9 September 2019
2 years part-time
Places available (subject to change)
About the course
Podiatric surgeons undertake invasive surgery on the foot and ankle, as well as manage a wide range of conditions surgically. This course offers practicing and newly qualified podiatrists the opportunity to expand and develop their knowledge and skills in this specialist area.
The course will begin your training and assist you to gain the competencies required to become a podiatric surgeon.
Involvement from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists ensures that our course meets the current needs of the profession and its existing training programmes. Teaching is also supported by the Northern Deanery of the Directorate of Podiatric Surgery.
You will be taught by a team who are all practicing clinicians within podiatric practice. The part-time course has been designed in a way to provide minimal disruption to your clinic time, as your attendance on campus is concentrated into study blocks.
Clinical Assessment and Management
In this module you will appraise and apply a broad range of assessment and management strategies relating to the lower limb. You will study the practical application of advanced investigations into the musculoskeletal, vascular, and neurological status of the lower limb and the associated treatment approaches. You will also focus on the concepts of evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, problem solving and evaluation of those strategies. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.
Clinical Investigations and Diagnostic Imaging for Podiatrists
This module provides the opportunity for you to develop the key skills required to order and interpret a range of clinical investigations and imaging modalities used in the diagnosis and management of foot and lower limb pathology. You will be assessed by a practical exam and written exam.
Principles of Podiatric Surgery
This module will present the key principles that underpin podiatric surgical practice and introduce the surgical skills required to support that practice. It will cover in-depth anatomy of the foot well as providing an opportunity for surgical dissection/prosection of the foot and lower limb. The module is an introduction to the complete surgical episode of care from pre-operative assessment to discharge, it includes peri-operative care, surgical technique and principles of bone fixation. If you are not working within a surgical team, we may be able to assist you in arranging some observational placement experience. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework and an exam.
Injection therapy (Theory) for the Foot and Ankle
This module provides the opportunity for you to advance your practice using the theoretical knowledge that underpins clinical practice for injection therapies in the foot and ankle. You will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the principles and actions of the drugs available and techniques used in their administration. Assessment will involve completing two exams.
Person Centred Care
This module will develop your existing knowledge and skills in communication of person centred care. You will be introduced to the theoretical and practical aspects of effective communication in your practice. Exposure to a range of theoretical concepts will enable critical thinking surrounding service user care. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.
Project (Health Related)
This module provides the opportunity to develop a working project proposal related to your course outcomes or place of work, facilitated with learning materials and procedural guidance made available electronically. In addition you will attend lectures and have access to supervision with a subject specialist or researcher in the field. You will be assessed through submission of coursework in the form of a project.
Teaching will be delivered through study blocks, which require your attendance at the University. This will also be supported by online learning, podcasts and discussion forums. A variety of other teaching methods will be used including practical theatre sessions and the study of areal life case studies where you will have the opportunity to review anonymous, real case files of patients. Assessment will involve seminar presentations, assignments oral examinations and clinical assessments.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Entry requirements for this course are normally:
- An Honours degree in Podiatry or an equivalent qualification. Individuals without Honours or with a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine will be considered on an individual basis by the admission team.
- Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the relevant registration authority in your country of origin.
If you trained overseas, you must be registered with an appropriate governing body. If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.
You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
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