Senior Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum/pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Diabetes Care for You is a multidisciplinary community diabetes service covering Brighton, Hove, High Weald and the Havens in East Sussex. The service comprises of consultants, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, psychologists and support staff, that all contribute to the development of this innovative service.

The podiatrists also support with the Multi-Disciplinary Foot Team down at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking to recruit 2 Senior Diabetes Specialist Podiatrists to work within our Podiatry team.

The Senior Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist will work in partnership with patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes with moderate, high risk and active foot problems in a community setting, aiming to improve outcomes for patients. This includes the development of clinic-based care, home visits, along with healthcare professional and patient education programmes for diabetes management.

The post holder will also establish and maintain effective working relationships with health professionals in both primary and secondary care. They will work alongside the Lead Podiatrist to develop their clinical skills, and those of the team of Band 5 and Band 6 Podiatrists, to ensure the provision of high quality specialist podiatry care to patients. This role offers an excellent opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team integrating physical and psychological support.

About us

Positive 2021 NHS Staff Survey results
  • The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rates our quality of services as good with outstanding features Stunning locations in Sussex, surrounded by the South Downs and the coast
  • A great working environment in the community, in patients' homes and our community hospitals
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Real Living Wage Employer, with great rates of pay
  • Flexible working options, including job sharing, annualised hours, career breaks, parental leave and adoption leave
  • Supportive team environments
  • Cost-effective and convenient workplace nurseries
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces

Job description

Job responsibilities

To ensure the provision of a robust, integrated arrangement of care for diabetic feet within the community diabetes service and across the interface between Tier 3 and Tier 4 patients, providing a consistent high quality and a systematic approach to patient care.

The post holder will carry a high risk diabetic clinical caseload, using their highly developed specialist skills to ensure that patients receive the best evidence based care package.The clinician will be required to participate in regular Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings within the service in order to input into this forum of patient care.This role will require the triage of incoming referrals ensuring that they are allocated to the right level of speciality within the service, or referring on to other specialities, services or agencies as appropriate.To clinically supervise Band 5 and 6 members of the podiatry team, acting as a clinical mentor, this role extends to students placed within the service and clinicians on rotation from the podiatry service. The post holder will be accountable, with the Lead Podiatrist, for the delivery of safe effective Podiatric care within the pathway.To participate in team meetings and to regularly update the staff on developments within the field of diabetes.To attend regional and local expert reference groups.To attend and input into Sussex Community NHS Trust podiatry service Continuing Professional Development events and facilitate Band 5 & 6 team members attending.To participate in patient satisfaction and audit studies as deemed necessary by the service manager and Lead Podiatrist.To lead the education sessions with other providers in matters relating to diabetic podiatric care.Prescribe and review medication (if appropriate prescribing qualification has been obtained and governance in place) for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national practice protocols, and within scope ofpractice.

Person Specification



  • BSc Podiatry or equivalent
  • MSc (working towards) or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of Post graduate Continual Professional Development
  • Evidence of working at nationally accepted competency level for Band 7 Diabetes Specialist


  • Holder of Independent prescriber certification



  • At least 5 years post graduate experience preferably covering both acute and community clinical work. At least 3 years of this must involve specialist care for the patients with diabetes
  • Undertaking new patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment
  • Developing specialised programmes of care
  • Working in multi-disciplinary setting
  • Undertaking clinical audit
  • Comprehensive evidence of relevant lifelong learning and post graduate training
  • Undertaking research in a health care setting

Skills and Knowledge


  • Complex diabetic wound assessment and management
  • Vascular assessment and associated podiatric management
  • Evidence of presenting academic work/reports to an audience
  • Appropriately request and assess imaging when clinically required
  • Experience in the provision of health education
  • Ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite of programs

Other requirements


  • This position will require the post holder to be independently mobile and own a vehicle for personal transport as it will require regular travel across East Sussex and the Brighton and Hove area

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