NHS Employers and Health Education England have published a new employers guide to podiatry to support and enable NHS organisations to attract, recruit and retain a podiatry workforce.
The NHS Long Term Plan highlights the need for expanded community multidisciplinary teams, including podiatrists and other allied health professions (AHPs). Michelle Wayt, assistant director of development and employment at NHS Employers said:
“We know that employers are looking to develop a flexible workforce to keep pace with developments in treatments and early interventions, and the podiatrist role can really add to the skill mix of a multidisciplinary team. Podiatrists can be of benefit to both the organisation and patients, improving services and patient care.
The significant current and projected workforce shortages in podiatry mean that in order to meet demand for core services, patient needs and provide excellent care, employers need to be thinking about how to attract and recruit more podiatrists into their workforce as early as possible.”
The employers’ guide to podiatry is aimed at HR and recruitment teams in the NHS, as well as education and training leads, clinicians and allied health professional leads with an interest in the podiatry workforce.
The guide includes sections on:
- what podiatry is
- provides example case studies of podiatrists working in different settings
- attracting people into the profession
- education and training routes, from apprenticeships through to advanced practice roles
- employment and deployment
Find out more about the podiatry workforce, the business case and access the Employers' guide to podiatry.