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Foot Care Course

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by loisebony, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. loisebony

    loisebony Welcome New Poster

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    Hello all...new here!:dizzy:
    Would like to ask you all....where can I do a good foot care course that is recognised? I dont want to train as a Podiatrist as I am a RN but ten years to go to retire and Ive always loved washing/massaging feet:D...just want to take a step further and cut nails safely and treat hard skin etc.......sometimes this is all pts want and in this area have to wait a long time to see the Prof. I fully respect the Podiatrist and would know when to refer

    Any advice greatly appreciated....Wiltshire:dizzy:
  2. Ian Linane

    Ian Linane Well-Known Member

    Hi Loise

    Thanks for coming on and asking. There are courses where you can train to a limited skill level. These are usually foot health practitioner courses. However, they will cover a lot more ground than simple nail care and so you will need to be willing to study but part time and be self funding.

    However I'm sure you will find others here will ask why you might want to do something like this that, at least, is:

    a. part of the bread and butter of exististing Podiatrists in your area but not want to committ to full podiatric training as they have had to
    b. somewhat naive to think that nail care and cutting and hard skin removal is sufficient to provide adequate foot care service at its most basic level

    Is it not like someone saying I want to do aspects of RN work but not do all the training?

    Look closely again into the level of knowlege for core subjects and time involved in modern podiatric training and the type of case loads covered in training and reflect on how you would feel as an RN if someone came on one of your sites and effectivly asked RN's for clues as to a shortcut to doing some RN work without the full training.

  3. jacksibrizzi

    jacksibrizzi Welcome New Poster

    Can someone tell me what is a Bevin Shoe?
  4. loisebony

    loisebony Welcome New Poster


    I fully appreciate what you are saying but I live within a community where elderly people have to wait months for nailcutting/some simple procedures. i work at present as a community Nurse and some of my time is taken up washing and massaging feet and cutting toenails(which I am allowed to dobut restricted time)! Patients are often confined to their homes because they are unable to access a service for nailcutting-prevents them wearing their shoes etc etc. i was simply asking for advice as a service that I could provide and quite capable of. I did at one time look into Podiatry training but decided against it as felt happy still as a Nurse. We work WITH you not AGAINST you.....often we end up taking on dressing procedures from your service. We have HCA's who dip into part of our training and I find these people an asset to our Profession.........I understand your concerns re bread and butter so why has Age Concern had such a success at their nailcutting service and enabled so many old folk get on with their lives again?? I fully respect your Profession-i just hope someone comes along who may be willing to understand what Im looking for and not see it as a compromise to your Profession:hammer:
  5. Holly Parkin

    Holly Parkin Member

    Hi Loise.

    I am also in the Nursing field and have been for 8 years. However last year became a student again and am studying a Foot Health course with The SMAE Institute in Maidenhead.

    Whilst I am 100% happy with the course, college, tutors, support, qualification and service I shall be able to offer I am sure there are lots of Professionals here who may advise against it, but are hopefully some who know the role of a FHP and therefore support it (like RN's support HCA's!).

    However...this is about what is best for you as an individual, the best training you can get at the level you want and to provide the best service to those patients who you already see. So if a qualified Podiatrist is the route you want to take then great, but if the Foot Health Professional route best fits your needs then brilliant good luck to you!

    Good luck with researching your new adventure!

  6. yvonneg

    yvonneg Member

    I originally trained as a beauty therapist before discovering podiatry. If you are looking to make people feel better with a bit of pampering/foot massage and to cut nails, why not look at the beauty therapy side so you can give a pedicure? It does not conflict with a podiatrist, in my opinion, and may be all that is required. When I was at college, there were a few students who selected certain units as opposed to doing the entire course. Just a thought. Good luck.
  7. loisebony

    loisebony Welcome New Poster

    Thankyou both....most helpful.

    Holly I have looked at the Maidenhead website and it appears to be the best Foot Health Course .......I work part-time as a Nurse and looking at doing Foot Health to fit around other commitments and I have always loved giving attention to peoples feet......thats the level that i would like-good to hear you are 100% happy with it. Do you have good support etc??

    I will look at the local colleges too:D

    Many thanks
  8. AngieR

    AngieR Active Member


    I have yet to find an area where there is no private foot care provision! I do believe, however, there are those who still want a free service, which in todays climate is nigh on impossible.
    There are many Podiatrist who recognise the need for nail cutting and offer a designated nail cutting service at an affordable price, supported by the additional knowledge to recognise and deal with the complex medical needs of this age group. I also doubt that appointments are hard to get, in my clinic I can offer next week, whereas a domicillary visit is not available until the middle of April!
    I understand you are concerned with those who are housebound, but are they really? I have found that relatives are quite happy to bring in these people especially if the benefits of clinic treatment is explained and times are suitable.
    I can't advice you which way to go or which training school but I wish you well and hope you find your niche.

  9. loisebony

    loisebony Welcome New Poster

    Age Concern do charge.....Yes these people are housebound
  10. Holly Parkin

    Holly Parkin Member


    Having worked A&E, Theatres, ICU, Pre-Assessment and Community I have seen sooooo many people who infact ARE housebound and DONT have any realtives (which is so sad) to help them which is one of the many reasosns I have chosen to go down this avenue.

    I have nearly finished my course and have enjoyed it so much. Whilst I am fully aware this is not the choice many on here would advise I think its great!

    The support is fantastic. They have open days so you can go and have a good look round, meet the tutors, look at the course content, look round the clinic and meet other students its was a good day to go to.

    Happy planning!

  11. burty

    burty Welcome New Poster


    I am new to this forum but interested in taking a course in FHC and would like some advice. It appears that there is not much between providers and fees charges. Has anyone successfully completed a course and then gone into self employment - recently given the economy! Also is there any age restriction for the training? With thanks

  12. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member


    you are just gready and want easy money cut all the bull**** about helping nice old housebound ladies there is enough pods fhps out there to do anybody who wishes to pay a fee all this demand you go on about is people who want it for free.you want to be an overpaid underqualified quack, quacks law least possible effort plus most possible cash[no income tax] equals worst possible provider of footcare. ps age concern have had no success they are also in it for money dont be niave they dont give a toss about old peoples feet but the 10 quid fees feed the coffers of their mangement who get nice salaries.
  13. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    I am a bit puzzled as to why you are asking for advice/information from a site that has imput mainly from Podiatrists?
    Surely if you want to know about foot care courses it would make sense to ask those in your own area who do footcare and take advice from them?
    And - if you only have 10 years to go to retirement, why jack in your NHS career and lose 10 years-worth of contributions? As an ex NHS podiatrist ( was made redundant) I can tell you that the NHS Pension arrangements are one of the best deals you can get.

    Holly Parkin, I think you will find that it may well be very exciting training but the set-up coat of any business in a recession is large and may surpise you.
    In addition the relationship you describe between Nurses and HCAs in the NHS is not mirrored in the private sector where most pods are reluctant to refer to FHPs.
    This is because FHPs are unregulated whereas HCAs are covered in the NHS by the vicarious liability of the employer.

    I sincerely hope you have done your marketing research, as FHPs in my area are going out of business quite rapidly. This is because they have to compete at the lower end of the market with Age UK and other Social Enterprise schemes.

    You say the support on your course is "fantastic" and I have no reason to dispute that, but once you have left you are on your own and will have to sink or swim.

  14. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Dear CF,

    Although the fishy one has responded to this post the O/P has not been using Podiatry Arena since 2010.

    Kindest regards,

  15. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

  16. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member

    said was new post so sorry
  17. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member

    catfoot seen the photos 2 hours work could have done in less than 20 mins and treated another 5 pts only og nails neglected with a wet drill at 30000 revs per min no problemo she did agood job but2hrs thats 2/3 of a session i would have given her 100 quid bill random song of the week that dont impress me much shannia twain
  18. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Sorry fishy one but I can't see anything about 2 hours work?
    Do I need to FB a/c to have full access?


  19. fishpod

    fishpod Well-Known Member

    no i just clicked on the link and the phot has coments saying look what a change after 2 hrs hold your mouse over the photo i think regards fishy
  20. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    ah-ha FP, I see it now.
    I agree that 2 hours is rather a long time to treat this very basic condition. Allowing time for assessment and paperwork, and no other problems, I could treat those feet in about 40 mins.



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