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Apprenticeship training course

Podiatrist (integrated degree) (level 6)

Diagnose and treat foot, ankle and leg problems.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Protect and keep people safe, applying current legislation to promote their rights, choices and wishes, treating them with dignity and respect, explain treatment options and risks/ benefit/ prognosis including no treatment to obtain and document informed consent for podiatry care
  • Work collaboratively with patients and others
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately, listening carefully to determine all the factors affecting the patients foot health in the context of their medical and social history and ability to self-care
  • Establish person-centred podiatry agreed treatment plans, encouraging informed decision-making encourage and enable appropriate self-care 
  • Select and use appropriate assessment and treatment techniques safely, effectively and ethically e.g. interpreting medical history; recognising potential consequences of treatment; carrying out mechanical debridement to remove painful, dead, damaged, or infected tissue of intact and ulcerated skin; taping and similar adjunctive therapies; carrying out surgical procedures for skin and nail conditions; managing nail disorders, or prescribing foot orthoses
  • Observe, assess, diagnose, monitor and treat a patient’s lower limb, reviewing, updating and adapting or ceasing treatment as required
  • Use a systematic approach to formulate and test a preferred diagnosis
  • Work with a range of conditions encouraging mobility and independence
  • Perform treatments, including minor surgery under local anaesthetic
  • Manage medicines including accessing, supplying and administering prescription-only medicines use basic life support skills to deal safely with clinical emergencies
  • Make and receive referrals, including being responsible for the interpretation of clinical findings in relation to the lower limb and the decision for onward referral or discharge
  • Create, store, retrieve and update records in accordance with legislation, protocols and guidelines
  • Provide verbal and written health education on public health, foot health, mobility and the lower limb, including preventative, palliative or curative information, in a group or one to one setting
  • Assess, record, mitigate and review risks around podiatry services or treatments
  • Move and position people and podiatry equipment safely
  • Keep the environment clean and safe from hazards
  • Order, store, sterilise and dispose of equipment and other stock used in podiatry services
  • Incident reporting and follow on protocols when a safety risk has been breached
  • Work within the scope of practice for podiatrists, including being professionally accountable and adhering to clinical governance
  • Work as part of a multi-professional team, demonstrating leadership and management skills
  • Evaluate and measure your own practice and performance and that of those you work with, using clinical governance processes to improve podiatry practice and overall standards in healthcare
  • Demonstrate evidence-based practice

Full information on Podiatrist (integrated degree) (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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