Assistant Practitioner (Podiatry)
An Assistant Practitioner (Podiatry) is a podiatry support worker. They may also be known as Foot Care Assistants or Podiatry Assistants: these titles now come under the one title of Assistant Practitioner (Podiatry)
Assistant Practitioners (APs) work alongside registered Podiatrists to deliver care of the feet and lower limbs. APs work alongside Podiatrists to provide general routine foot treatments, assist with minor surgeries, apply dressings and advise on foot health including public health messages.
Assistant Practitioners (Podiatry) support Podiatrists to treat patients of all ages, suffering from, but not limited to, conditions such as:
Assistant Practitioners (Podiatry) will be directly involved in the following:
Within NHSScotland, Assistant Practitioners (Podiatry) work in many different areas including health centres, GP practices, community clinics, hospitals, social service homes and many others. APs work within the larger multidisciplinary team and play an important role in the delivery of holistic care to patients.
Useful skills include:
Useful abilities include:
To apply for a job as an Assistant Practitioner (Podiatry), a good standard of education is required including English and Maths. Previous voluntary or paid work experience in a healthcare setting would be an advantage.
The specific entry requirements will depend on the agenda for change banding for the job. The qualifications asked for may vary depending on the recruiting NHS Scotland board. It would be advisable to contact each individual board to find out its specific requirements.
You may also be encouraged to work towards an SQA SQV level 2 or level 3 Clinical Healthcare Support.
Additionally you will also need to be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Adults scheme managed by Disclosure Scotland.
You will also need to be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme managed by Disclosure Scotland.
The Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support (clinical) at SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 7 is a framework for people interested in working in a clinical healthcare setting.
Contact your local Board to find out if this Modern Apprenticeship is available in your area.
For more information about this Modern Apprenticeship framework, look at
Those working as Assistant Practitioners (Podiatry) in NHSScotland will be given the training needed for the job including
Working closely with Podiatrists and experienced support workers, and by completing a supervised programme of training, you will be able to develop your skills.
You may also be encouraged to work towards further education qualifications, such as;
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Assistant Practitioners are eligible for associate membership of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists providing the agreed training and practice levels are met. The Society provide courses, conferences and seminars for APs to update their skills and network with others undertaking similar work. Visit The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists website to find out more.