequently championed its use as a safe and effective therapy.


Somuz Miah
“Safeguarding children and adults”

This lecture promotes awareness and sensitivity to safeguarding enabling healthcare professionals to be able to identify issues and concern. Healthcare professionals are legally obliged to report any sign of neglect or abuse. Understand how to safeguard and protect children, young people or vulnerable adults in the workplace. Know how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child, young person or vulnerable adult has been abused.Where to report and why it’s your duty to inform.



Abid Ali
“Medical cuppings of the lower limb”

An ancient medical treatment with origins approximately 5000 years old.  The procedure creates a localised suction to help promote blood flow to help stimulate healing.
As a member of the British Cupping Society, Mr Ali advises internationals on cupping therapy for the lower limb in musculoskeletal medicine. Cupping can be administered wet or dry. With it without puncturing of the skin to release blood. International research and emerging evidence have helped bring this treatment up to date and fit for any modern-day therapists and medics.


Dr Richard Oliver
“Management of Plantar Hyperhidrosis”

An informative lecture detailing the aetiology and epidemiology of hyperhidrosis, strategies for managing plantar hyperhidrosis and ensuring successful iontophoresis for plantar hyperhidrosis





Full lecture and workshop timetable


11th May 2018 
"Growing your business through effective messages" Tony Gavin, OSGO
"Dementia - Myths and misunderstandings"Linda Lawson, Alzheimer's Society
"Red flags of the foot and lower extremity" David Lintonbon, DO, PGCert(ClinEd)
"Setting a price in private practice" Jonathan Small
"Achilles Tendinopathy" Daniel Lawrence, Rocktape
"Lacuna Method for fungal nails" Nicola O'Brian, Love your feet CPD courses
"Anatomy & examination of the spring ligament/tendon of muscle tibialis posterior" Michael Ratcliffe, Cuxson Gerrard
"Management of Plantar Hyperhidrosis" Dr Richard Oliver, STD Pharmaceuticals
12th May 2018 
"Verruca? Verrucae? Verrucee?.... Plantar warts" Belinda Longhurst
"Flexitol - a range to add value and profit!"Caroline McGowan, Flexitol
"Introduction to platelet rich plasma" Martin Harvey
"Our role in fall prevention" Olga Frankowski, Medifoot CPD School
"Emtrix - update on research including Nail Psoriasis" Steve McGowan, Moberg Pharma
"The pelvic equilibrium theory - a new paradigm" Clifton Bradeley, Sub-4 MD
"Cosmetic podiatry - a beautiful way to diversify your practice" Nicola O'Brian, Love your feet CPD courses
"Clinical management and self management of Raynaud's / Scleroderma in the foot" Tracey Spray, SRUK
"Podiatrist in the Box!"Catherine Brown, Bond Solon Training
"First Aid" FULLY BOOKEDMartin Harvey
"Safeguarding children and adults"Somuz Miah
"Medical cuppings for the lower limb"Abid Ali
"First principle & innovative business thinking to develop a mega practice"Clifton Bradeley, Sub-4 MD
"Naloxone saves lives" including an open Q&A on substance/alcohol/POM misuseCarola Sander-Hess



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Delegates – The 2-day event costs just £29.99*

*price applicable to Members of The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists; and the College of Foot Health.  Non-members fee £39.99

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Annual Dinner & Awards

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 19.00 to midnight
President’s reception followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and entertainment.



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