IOCP announce partnership with Melanoma UK

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

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.

 

 

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/

Martin Harvey FPodM IP PGC BSc, Chair Board of Directors IOCP:

“I am delighted to welcome Anthony Hubbard to the Institute’s Senior Management Team from 1st January 2022 in a brand new and most exciting role for the Institute as Chief Executive Officer. His simple remit is to continue to drive forward our ongoing development and long-term growth as the fully democratic UK professional podiatry and foot health body that is run by members for members. You will probably already know Anthony as a co-opted external expert to the Institute’s Board of Directors, and over the last months he has brought to our deliberations a welcome fund of knowledge and widespread experience in the healthcare world. His past senior roles include Managing Director of the nationally known medical and scientific supplies company Schuco International, and his present role is as a Senior Technical Executive in Croda Pharmaceuticals (a UK chemicals/pharmaceutical company with a current revenue of £1.39 Billion) from which he moves on to take over his new role with IOCP. As well as being a strong business professional he is a Scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry from Trent Polytechnic, a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Anthony will be reporting to the Board via myself and working with Jill as Company Secretary and her admin team of Julie, our Membership Officer, Sam, our Education Officer and Kirsty, our Marketing Specialist, with all of whom he has already established an excellent professional relationship during his time as a Board Advisor. I know that I speak for the Board in that they, and myself, are looking forward immensely to working with Anthony, and our already established team members, in this exciting new development stage of our more than 70 years of service to the feet of the nation and the dedicated professionals; you, our members, who work so hard to maintain and improve it.”

 

Anthony Hubbard CSci CChem FRSC:
“At a time when NHS services are becoming increasingly more difficult to access, certainly in a timely manner, we have a great opportunity in front of us to promote our services directly to the general public and also to work to train and develop people involved in all levels of foot and lower limb health, from entry level foot health practitioners all the way through to supporting podiatric surgeons in their ongoing continual professional development in delivering their services and supporting them in their own business growth. To do this, we need to review our ways of working, create a strategy for growth, develop our supporting services and focus on delivery in all that we do.

What experience do I have in creating such a pathway and ensuring that we deliver? For the past 6 years I have been leading a health care applications laboratory for the largest chemical company in the UK, a company called Croda, with their HQ in Yorkshire; you probably haven’t heard of them by name, but you will have heard all of their customers in the personal care and health care world and you will almost certainly have used some of their materials in your day-to-day lives without knowing it. If you have had a COVID-19 vaccine, then you will have had some of their very pure excipients used in the delivery system for those active pharmaceutical ingredients in the vaccines. Prior to working with Croda, I have previously worked with The Institute when I was the Managing Director of Schuco, a London based company who were supplying medical devices to IOCP members and supporting training events and the annual conference. During my time at Schuco, I grew the business year-on-year by working closely with customers to understand the market and their needs and delivered against those needs. I also have a background of working with Boots the Chemists, where I was leading teams developing and testing products and managing regulatory compliance and the groups technical policy. I also worked with regulators and the government to shape the law and regulations for the safety of cosmetic products within the UK.

I look forward to 2022 where we will be providing the infrastructure for engagement and growth from HQ and the delivery will only be successful with a network or tutors, trainers, mentors and auditors. To that end, I am putting out my first call for volunteers so that we can have the whole UK geography covered with eager, helpful members who are interested in getting involved in developing others to be the best that they can be! If you want to get on board at this exciting time for the IoCP, drop me a line telling me what area you would be interested in supporting and what geographical area you would be able to cover.

I aim to be meeting lots of our members through the year to get a better understanding of how you feel that The Institute can be shaped to deliver the things that you need from a great membership organisation. One place that you will be able to meet me personally will be at our AGM, so get the date in your diary if you are able to get to the NEC in May.

Until then, please feel free to reach out to me at anthony@iocp.org.uk. Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy and successful 2022.”

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 (hee.nhs.uk)

8th September 2021,

Health Education England have today launched The First Contact Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners in Primary Care: (Podiatry)

A Roadmap to Practice is a supportive document that provides a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for clinicians wishing to pursue a career in primary care.

For more information or to download the document please click the link below

First Contact Practitioners & Advanced Practitioners – Podiatry | Health Education England (hee.nhs.uk)

We are delighted to announce we have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association. This establishes a solid partnership setting out the intention of our two organisations to work together to ensure good care for people living with and affected by MND.

Six people per day in the UK are diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). MND is a rapidly progressive and terminal disease that attacks the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord.[1] It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It affects people from all communities and a person’s lifetime risk of developing MND is around 1 in 300. It kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis. There is, currently, no cure for MND and whilst research into one continues, other research and therapeutic efforts are firmly focussed on managing symptoms and maximising the quality of life for people living with it.

We will be working with the Association as a therapy group that may be in a position to sign post patients to their GP if we suspect there is an underlying cause to the symptoms we are presented with

[1] 1 Bäumer D, Talbot K and Turner MR. Advances in motor neurone disease. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2014; 107:14.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Association please visit their website www.mndassociation.org which holds excellent information resources, information about current research and contact information MND Connect helpline. Alternatively contact Jennifer Bedford at Jennifer.bedford@mndassociation.org.

 

Additionally, if you are a Podiatrist and have any experience of Motor Neurone Disease we’d love to hear from you. Email our team media@iocp.org.uk

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 iocp.org.uk/members/login/

  2. Pay by bank transfer 

  3. or by direct debit 

or

join us by visiting https://iocp.org.uk/application-form/ leave your details and we’ll do the rest!

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.

We are proud to work in partnership with Community trade union, we believe a good modern trade union is not only essential to a positive and safe workplace but more importantly gives self-employed workers like us a strong and collective voice.

Community is a proud champion of the five million strong self-employed and freelance community across the UK, including chiropodists and podiatrists.

For many people, self-employment is the answer to finding a good work-life balance and can be extremely rewarding. It can also mean longer hours, less pay, more worry about your finances and employment. By partnering with Community we want to give you that help, as well as campaign on the issues that matter to us as a sector.

As a member of Community, IOCP/COFH members can:

Advice and support

Community union provides advice and support through their service centre of expert legal advisors, dedicated to supporting members with any questions or help members may need.

Whether its advice on client relations, self-assessment tax returns, debt recovery and late payments, welfare benefits, discrimination and health and safety issues – Community can help.

Campaign and organise

By building and strengthening our collective voice as part of Community, we can ensure our voices are heard. Community is a proud campaigning union and the strength of their membership paired with their political affiliations means they can take the issues you care about and make sure they are heard across the UK at every level.

Pay and conditions

Community can support you at work with individual representation to get the best deal, and secure fair treatment and fair pay.

Education and training

By becoming a member of Community, you can access bespoke education and training opportunities that works well for freelancers and the self-employed. This includes access to hundreds of free online courses to develop key business skills.

Discounts and savings

You can save money on a range of leisure, insurance and retail products through Community’s discounts on a range of professional and personal products and services.

To join follow the link from the November members e-newsletter or login to the members area of our website

 

Applications are invited for the positions of accredited mentors on the Institutes successful FHP course. With the advent of the Foot Health Consortium set up by Health Education England, which the Institute is a board member of, FHP training will undoubtedly become a higher profile area in footcare and it is essential that training organisations ensure that training offered is of the highest possible quality.
As many members will know, a substantial proportion of entrants to the IOCP training program have been put forward by HCPC registered IOCP members wishing to include FHPs in their treatment teams in the same fashion as dental practices have, for example, hygienists to support the delivery of structured care. This is an exciting move forward which the IOCP with its more than 80 year history of delivering flexible training is well fitted to deliver.
Mentors will be responsible for supervising community placements within their own practices – be they domiciliary or surgery based, and will be remunerated for each student they ‘take under their wing’. Mentors must have appropriate qualifications or experience and be willing to attend seminar style training for the role. An adult teaching qualification is preferred such as the former city and guilds or the more recent level three award in adult education and training but of equal importance is appropriate experience and a genuine desire to take the whole profession of foot health of all levels and types forward.
In the first instance please supply a CV detailing your experience, reason for applying and details of your practice to Jill Burnett-Hurst, General Manager at the IOCP to receive further information and for a friendly informal discussion.
email jill@iocp.org.uk