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How to become a Chiropody Assistant

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What does a Chiropody Assistant do?

Chiropody assistants may also be known as podiatry assistants or foot care assistants. They give clinical support to qualified chiropodists/podiatrists and are involved in tasks such as cutting toe nails and applying dressings.

Assistants may offer advice on foot and nail care and undertake clerical tasks. They may have their own caseload, dealing with routine treatments and patients who have already been assessed by the chiropodist/podiatrist.

What's the working environment like working as a Chiropody Assistant?

The working week is usually 37.5 hours. There may be opportunities for part-time work and job sharing.

NHS work may be in local clinics and health centres, in hospitals or in patients' own homes. Assistants may also be employed in private clinics and in chiropody departments of retail outlets such as chemist chains.

A uniform is usually worn.

What does it take to become a Chiropody Assistant?

To be a chiropody assistant, you should:

  • enjoy working with people of all ages
  • have a caring and understanding approach
  • have good manual dexterity
  • have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • work well as part of a team
  • be well organised.
A driving licence and access to your own transport may be useful because some positions involve visiting clients in their own home.

Chiropody Assistant Career Opportunities

Chiropody assistants can work within the NHS, in private practice or in the retail sector.

This work provides valuable experience if you wish to train to become a qualified chiropodist/podiatrist; however, to become qualified you would still be required to follow the same route as those without relevant experience. For more details, please check the chiropodist/podiatrist job profile.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Chiropody Assistant that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

NHS Learning and Development Service
Tel: 08000 150 850
Email: learning@nhscareers.nhs.uk

NHS Careers
PO Box 376
Bristol
BS99 3EY
Tel: 0845 606 0655
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
1 Fellmonger's Path
Tower Bridge Road
London
SE1 3LY
Tel: 020 7234 8620
www.feetforlife.org

The Alliance of Private Sector Chiropody and Podiatry Practitioners
www.thealliancepsp.com

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