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Podiatry work in Ireland

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by digit, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. digit

    digit Member

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    Im an Aus Pod moving to The Republic of Ireland in March 07 to begin a working holiday. Can anyone advise me on the best way to find locum work in Ireland. I have run into a lot a brick walls trying to find this information out as, as my research has revealed, Ireland is a completely separate entity to the rest of the UK which it comes to health care. Can someone please help me! It seems I am completely lost!
  2. footman1972

    footman1972 Active Member

    Best to speak to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists of Ireland - they're at:

    68 Granville Road
    Dun Laoghaire
    County Dublin

    Tel: 01 202 4939
    Fax: 01 284 7230


  3. Blarney

    Blarney Active Member

    Working in Ireland


    This gives a full list of Podiatrists working in Ireland by area - so you can find work in an area of the country that you want to stay. All work is private practice based. There are normally people looking for locums to cover either holidays or maternity leave. You can also send your details to be entered in the quarterly newsletter.

    All Irish pods are also members of the UK society which you would have to join to get insurance cover - which covers the UK and Ireland.

    Justin Blake
  4. digit

    digit Member


    Thanks for your reply. The site you gave me has been great in allowing me to work out where the podiatrists are and how to contact them. Previous searches I had done only drew blanks.

    Could you explain how I would go about getting something printed in the quarterly newsletter.

    Thanks again! :)
  5. Blarney

    Blarney Active Member

    Send your details through the 'Contact Us' section on the website and it will be forwarded on.

  6. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    Please do not place incorrect/misleading information on the site and claim that it is factual.
    By no means all Irish pods are members of the Society and you certainly do not have to be a member of that organisation to work in The Republic of Ireland. You can be a member of the Institute and thus gain the necessary insurance. There may well be other bodies who can provide this also.

    W J Liggins
  7. LCBL

    LCBL Active Member

    Here's a useful link....


    A piece of advice.....never, ever, let on to anybody that you thought anything in Ireland has anything to do with the UK
    ;) [we dont like that around here, its like accusing our Canadian friends of being American....only far worse :D ]
  8. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    How true

    Remember too that this is a double edged sword, never accuse an Englishman (or woman) of being Irish as the insult is doubled! ;)
    However, seriously, there are good relationships between the pods on both sides of the Irish Sea (see how sporting we English are, we named it after them!) and there is certainly commonality in professional matters.

    Good luck

    Bill Liggins
  9. Blarney

    Blarney Active Member


    I was not intending to mislead.

    I was speaking from the position of all degree/diploma qualified podiatrists working in the South of Ireland. You can only be a member of the Irish Society if you have a degree/diploma from one of the UK schools. I belive that the majority of Irish society members insure themselves through the UK.

    I sure there are some members who may arrange their insurance through other society bodies that do exist.

    Justin Blake

    Member of Council Chiropody and Podiatry Society of Ireland
  10. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member


    Thank you for clarifying this.

    Bill Liggins
  11. Podiatry in Ireland

    I've been reading your discussions with interest and thought I would clear up a few points. I think Blarney may have been referring to Podiatrists who do work for the Irish Health Service - The Health Service Executive (HSE). So I thought I would outline the present situation. Basically without going into all the complicated details, about 7 years ago the Irish Department of Health decided to review the qualification/eligibility criteria for Podiatrists who provide work for the Public Sector. That review was completed in May, and the situation now is that all Podiatrists who undertake work for the HSE must have either : a) Bsc (Hons) or diploma in Podiatry b) Be on the Minister of Health's List of Podiatrists approved to work in the Public Sector. The list is closed at present, but will probably be reopened soon. There is no HSE recognised Podiatry School in Ireland at present, although there are moves to establish one.Nearly all degree/diploma trained podiatrists in Ireland would be members of the UK Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists for insurance purposes, and many would also be members of the Irish Society.
    Blarney was not actually correct in saying all Podiatry work in Ireland is private practice based - I agree that the majority of it is, and that for example, in the Dublin area, the model is that private podiatrists undertake sessional work for the HSE, but there are also Podiatrists working full time for the HSE in both hospital and community based Podiatry Services. In Co.Cork where I am there is the Podiatry Service I manage - North Cork Community Podiatry Service, North & South Lee Podiatry Service, which covers Cork City, West Cork Community Podiatry Service and the Diabetic Foot Clinic in Cork University Hospital. There are also some full time Podiatrists in Co.Clare.In addition there is an unfilled full time podiatry post for Co.Kerry, and my service will shortly be advertising a full time post for a Basic Podiatrist in the Sunday Independent newspaper on 05/11/06 and in the UK Podiatry Now journal in December.
    :D Serious stuff aside I notice that whilst LCBL talked about the Ireland and UK thing, W J Liggins turned it into Ireland and England! As an Irishman from Northern Ireland who therefore has a foot in both camps I have to point out to our English friend that the UK is NOT England! There are 4 countries in the UK. For any overseas readers just wanted to clarify that - the English have a habit of thinking the terms UK/British & English are synonymous - they arent! ;)
  12. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member


    Thank you for your interesting and illuminating posting.

    I am happy to stand corrected. Blarney did say U.K.! I was simply indicating that the English, as always, get the blame. Anyway, when I shower tomorrow, I promise to sing a verse each of Danny Boy, the Skye Boat Song and All Through The Night as well as Rose of England!

    All the best

    Bill Liggins
  13. digit

    digit Member

    Thanks everyone for your advice. One last question... Do i need to be registered with HPC to work in private practice in Ireland?

    Im finding this all very confusing and there is so much paperwork involved! Looking forward to reaching the end of it all.
  14. Podiatry in Rep of Ireland

    No you don't need to registered with the HPC to work in the Republic (although many some of us still are from our days of working in Britain) - the HPC only covers podiatrists working in the United Kingdom.
    Michael Kenning
  15. achilles

    achilles Active Member

    Out of interest, what is the current situation regarding a school of Podiatry in Ireland.
    The last I heard, was that the University of Galway, as well as the Athlone Institute of technology were seeking approval
  16. Tony,
    My understanding is that there are three possible candidates in the race - Galway, Athlone Institute and University College, Cork. However, given that the Irish general election is next spring and making a decision about where the school should be isnt going to garner many votes for the government parties, I wouldnt hold your breath while we're waiting!
  17. LCBL

    LCBL Active Member

    We call it 'Irish Time'. I will have lost all my hai....ehhh....regrown all my hair by the time it gets sorted and up and running. Its one of the glaring omissions in the Irish health professions education programme.
  18. LCBL

    LCBL Active Member

    :eek: Ireland has NOTHING to do with the UK professionally. Membership of professional organisations and the HPC is due to historical reasons and a numbers game. My HPC registration offers me absolutely nothing in practical terms BUT it seperates me out from the snake oil salesman and indicates my dedication to continual professional developmet...it's really just a marketing tool...sad but true.
  19. digit

    digit Member

    Thanks again everyone. That makes it so much easier! That HPC paperwork is a nightmare for people applying from outside the UK and Europe.

    So technically no registration is required to work in the Republic of Ireland at all!?! Sounds a bit scarey if you ask me! How do patients know they are seeing a qualified professional?? :confused:
  20. A succint and eloquent resumé of the use HPC membership in Ireland! What really annoys me though is that I have to keep up my UK Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists membership for insurance purposes, because I understand the UK Soc's insurers wont hand over information re claims by Irish members, and then because I want to be committed to my profession in Ireland as well and keep up with professional development etc, I have to pay another membership fee for the Irish Soc. I dont really want to pay two membership fees plus the HPC fee as well! I wish the Irish Liason officer with the UK Soc would do something about the insurance issue, all I have heard him talk about when he comes to Irish Soc conferences is things like Royal Patronage (not so relevant in a Republic - personally I dont care whether Camilla wants to lend her royal kudos to the podiatric cause!) friendship agreements, and constantly referring to Ireland as "Eire" which annoys anyone Irish! How long am I going to have to pay two membership fees?
    There is no registration required to work privately in the Republic, though as I have said, to work for the HSE you now have to have a BSc or be on the Minister's approved list, but Digit, you'll find if you come and work in Ireland or even the UK, most people dont know what a Podiatrist is never mind whether they are professionally qualified. When I explain to people what my job is they generally look blank and then say something like "oh is that like a shiropodist?" All you can advise people to do is look at, and ask about podiatrist's qualifications before they consult them. It's an uphill struggle but we're getting there slowly.

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