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Chiropody to be axed

Discussion in 'Employment in Ireland' started by Glas, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Glas

    Glas Member

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    I believe that the days of Chiropodists are limited, and ought to become ''Podiatric Assistants"

    Simply having a Dip. is not near good enough a qualification to treat feet. Surely I am not alone in believing this.
  2. Sean123

    Sean123 Welcome New Poster

    "The word chiropody is outdated and undermines the ability of the podiatrist"
  3. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    Tough words.

    I know a good many non degree qualified chiropodists and even more degree qualified podiatrists. Both statements above are inflammatory, unfounded and most importantly wrong.

    I would advise you to choose your words a bit more carefully the next time. If you do, you might come across as being less of a t!t
  4. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    Its all in the name. As I am in no doubt my Learned Colleague Cameron Kippen will correct if I am wrong: the word chiropody is derived from the Greek Chiros (hand) and the Latin Podos (foot). Any one with half a brain for languages knows that one NEVER mixes Latin and Greek roots. Thus the word is a nonsence. - Or is it? I have always taken it to mean not "hands and feet", but "Hands on feet". To me - and IMHO - to all of you, a chiropodist=a podiatrist; they are the same thing. If calling yourself a Pod makes you feel better - tell someone who cares. I am a diploma chiropodist - does this make me feel bad? No (but then I do have two other degrees, including a PhD). But actually, for years, I had a chip on my shoulder about it - that was cured in 2000 when I was on study leave at my old alma mata - the University of Western Australia. The Human Biology kids were doing lower limb and foot in the lab, and I could not resist putting my head in. Ros Weathal, who was running the class said out loud - "right, we are fine now, we have a podiatrist here" - and that cured me - made me realise that she really meant it - good on her. I came away a wiser person; while I have not made my bread and butter treating living people for 20 years, I am still proud of where I came from - and so should you be.
  5. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member

    i had better pack in now then i didnt realise i had no future .perhaps the degree trained young pods who work for me should become the boss and i can beg for some scraps as thier assistant .having a diploma has not hindered me in the past 30 years perhaps i need a phd in corn removal.
  6. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    Errr Fishpod - have I ****** you off? Privately please - I do not wash dirty linen in public......
  7. Glas

    Glas Member

    So you think thats all a podiatrist does? Remove Corns?
  8. Glas

    Glas Member

    Where is your mention of podiatry in your title?? phd mentionned, i just find that exclusion a little odd?
  9. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member

    no sorry rob my statement was aimed at the op not u mate sorry about confusion
  10. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member

    glas a podiatrist/ chiropodist can practice at whatever level they choose cut and come again or talk **** to premier footballers about thier feet it doesnt bother me so long as they practice safely and within their own competencies.
  11. Glas

    Glas Member

    very valid point
  12. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member

    Thanks glas
    are you a young pod or a student. It would help me figure you out
    When I qualified there was no degree so now relatively speaking I am one of the dinosaurs don't like change etc .the old can help the young uns we have experience that's our only advantage .ps some Old dogs can learn new tricks

    Il give you a scenario chiropodist (a)removes corns cuts nails does nail ops earns 6figure salary has 9 weeks annual leave in Florida lives nice life holiday home boat etc etc etc do they need to do anything else sometimes we don't have to reinvent the wheel are you the corn cutter everybody wants. I suspect in golfing terms you may be on the front 9 ,the people on the back 9 look at things differently. Vive la difference sports pod bike pod running pod football pod basic pod wound pod.
  13. Lyndon jones

    Lyndon jones Member

    Hi guys, quite enjoyed this stuff. New to the arena but find the mix of attitudes refreshing. I trained as a chiropodist and chose that without any preconceived idea of where this profession would take me. In fact I thought I was training as a "shuropodist" as that was how we pronounced the term back home.

    I am now and have been a consultant Podiatric surgeon in the NHS for the past 14 years or so. I am quite happy to be associated with chiropody as a term- as is attested by my web site and other info about me. It's quite ok, if more of us were happy to accept our roots I think we may not be at quite such odds with ourselves and other colleagues in health care. What really matters is that we do an excellent job for our patients. Our rewards will become evident in increasing success and patient satisfaction.

    Chiropodist- podiatrist just get out and be excellent at your job.
  14. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    you mean my "handle"? I don't practice - haven't done in a "real" practice full time since 1979. I taught at Pod school until 1999. I have been in anatomy schools since. I have been dragged out of retirement as of February to teach anatomy in a newly formed healths sciences school, but my association with clinical matters is largely done. Does this answer your question?
  15. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member

    lyndon glad to hear from another shuropodist
  16. Gillian Fox

    Gillian Fox Member

    In Ireland there was no Degree available at all only a Diploma in Cork until after many years of request Galway NUI put on a Podiatry degree course. The course in Cork was very comprehensive and offered a huge amount of practical work, on a personal level I could not travel abroad to obtain a degree 23 yrs ago due to financial restrictions and Belfast was a no go area, the fact there was no degree available in Ireland made me furious.
    I have worked as a chiropodist and continued with CPD and taken a Podiatric Medicine degree for which I had to go to the UK - this made me mad as I think it is a total disgrace I could not take this degree in Ireland.
    I am a member of the HPC which is a good path to awareness for registration for the HSE in Ireland which might take place before 2020 (I am so annoyed this did not happen in 2012 as was supposed to). In the UK now those who have not taken a degree are deemed foot therapists and those with degrees are called podiatrists, however I would have to presume podiatric practioners need both names in order to be recognised by the general public. Being a snob about degrees does not make anyone a good practitioner. :boohoo:

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