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Teaching/learning and Podiatry CPD (CME)

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by DTT, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member


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    <ADMIN NOTE> This topic has been split off from the Political Developments thread as they are valuable enough for a new thread and were off the topic of the valuable original posts of that thread </>

    Hi Davidh

    Yes we will always disagree on the methods used to bring about change all the time ,in my opinion, it remains in a devisive format.

    I have read of your departure from the SCP in other threads and have to say my comments were not meant in a present tense more that you were a former member and would therefore have more of an insight into the reasoning that I .

    Time will tell on the eventual outcome but all I can say is I hope reason and reality rather than denigration ( by that I mean putting practioners livlihoods at risk) and ideals win the day .

    We have now as of July compusory CPD which is being geared to improving patient care and practice rather than simply attending for a set number of hours or collecting points .

    I have always been an advocate of "continual assessment" rather than the "exam culture" as I believe the former is acurate marker of an ability rather that the later which is simply a memory test.

    Perhaps the new age of cpd will reflect that theory and evolution will in time unite us in the most painless way.

    My ideal ? pehaps , but not confrontational and I DO believe it WILL work.

    Derek
     
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  2. Works well in primary school education, huh?
     
  3. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    Primary school eductation is an extremely good model for CPD etc - even for UG education.

    Think about it - the kid has got a problem --- what does he do? ... goes to the teacher.... what does the teacher do? ---- "Hey Johnny - how do you think we/you can solve this problem?"... (they don't give them the answer)

    Best model is continuous improvment vs the pass an exam mentality. How do you continously improve -- self identify a problem or knowledge or skill deficit and find a way to solve it (eg books, conference, peers, etc) - evidence is this is how people learn best ---- the primary schools have got it right.

    Its the old story of the big difference between 10 years of experience and 1 year of experience 10 times ---- exams noly encourage people to keep on repeating the one year of expereince. Self idenifying deficits and doing someting about it, that leads to growth, accumulation of experience, etc --- rather than just repeating the one year... (I am sure we can all identify those in the profession who just keep on repeating the one year ;) )

    My $0.02
     
  4. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Hi Mark

    I Think Craig has put it better than I ever could thank you Craig .

    I think a proven record that is assessed for content and performance is a more accurate indicator of competence than any singular examination .It also gives the opportunity of correction and positive direction.

    The academics amongst us may disagree with me but ..... just my opinion .

    Derek
     
  5. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    I think the point I tried to make above is what would you rather have:

    1) a model where everyone has to pass a minimum standard exam every year
    2) a model where everyone has to show continuous improvement and development every year (ie best facilitated by the primary school model of learning)

    Another way of looking a it:
    Consider everyones competence to be a bell shaped curve. Having a competency exam is an exclusionary model in which its aimed to get rid of those who are > 2 standard deviations below the mean.

    Rather then this exclusion model, why not have an inclusion model? - ie rather than chop of those who are 2SD's below the mean --- why not just move the whole bell shaped curve to the right? Accept that there will always be people >2SD's below the mean, but if the curve keeps moving to the right, who cares??

    The best way to move the curve to the right, is not by exam, but by self identification of deficits etc etc (see above) --> continuous improvement for everyone, as opposed of bringing everyone to a minimum standard (ie the 10 years of experience vs the 1 year 10 times) .... guess which model we adopted in Australia?
     
  6. Why can't you adopt a model that does both? Continual assesment sounds fine in theory but in practice it depends heavily on the educators objectivity and experience. Great if you have established institutions whose educators also undergo continual assesment by their peers, but when you have private institutions, whose syllabus and teaching methodology has not been exposed to inspection or outside scrutiny, how can you ensure the educators' standards are valid and robust?

    I agree with the thrust of your points regarding self progression in education, but not everyone shares the same motivation. Having a yearly examination to ensure minimum standards have been met often provides the incentive that some folks lack. Are you seriously suggesting that all examinations should be dropped in favour of a system of ongoing assesment?
     
  7. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    Exams tell you nothing more than how well someone can memorise things (and then forget them after the exam). They don't encourage the kinds of things that are needed to be good clinicians. They encourage superficial fact memorisation as opposed to deep learning and understanding. They encourage the repeating of the 1 year of experience as opposed to continual development and learning. They encourage people to achieve the minimal standard, rather than go beyond it.
     
  8. Craig

    That's not what I asked. I'm familiar with the arguments for continual assessment -v- examination, but I get the impression you are advocating a system of education that has no examinations whatsoever. Is that your position?

    Surely you mean some people, Craig? If you're reasonably self motivated, you'll drive your own standards, irrespective of whatever learning programme you graduate from. If your statement was all-encompassing, how do we have exceptional people in podiatry today? Would you think the profession is best served by constructing an undergraduate programme that is completely geared towards continual assesment without examination, or one that has both?

    Mark Russell
     
  9. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    It is a sad fact of teaching and learning that we wrestle with often ---- for the student, learning is driven by the nature of the assessment.

    Exams encourage the wrong kind of learning for continual professional development.

    eg mutli choice exams encourage the lower order superficial commision of facts to memory ---

    We are conintually trying to adapt our UG teaching and learning towards the higher order learning ---- but all that counts for nought if the assessment does not reflect it as students will still focus their learning based on the nature of the assessment.

    The same applies to continuing professional development and learning. Any form of assessment has to encourage/reflect the kind of learning/development expected at that level and has actually been shown to be related to patient outcomes.
     
  10. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

     
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    DTT Well-Known Member

     
  12. Could be. But I still think there has to be some examination at the end of a course. Are you advocating all year-end examinations be abolished in favour of continual assessment?
     
  13. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    Not quite. We just have to move on from the "terminal exam" mentality and move towards forms of assessment that reflects what is important (ie what is related to patient outcomes).

    In the subjects I teach, most students actually know what is in the exam --- but that does not mean that they do any good with knowing that. The questions are just not testing the memory, but other deeper things --> I tell them that (so the assessment should drive the learning --- as much as I hate that happening) ... despite knowing whats coming up in the exam, they generally do surpisingly badly, as they are so hung up on the "commit all the material to memory" due to the nature assessment in the first couple of years before I see them that is based on committing all these facts to memory.

    I am taking a risk saying this .... But hopefully no one from Australia reads this in the UK forum ;) , BUT, my wife is a podiatrist in private practice who needed to employ a new grad.... so I approached a couple ---- the one I specifically sort out that accepted the position (and is now doing really well) was approached based on how well I thought that person would go - it had nothing to do with the marks that person got (ie the exams were assessing something that the employer was not really interested in) .... (actually, I am not really taking a risk as I just rung her to tell her about this message :) )
     
  14. Felicity Prentice

    Felicity Prentice Active Member

    Jumping in to the discussion

    Craig,

    Thanks for directing me to this line of discussion (I wasn't sure if it was because of my quals in Primary and Secondary teaching, or because my other half is a demented Highland Piper).

    I totally endorse Craigs beliefs and sentiments re the nature of learning - change can only happen when we reflect on and challenge our knowledge and practice. Summative assessment - the dreaded 'final exams' are too often seen as the single hurdle to practice. I confess I have a colleague who brags that in over 23 years of practice she has not bothered to follow up on any developments on our profession. "What she knows is enough".

    But I do question whether our professional community offers the environment required for successful individual constructive growth. In a classroom the teacher's role is to gently support the student as they leave their comfort zone of knowledge/practice and challenge and reconstruct their understandings for themselves. Do we offer the mentors, the guides and the support structures to provide this to our professional community?

    Just as students are assessment driven, they place equal importance on modeling - one of the issues behind the problems we are encountering in converting the more vocationally oriented programs to off-campus e-format. Can we provide models to enable inividuals to seek to improve their practice? It is little wonder that the old Royal Colleges of Insert-Your-Medical-Specialty-Here have stayed the way they are. The Guild Apprenticeship model of training has some real advantages (although it is not PC to say so).

    Now, what was I saying? Damn, it was probably profound. Never mind, I will check your spelling and make sure you haven't gone over the lines when you are colouring in later.

    Yours in Podiatric Fellowship

    Felicity
     
  15. In other words you chose your associate based on your gut feeling, which at the end of the day is often more reliable than any other method. But the point is this, Craig - your two candidates graduated after completing some studies in podiatry. You didn't approach two individuals in a bar and said, "Hey, I'm looking to employ someone to work with my wife who is a podiatrist. You gotta do some studies as you go along, but it doesn't really matter if you haven't done any to date because there's such a shortage of podiatrists nowadays that the government are allowing anyone to come into the profession for the next three years. You don't have to prove nothing!"

    I suspected we might end up on the same track as the excellent Undergraduate Education thread (hello Felicity) and seek to re-examine the whole issue of UG learning and how this profession approaches new blood, but before we do I would just like to make clear that the issue of examination raised in this thread relates to measuring the competence of people who have applied to join a register of professionals, where they have taken a route of training that falls out-with the standard programme - if indeed they have taken any training in the first instance.

    I'm sure your comments have validity in the educational programmes and I respect your views entirely, but how do you measure suitability to practice and clinical competency in a body of individuals who have varied and diverse backgrounds in training and education, without setting some examinations?
     
  16. Felicity Prentice

    Felicity Prentice Active Member

    Gut feeling based on internalised assessment

    Gotta agree with Mark there Craig, although you did not select the successful grad on their 'marks', you had a highly developed (and internalised) system of assessment by which you measured the potential Pod's competence and capacity for growth.

    I guess the point that you are making along the way here Craig is that while the final exams might measure competence (or a dull variant thereof) - do they in any way measure potential for growth? I actually believe that the use of lower order assessment techniques in the tertiary sector (ie the rote-learned superficial stuff) is a function of the lack of resources to do anything more searching and meaningful, and the (dare I say it) lack of pedagogical training offered to/undertaken by academic staff members.

    Having said all that, the point, as Mark makes, is that when you have a disparate and heterogenous group of applicants for registration, how to assessment baseline standards? By crikey if we could discover a method of assessment which:
    is deep and searching
    encompasses diversity and individual differences
    addresses the theory-research-praxis intersection
    is non-threatening and formative
    is diagnostic of capacity for growth as a reflective practitioner
    can be administered easily
    is cost and resource neutral (or better yet - lets make some money for our poor Governments....)
    ...well then, I think I would never have to see another toe-nail again.

    Anyway, how about they write in 25 words or less "I would like to be a Podiatrist because..." and include the inners of at least one expensive running shoe bearing the imprints of some orthotic devices?

    cheers,

    Felicity

    PS For the sake of personal publicity, I would like to point out that the avatar is of Weird Al Yankovic, not a recent picture of me after intensive testosterone treatment
     
  17. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Hi Felicity

    At the (severe) risk of diving headlong into an academic discussion that is frankly above me after an opinion I raised (but what the heck here goes anyway)

    Firstly thank You and Craig for making me THINK !!

    I am not an academic so please bear with me.

    The situation we have in this country as I see it is :

    The division of the profession in two main sectors:-

    Graduate

    Non Graduate (diploma level)

    The The Health Professions Council has decreed " Anyone that has been in practice for five years in SAFE EFFECTIVE PRACTICE" ( a form of continual assessment ??) will be admitted to the register.


    Then after, cpd will be required to show "effect on patient outcomes" within your scope of practice.

    Now as a private practioner that has completed EVERY diploma course my teaching institution offers and is being blocked from advancing my knowledge by Mark and the like within the profession.

    I now have to look to other disciplines to advance my knowledge in new patient care techniques .

    The need for me is, any learning at this stage MUST relate to my practice situation and the assumed benift to my patients, ie , I don't particularly care HOW it works , prove to me ( as researchers /academics) it DOES work and will improve my patients quality of life and take their pain away I will be the first in line to learn everything about it and the intigrate it within my practice

    This situation is not of my making yet I am being threatened (if Mark has his way) with yes the ultimate exam!!

    The effect will be( if approved) of exclusion rather than inclusion thereby depriving thousands of patients of patient choice and treatment.

    I believe , given time , a level playing field will be set and a structure made based on levels of ability/education , self aspiration and scope of practice.

    But my opinion still is ,ANY ongoing apraisal MUST be based on a continual assessment basis to encourage improvement in educational growth standards .

    Thanks for indulging me

    Be lucky

    Derek

    ps . your Atavar was looking quite atractive till you told me it was a BLOKE Jeeeeze these damn glasses :eek: :)
     
  18. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    A line I use often when discussing some new ideas is something like - "I don't care if I am wrong - if you go away thinking, then my job is done"

    We did publish a paper on critical thinking and critical reflection and teaching:
    CB Payne and AR Bird: J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 1999 89: 525-530 Teaching clinical biomechanics in the context of uncertainty in which we outlined one model in which developent from the lower order to the higher order level of thinking can happen.

    Here is an eg I use often, that summarise my views on CPD:
    Take a clinician who decides their clinical biomechanics and orthoses prescribing skills are not where they should be (first step to learning well is this self identification of a learning need or deficit). Next step is to plan what to do about it...

    Under traditional models (eg the USA's CME points) - you find a course and go on it and get your points. But how often have you been on a course (you have fun, it was interesting, you caught up with collegues, you got drunk at the dinner).....but come Monday morning, how much better off are your patients? (assuming you weren't hung over :cool: ) (...also, how many of those weekend biomechanics/foot orthoses courses are still teaching what we gave up teaching ~10 years ago)

    Under the reflective/critical thinker/self directed type approach, what can you do?... perhaps spend the day seeing patients with a collegue who does a lot of biomechanics and orthoses; find a mentor who is willing to 'debrief' with you after each biomechanics patient ("what could I have done better?); buy a couple of books; read the Biomechanics forum here; organise a 'journal club' type mtg with collegues; spend an afternoon at an orthotic lab; maybe do a course, but its a small part of the plan ---- BUT, most importantly spend time reflecting on these activities, making notes etc on what was learned and how it can be applied.

    Guess, under which method the patient outcomes are better? Guess which method leads to continuous improvement (ie shifting the bell shaped curve to the right; inclusion vs exclusion) - all I am arguing is that what ever form of assessment is in place it needs to encourage this kind of activity (ie learning is driven by the nature of the assessment)

    Under the CPD in Australia, you self declare and can claim points for these kinds of activities - there are random audits (on her latest annual points return, my wife even claimed points for being married to me :D - she runs a lot of patient problems past me, that she learns from and patient outcomes improve, so why not? )
     
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  19. dmdon

    dmdon Active Member

    'Now as a private practioner that has completed EVERY diploma course my teaching institution offers and is being blocked from advancing my knowledge by Mark and the like within the profession.'

    What is being blocked and how, sorry i've missed something here.

    Exams, in my opinion and it is only an opinion, prove that an individual can pass or fail them, agreed in the first few years of training they probably are an accurate way of ruling out plagerism, should it be suspected with regards to an individuals performance in the class room and the submission of assignments. However trying to introduce a five yearly examinable test of competence would leave the vast majority of people out in the cold regardless of training, and thats not taking into account the financial implications and the inevitable appeals and remarks that occur. Should we differentiate between an individual who passes with 90% and one who passes with 40%.....do some know 50% more or less than the others.

    Like Dereck I have done everything my institution has to offer, and have also studied beyond both at diploma and degree level so my opinion is valid, continual assesment streatches my skills as an individual, a student and a practitioner, exams when I have to take them, locks me a way in a small room cramming information in, making me hope that the right questions appear.

    I for one would not in any way shape or form agree to a five yearly examinable test of competence, it would be frought with distrust and the allegations of favouratism would be rife.

    A variation of the CPD which involed constructive and active participation would be a way that I think most people, however reluctantly, would agree to, but thankfully I don't have to make those descions.

    Imagine turning to a consultant orthopedic surgeon or nerosurgeon, sitting them down for a two hour exam and say to them, I don't care how good you are, if you don't pass this test...your'e out! (and don't you dare say that's different, because it ain't!) :eek:

    Cheers

    David D :)
     
  20. dmdon

    dmdon Active Member

    PS

    I see now I am a senior member.....does that mean I get paid for coming on here?

    Cheers

    David
     
  21. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Unfortunatly no :( ---- we just now respect your opinion even more :)

    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  22. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    Derek,
    I don't think there are many CPD courses you can't access in the UK.
    You can certainly attend any I run!
    Cheers,
    David
     
  23. How does the HPC measure safe & effective practice? It doesn’t. It relies on the applicant making true and honest statements in relation to their prior activities. The process is deeply flawed and wholly unreliable.

    With such a fertile imagination, I appear to have taken on the mantle of the Devil-Reincarnate with you Derek. But I can assure you that my satanic powers do not extend to course blocking for grand-parented registrants.

    I hate to tell you this Derek, but the colleagues you seek to join, have all had to undergo examinations before they were allowed to practice. Can you tell me why you should be treated any different?

    Only if you don’t make the grade and if that is the case then that is most certainly in the best interests of the patient.

    That is precisely what will happen with revalidation and this process has already been adopted by both the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council.

    Mark Russell
     
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  24. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the invitation :)

    I know via the SMAE I can attend cpd which Mark by the way is questioning the quality and dare I say the qualification of the educators , ( see earlier in this thread) I really would like your comments on that one :D

    I will agree it is getting easier to access cpd run by or involving SCP members but lets be fair until very recently we were treated like leppers in that respect.

    I am not going to persue that tack any further as I think it is going away from the subject under discussion but suffice to make the point.

    Cheers

    Derek
     
  25. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Hi Mark]

     
  26. I guess that's the passage that's hacked you off, Derek. What's the problem? The mainstream colleges have to undergo external scrutiny for their syllabus as well as HPC validation for their course programme. I would have thought any teaching institution would be bound by the same regulation, but in the private sector, in the UK at least, that is not the case. Ask yourself this: Why haven't SMAE and the West Midlands School et al. applied to join the register of approved institutions with the HPC for chiropodists and podiatrists? Who are these institutions training nowadays - Foot Health Practitioners who fall out-with the regulatory legislation or chiropodists/podiatrists, who are covered by the Order.

    I suspect Craig, Felicity, Cameron and other educators all have a recognised podiatry qualification plus a supplementary teaching certificate; are exposed to regular inspections and are bound by some form of regulatory control. The same principles cannot be applied to the private establishments to which you refer.

    Please don't take this as another slagging-off for private establishments and their protégés but you often make a great play of level playing fields and I am simply pointing out to you the duplicity of your statements. Graduate podiatrists underwent three or four years of full-time study and training plus an interminable number of examinations before being allowed onto the register - you didn't. Podiatry colleges are bound by strict guidelines and regulations that govern their activities and staff - the private colleges have no such regulatory environment. Level playing field? Send on the Jambos!

    I have no idea, but I have it on very good authority that someone has registered a stuffed gorilla as a HPC podiatrist and that said gorilla now has the same legal status as you and I and all the other UK pods who contribute to this forum. Maybe he can type? Certainly he was able to dupe the system - I wonder how many others have too?

    Mark Russell
     
  27. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Mark

    "Originally Posted by Mark Russell
    Great if you have established institutions whose educators also undergo continual assessment by their peers, but when you have private institutions, whose syllabus and teaching methodology has not been exposed to inspection or outside scrutiny, how can you ensure the educators' standards are valid and robust"

    I believe David h & Bill Liggins are now educators for Smae ?? Are we to assume from your comments they are in some way deficiant ???

    I cannot speak for or against other establishments because I don't know the details.

    I believe wheels are in motion to dot the i's and cross the t's to make the Smae a teaching establishment recognised by the HPC.

    One last thing ,

    If as you say the Smae does not get inspections etc how do you know so much about what supposedly goes on there ??

    Have you had first hand experience of the teaching methods or are your comments ( as I suspect)based on supposition ??

    But please Mark dont lets get into them and us on this thread .

    Out of interest should your exam proposal be accepted , who would set the exam and at what educational level ??

    Cheers

    Derek
     
  28. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Mark

    "I have no idea, but I have it on very good authority that someone has registered a stuffed gorilla as a HPC podiatrist and that said gorilla now has the same legal status as you and I and all the other UK pods who contribute to this forum. Maybe he can type? Certainly he was able to dupe the system - I wonder how many others have too?"



    As we have said before every system is open to abuse and or stupidity :mad:

    Examination and regulation will never stop that

    Cheers

    Derek
     
  29. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    Derek,
    One point, although I have been an educator for SMAE in the past, this is not the case now. However I believe the one Workshop I did run for them was at least up to the standard of undergrad podiatry teaching in the UK, as were the two CDRoms I wrote.
    Cheers,
    David
     
  30. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Then David why is Mark so insistant the standards of educators/education at the Smae fall short ???

    Cheers
    Derek
     
  31. Derek

    It would really help if you could read the submissions accurately. I never wrote that the standards at SMAE or anywhere else fell short nor have I ever written that the standards of grandparented podiatrists are deficient - only that we have no way of measuring either of them under the current regulatory format. There is a vast difference and if I had written as you have implied I would expect the heavy thud of libel papers through my letterbox by the morning.

    Mark Russell
     
  32. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Then if that is so where is your problem with addmission to the register :confused:

    Derek
     
  33. Read the bit you deleted then think of the gorilla again. Sooner or later the light will come on. If it doesn't, could I respectfully suggest you join the Church of MIS Reprobates, instead?
     
  34. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Mark

    Make no mistake ,The light is on and burning brightly .

    I choose to ignore inuendo and try to stick to reality perhaps you should give it a try ??

    Anyway answer my question

    Who would set your proposed exam and at what educational level ??
    Derek
     
  35. R.E.G

    R.E.G Active Member

    Mark
    I think you must have forgotten that the College of Foot Health Practitioners have been accredited with the Open College Network West Midlands.
    Does this not satisfy your requirements for scrutiny?
    The course has been deemed to be the equivalent of one 'A' level.
     
  36. C Bain

    C Bain Active Member

    Teaching/learning and CPD.

    Hi R.E.G. and DTT.
    I consider a course accreditation for the F.H.P.' as equivalent of one 'A' Level as perfectly acceptable in the present 'Reality of Chiropody'. After all this will train and educate F.P.H.' to the level of competence in chiropody. It will allow them to safely handle approx. 90% or more of present chiropody demands by the public! This Public is not the 'great set of fools dwelling in ignorance' as some would have us believe.

    As for Derek above I am quite prepared to stand as his second regarding swords or pistols at dawn, (Or should I be adding Claymores to the weapon selection?).

    Well done Derek, I could not have conducted the above better myself (and I'm not really to familiar with SMAE at present but I'm sure they are in the hunt for University college statues!). You have my full support in your argument above! I'm not sure if it is possible to not gel into camps over this one the longer the thread stays open.

    Am getting a life!!!

    Regards.

    Colin.

    P.S. My Comb. Hons., but not in podiatry was in burying them. Not a rev. but once held a Prince Bishops Lic. (But he did expect them to be dead at the time).

    P.P.S. Very sorry everybody but I've been noted for having a sick sense of humour and I think this thread if we carry on down this path like this will need one?!?.

    P.P.P.S. Yes Mark my twelfth module had a short course on ducking and diving in it when encountering the S.R.Ch.!!! Tin hats were also provided!
     
  37. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Hi Colin

    Thank you for your support but :-

    I am not and will not be drawn into the them and us argument in this thread (it happened in another with Mark and myself and finished with insults and abuse )

    I think this site is worthy of better that that !!

    We all have our different points of view and defend them vigorously but that should not allow any of us to detract from the point of the thread which if we en-camped it would do.

    The only thing against that was , that particular one is still the most supported thread since this site has opened and I think gave "entertainment value" to many ;)

    Again thanks for your comments

    And never stop trying to "get a life !! " :D

    Best wishes

    Derek
     
  38. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Revalidation by examination

     
  39. C Bain

    C Bain Active Member

    The Case of the Stuffed Gorilla!

    Hi All,
    Thought's on our friend the Stuffed Gorilla!
    Applying a rather creaking memory to law and to this happening with the gorilla? I would say that if this is not an April the first joke in advance:- The Gorilla and it's associates (Always assuming it's dead of course?) will be guilty of the following, (And I'm sure the HPC do not need my help in this matter!),

    1. Forgery leading to Perjury? (7 to 14 years?).
    2. False Pretences (Obtaining something with value by the use of a lie to wit Registration! Theft Act Section 2 I think?).
    3. Making a fool of Government Officials if not the Government? (Hung drawn and quartered, or should that be House arrest in the very near future!).
    4. Other thoughts that might get me arrested, so I won't!

    Has Chiropody in England actually sunk to this? The HPC hasn't even got to July yet! Like others I have had to seek elsewhere to keep my post graduate education and training going. My mind needs to work but I would have been much happier taking undergraduate modules in podiatry with the younger students over these past years. The Podiatry Faculty of my own University could hardly speak to me about ten years ago on the subject!

    I am going to allow one of them to examine me on paper or in some form of competence test? You must be joking!

    My disgust at the Gorilla being brought into the subject makes me wonder whether certain people have brought podiatry down to the very lowest of the low if the gorilla story is true? Professionalism, podiatrist, you must be joking. I'm a CHIROPODIST and glad and happy to continue allowing my patients' to use that term!

    Regards to all,

    Colin.(And ducking!).
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2005
  40. C Bain

    C Bain Active Member

    P.S. above.

    P.S. to above,

    Don't worry all,

    I'm on the St. John's Wart, much better than Valium!!!

    Regards,

    Colin. (Must keep a sense of humour! Even if my spell check can not spell it?).
     
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