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.
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.
To be a chiropody assistant, you should:
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.
If you would like to know anything about Chiropody Assistant that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
1 Fellmonger's Path
Tower Bridge Road
Tel: 020 7234 8620
The Alliance of Private Sector Chiropody and Podiatry Practitioners