As a Podiatry Assistant Practitioner, you would give clinical support to the Podiatrist, making sure they have all the equipment they need to treat patients. You would prepare the patient for treatment by cleaning their feet and making them feel comfortable.
After the Podiatrist has assessed the patient and recommended a treatment plan, you would be able to carry out simple procedures, such as taking insole templates, cutting toenails or applying dressings. You may also advise patients on foot health and footwear.
Other duties may include:
- providing advice about personal foot care
- manufacturing orthotics
- wound management
- diabetic foot screening
- therapeutic ultrasound
- clinical environment management
- giving health education talks
In-between treatments, you would clean and sterilise equipment ready for the next patient.
Within the NHS in Scotland, Podiatry Assistant Practitioners work in many different areas:
- health centres
- GP practices
- community clinics
- care homes.
They work within the larger multidisciplinary team and play an important role in the delivery of holistic care to patients.