Community Podiatrist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a.
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a recently qualified podiatrist or due to qualify in Summer 2023?

West Dorset podiatry is looking for an enthusiastic Band 5 Podiatrist to join our team.

This B5 post will be mainly based in the Dorchester area, however it may also require travel to nearby areas such as Bridport and Weymouth. As a rural area, with a high number of elderly patients, the team also provides a limited number of home visits to housebound patients.

The team in West Dorset provides a range of podiatry services in a community setting. Most of the work focusing on routine and ulcer care for the patients with high risk feet.

This post would particularly suit someone interested in developing their general skills with possibly an interest wound care and complex foot problems. However we also provide basic MSK interventions so an interest MSK would also be useful.

It is a great opportunity live and work in a beautiful part of the country near to the coast.

Main duties of the job

In West Dorset, the service aims to provide short courses of general footcare, basic chairside orthoses solutions and education to patients with a view to resolving foot problems and pain and facilitating and supporting self-care. We have a strong team working ethic to provide prompt and relevant care to patients aiming to respond flexibility to patient needs particular for those who have foot ulceration.

The team you would be joining is small but big hearted. We each work independently as it is a predominantly rural location, but we also work closely together with opportunities for shared clinics, team meetings, group clinical supervision.

At B5 level you are likely to start with more routine clinics working sometimes on your own and sometimes in two chair clinics to develop your skills. As you get experience, the complexity of patients managed will increase but always with access to more senior colleagues for support.

We would welcome applications from newly qualified nurses and we provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to �10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

Person Specification

Knowledge skills and training


  • BSc Degree In Podiatric Medicine or Diploma (if qualified prior 1991) and a certificate in local anaesthesia
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of continual professional and personal development

Job specific experience


  • Experience of working with a wide range of patient and disease / pathology types including the at-risk foot


  • Experience of multidisciplinary and interagency working
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of clinical supervision / mentoring

Skills and Knowledge


  • Knowledge of recent developments in the profession
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance -theory
  • Awareness of Equal Opportunities - theory and practice
  • Effective oral, listening and written communication in order to negotiate and persuade patients and carers gaining compliance and commitment to their treatment and care plans
  • Ability to undertake intricate work in using sensitive diagnostic tools and a range of surgical instruments. e.g. in the management and debridement of poor tissue viability wounds and nail surgery
  • Organisational and planning skills to manage your own work time.
  • IT skills including use of Internet, e-mail, word processing.
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively


  • Ability cope with patients anxieties and employ tactical techniques in order to help support patients and provide assurance
  • Up-to-date knowledge of clinical issues and treatment development
  • Experience of delivering health education

Personal qualities/attributes


  • Be able to work in a team and also be able to work autonomously and independently a large part of the time.
  • Good communication skills in person, by letter and telephone
  • Able to remain calm under pressure and cope with unexpected changes/events
  • Able to plan own workload and caseload and ensure they get timely breaks.

Business Travel


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business and be able and willing to drive in a rural location and visits patients who are housebound

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Frederick Treves House

St Johns Road



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