Another great benefit of being a podiatrist is that many of the roles on the previous page provide very clear career progression. For example the following shows the structure of NHS podiatry and a potential career path. This structure is also used in a number of other clinical working environments.
- Entry level podiatrist (band 5)
- Specialist podiatrist (band 6)
- Team leader, Advanced podiatrist
- Specialist Registrar in Podiatric
Surgery (band 8 a – d)
- Consultant Podiatric Surgeon
Since qualifying last year I have been working in an NHS podiatry clinic having been given a post-graduate mentorship contract. I am able to use the many skills I learned at university and build my confidence as a practitioner.
This opportunity was great as it helps with the transition from being a student to a professional practitioner.
Podiatry is a very rewarding profession as you are able to improve the comfort, agility and independence for patients of all ages, from infants to elderly. No two patients are the same which keeps the job interesting.
You have to constantly rely on good diagnostic skills when dealing with abnormalities in the lower limb.
I qualified with a degree in podiatry in 2007. In my time at university I think I learnt many life skills as well as enjoying studying podiatry immensely. I got my first job as a podiatrist within 3months of qualifying which was great.
With a podiatry degree so many avenues are open to you. Since qualifying I have worked in a private practice were I have been able to carry out routine podiatry as well as doing nail surgery using local anaesthesia. I have also got a place with Lloyds pharmacy who are very proactive in trying to get podiatry into their pharmacies.
Now with my podiatry degree I have been lucky enough to set up my own podiatry company with a fellow podiatrist. We run a private clinic in North West London which is going well and we are currently looking to grow it.
Podiatry as a profession is changing all the time and I believe a podiatry degree is a key to an exciting future.
I came to podiatry as a mature student at 28; I had previously been a Prison Officer among other things. I discovered podiatry by accident, and it captured my interest straight away.
I am very fortunate that my working life is now very varied and rewarding, more than I could have imagined. I have my own practice, which is a multidisciplinary clinic. I work alongside physiotherapists at my clinic, and have a caseload which includes palliative care, sports injuries and everything in-between.
Every day is different in practice; you never know what is going to come into your clinic next from an elite athlete with a sports injury, to a child with a verruca.