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Footcare Assistant

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by a.hewitt, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. a.hewitt

    a.hewitt Welcome New Poster

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    Hi All Hope you are all well I work an a mental Health Ward as a Healthcare Support Worker with a special interest in podiatry.
    As a result of this interest I do all the foot care on the ward.The Hospital could not send me on any courses they stated that they could not afford it.
    do any of your members know of any courses that I could go on keeping in mined the cost as I may have to fund this myself.:bang:
  2. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Dear a heweitt,
    You may well have a "special interest in Podiatry" but you will never become a Podiatrist unless you do a 3 year full-time degree.

    I am not sure what sort of course you are looking for ?

    You say that you "do all the footcare on the ward", so what does that entail?

    Everyone that contributes to this site has had to pay out money on order to study, at one time or another, some more than others. So nothing new there.

    I would recommend a podiatry degree if you really are that interested in feet.

    Last edited: Aug 6, 2010
  3. a.hewitt

    a.hewitt Welcome New Poster

    basic footcare,nail cutting
  4. Tuckersm

    Tuckersm Well-Known Member

    In what country are you? That makes a big difference to what is available.
    In Australia TAFE colleges offer courses from Cert II to Cert IV, ranging from Manicure/Pedicure courses to Podiatry Assistant courses, at a fairly low cost if you have no higher degree training.
  5. a.hewitt

    a.hewitt Welcome New Poster

    In the U.K
  6. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    If you just want to do nail cutting and basic footcare you don't need a course to do that. It seems from what you say you are already providing some kind of a service to patients so why do you need any more training ?

  7. footsiegirl

    footsiegirl Active Member

    Um...because he could unwittingly cross - infect someone, cause another injury, miss a, undiagnosed diabetic, be unaware of the added considerations of health, disease and medication, be unaware of waste management legislation...and I'm sure we can add to the list...:rolleyes:
  8. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Hi Footsie,
    Yes you are correct, but it is difficult to advise this person as we do not know what they mean by "footcare".
    If their supervisors think they are OK to provide "footcare" then who are we to argue?!

  9. Wendy

    Wendy Active Member

    Have you thought of contacting your podiatry dept to see if you could get some basic training from them. Describe it as interprofessional working that might have a little more clout, also you could perhaps reciprocate with your experience on the mental health ward. You might have to do this in your own time but am sure it would be a worthwhile experience.
    Best of luck
  10. footsiegirl

    footsiegirl Active Member

    Then presumably the 'buck' stops with his line manager, who no doubt has faith in his skills and knowledge?:pigs:
  11. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Absolutely - who are we to argue ?? :pigs:

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