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IOPC Level4 Higher Professional Diploma in Foot Health Care and Practice

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by curlysherwood, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. curlysherwood

    curlysherwood Member


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    Hi,

    I am seeking opinions on how the IOPC level 4 is viewed in comparison to the other distance learning courses available- the two weeks clinical training as opposed to the two 3 week periods the IOPC offer/require and also the IOPC do request an additional 8 days seminars to be attended over a 4 weekend period.

    I am hoping the 200 hours clinical time and the 1200 hours of study do have some viewed value as a grounding for a basic foot care career.

    A degree application is in with UCAS now but we are looking for the best option for my partner - i.e. the one that is most respected for an FHP course.
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
  2. Johnpod

    Johnpod Active Member

    Informed opinion is that the College of Foot Health Practitioners offers the best training and value for money. You can download a prospectus from the web. More is not necessarily better - it is the quality of the teaching that counts. Holding a degree in podiatric medicine myself, my college has been responsible for training many, many sucessful FHPs, at least 30 of whom have won podiatry degrees having begun at my college. The initial career level and advanced FHP courses and all further development courses are ncfe accredited and have an excellent track record. This is a good time to consider self employment.

    No doubt you will hear other opinions, but they cannot be so well informed as one directly involved.
     
  3. Johnpod

    Johnpod Active Member

    Informed opinion is that the College of Foot Health Practitioners offers the best training and value for money. You can download a prospectus from the web. More is not necessarily better - it is the quality of the teaching that counts. With a degree in podiatric medicine my college has been responsible for training many, many sucessful FHPs, at least 30 of whom have won podiatry degrees having begun at my college. This is a good time to consider self employment.
     
  4. blinda

    blinda MVP

    I cannot comment on, nor make comparison between, all the distance learning providers. I don`t think anyone is in a position to unless they have experienced them all. However, from what I hear, The Institutes relatively new C&G diploma will provide an excellent foundation upon which to build a career in foot health. If it is anything like their original training, then I would certainly recommend them.

    My application to undertake the BSc (Hons) in podiatry was accepted, in part, due to my completing the IOCP`s chiropody course (pre augmentation of the Health Professions Order) as this was regarded as the equivalent to undertaking a college access course.

    Cheers,
    Bel (another directly involved individual ;-))
     
  5. curlysherwood

    curlysherwood Member

    Thanks Johnpod and blinda, I appreciate your comments
     
  6. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Absolutely,
    There's nothing like a self-promotion is there, Johnpod ?

    CF
     
  7. curlysherwood

    curlysherwood Member

    hi Johnpod, in what capacity are you involved in collegefhp?

    I enquired with them over the past couple of weeks about the advanced diploma (£2750), for both myself and my partner and would also both be going for the Advanced shortly after, ( additional £2050).

    Obviously at the end of the day they are a business and as such are there to make a profit (we all have bills to pay), but the fact that when I asked about discount when we were looking at investing £9600 I was told no way kind of didn't go down well.

    Also, I asked about extra clinical time and if it was available,it is, but at a cost of £100 +VAT per day per student, the student has to pay (we would most probably wanted to have had 2-3 more weeks clinical time minimum) - I can only assume the patients are also paying for treatment as well? I naively thought that as I had already apparently by that time had had enough training to let me work unsupervised I would only be there to gain some free experience while working for them on the clinic days.

    Business is business I understand, but surely in this B2B world (that's business to business trading), which is how we see ourselves and the collegefhp in this case, there could have been scope for some discussion about the costs when talking about such major investments (£12k+ is major to us anyway).

    For completeness - the City & Guild accredited course is £3525 per student

    CS
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2010
  8. carolethecatlover

    carolethecatlover Active Member

    Could somebody supply details about the City and Guilds accreditation course?
     
  9. curlysherwood

    curlysherwood Member

    Hi,

    It is found on the web site, on the following link: iocp.org.uk/node/180
     

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