HCPC Launches Consultation on Standards for Podiatric Surgery

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a 16-week consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on proposed standards for podiatric surgery. The standards set out requirements for podiatric surgery training programmes, as well as the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for safe and effective podiatric surgery practice.



Once agreed, the HCPC will use the standards to approve and monitor post-registration education and training programmes in podiatric surgery. The HCPC will in the future annotate (mark) the Register to indicate podiatrists who have successfully completed an approved programme. By providing information to the public about who is qualified in podiatric surgery, this annotation will help support informed choices.

Podiatric surgery is the surgical management of the bones, joints and soft tissues of the foot and its associated structures such as the correction of bunions or dealing with foot problems related to diabetes. Podiatrists complete additional training lasting a number of years in order to practise podiatric surgery and must already be registered with the HCPC. Therefore, podiatrists practicing podiatric surgery will also still need to meet the standards of proficiency for podiatrists, the standards of conduct, performance and ethics, and standards for continuing professional development.

Director of Policy and Standards Michael Guthrie commented:

“We have carefully considered feedback from our stakeholders about our approach to annotating the register for podiatrists practising podiatric surgery. We believe that annotation will improve public protection as we will be able to set separate standards and create an independent, robust framework for safe and effective practise of podiatric surgery.

“When we drafted these standards, we drew on our existing standards of education and training as well as documents and frameworks developed by different organisations. We also held a consultation event with key stakeholders in the field of podiatric surgery and are grateful to all those who have contributed to the process so far.”

The consultation runs from Wednesday 1 October 2014 to 16 January 2015 and will be of particular interest to podiatrists who practise podiatric surgery, education providers, employers, professional bodies and service users.

The HCPC will analyse the responses once the consultation closes, publishthe comments received and explain the decisions made as a result. The HCPCplans to publish the approved standards in June 2015.





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