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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by TomJohnsonPod1, Mar 4, 2011.


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    Hello there. I am a young, recently accredited Foot Health Professional studying a Podiatry degree, part time, and I'm looking for the best way to acquire my first client! There is a sports clinic that (once my skills are competent enough) are going to employ me to treat their private patients. However in the meantime I need to gain experience whilst not tarnishing a reputation before I even have one, and pay the rent! Also does anybody know of any sort of grants, bursaries or soft loans available in the UK for stating up? I have had a look around but haven't been able to locate anything specific....
    Much Love
    Tom
     
  2. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    TomJohnsonPod1,
    The only piece of advice I would give you is to remove the "pod" bit from your log-in name.
    You will not be a "pod" until you complete your degree.
    If you "hold out" to be a podiatrist when not registered with the HPC you could render yourself liable to prosecution see

    http://www.hpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles/

    regards

    Catfoot
     
  3. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Hi Tom,
    :welcome: to the Arena. You`ll find this an invaluable source of information during your studies. Good luck with them, it`s a hard slog, but well worth it.


    CF,

    `Pod` = Greek for `foot`, (thought you would know this with your biblical knowledge ;)) not a protected term as far as I am aware :rolleyes:
     
  4. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Blinda,
    I am all for encouraging pod students - but let's not run before we can walk OK?
    regards

    Catfoot
     
  5. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Sorry CF, I fail to see any encouraging words in your welcoming post to Tom. If he has undertaken training and holds insurance to treat patients whilst studying for his degree, I see no reason for him not to utilise his qualification. It`s great that he`s made the choice to progress in his foot health career by undertaking the degree, doncha think?

    As an aside, as `pod`students we called ourselves (as did our tutors) `Pod1` in the first year, `Pod2` in the second....you get the drift.

    Cheers,
    Bel
     
  6. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Blinda,
    Maybe you did, maybe you didn't.

    But he's not here as a Pod student here's here as an FHP. He's told us that.

    So I am making clear the difference in case he hasn't realised that.

    So maybe you can advise him, as he was obviously asleep during the lesson that covered marketing.

    And why does he need " experience"? All the FHP courses I know of claim that they give their graduates all the necessary skills to set up in practice and earn a living.

    regards

    Catfoot
     
  7. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Not sure what you are insinuating here CF?? As students we were referred to as `Pod1` etc according to our year. Not unusual if you care to look at the syllabus of the uni`s.


    Errrr, no. Tom said;
    He has provided his background with regard to his interest and training in foot health. I am pretty sure he knows the difference, why else would he be undertaking the degree?


    Not for me to answer. Does he take sugar?


    Sorry Tom, don`t mean to talk about you like you`re not in the room....
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011
  8. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Blinda,

    Why not?

    You yourself have told us that you worked as an unregulated practitioner while you studied for a Podiatry degree, so you are in a most excellent position to advise this young man who seems to require some help with his career.

    regards

    Catfoot
     
  9. blinda

    blinda MVP

    I worked as a grand-parented practitioner, whilst at uni. So, yes, I was in a similar situation. As are many of the Podiatry Assistants, who continue to work whilst studying for the degree. I see no problem with this, if they are insured to do so.

    However, as I have said before, the FHP courses offered today vary in content from one provider to another, therefore, I cannot comment on Tom`s training nor his experience.

    Cheers,
    Bel
     
  10. I have simply sought advice in the format of a forum to ascertain whether anybody has been in a similar situation to myself, and can offer m any constructive advice. I feel my situation is quite specialised. My prospective employers want me to get a little bit more experience before they pass any private patients over to me. I qualified at the open college of FHP's in Maidenhead in order to basically pay my way through uni. I am perfectly empowered to go out and set up a bespoke business however my clinical skills will stand before me as a practitioner and I therefore want to hone them before I am rushed in to anything I don't feel comfortable with. So I need work or hands on work experience in the short term to be able to improve these skills.
    Thank You.
    Tom
     
  11. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    TJP1,
    I still cannot see where you are coming from.

    All FHP courses promote themselves as producing graduates who have the necessary clinical amd business skills to make a sucess in footcare, so I can't see why you should need any more hands-on experience?

    However, if you feel you do require additional clinical hours, then the SMAE will be quite happy to provide them for you at their training school in Maidenhead. I am given to understand that these can be purchased in blocks of one week.

    regards

    Catfoot
     
  12. DAVOhorn

    DAVOhorn Well-Known Member

    When i was a student 1983-1986 we w ere prohibited to t/t pts outside the educational forum.

    If you t/t pts while a student you would have been kicked off the course. Simple.

    So if you are at UNI training to be a pod then you would be prohibited to t/t pts.

    David
     
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