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Specialist MSK Podiatrist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Bletchley, Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a new team member to join our patient-centred, progressive Podiatry team and support us to deliver high quality Musculoskeletal(MSK)/Podiatry care to our local population in Milton Keynes.

This post requires an experienced podiatrist who will work as part of the team providing a high standard of clinical care in a variety of settings. The post holder will be expected to assess, diagnose, develop and implement individualised programmes of care for patients with a wide variety of clinical needs.

This role may also be an ideal opportunity as a developmental role for a Band 5 Podiatrist with an interest in biomechanics/MSK (Musculoskeletal). The successful applicant will have an exciting opportunity to transition from a Band 5 Podiatrist into a Specialist MSK Band 6 Podiatrist through structured and mentored MSK/Podiatry competencies. The competencies will be based on Royal College of Podiatry Musculoskeletal (MSK) Capabilities Framework The Podiatry Competency Framework for Integrated Diabatic Foot Care and MSK competences agreed by local managers.

The post holder will also be expected to plan and manage their own caseload that will include providing specialist care for high risk patientsand those with MSK, diabetic, rheumatoid and biomechanical problems.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant must be motivated to learn and develop through the training,working with diverse patient caseloads of increasingly complex health needs.

A conscientious, enthusiastic and flexible team player with good clinical, communication, and organisational skills and with a drive to improve knowledge and expand their expertise is desirable.

The main emphasis of the post is based on the treatment of musculoskeletal/biomechanical conditions of the foot and lower limb. You will also be required to provide an element of core podiatry care to a diverse range of patients involving routine podiatry, nail surgery, high-risk and ulcer/wound care in a wide variety of settings.

You will be working to HCPC and CNWL Trust standards and values.

The successful applicant must be motivated to learn and develop due to the increased complexities of patients through competency based learning.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

About us

We would like you to come and join us and be one of the 1500 Therapists / AHP's in CNWL. We work in many different teams in both physical and mental health, as well as many specialist areas. You could have a career for life with us.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession this enables us to invest in the development of our staff.

CNWL has a long-established professional structure and this includes a Director of Therapies, an AHP associate director and Trust wide heads of Professions. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our professions and therapies as a whole at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond.We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are a priority for us in CNWL we expect staff to be culturally competent, reflective and open to culturally diverse CPD opportunities.

The Podiatry Service in Milton Keynes is well established and provides a high level of training, clinical supervision and support.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a full-time permanent position (there is a probation period of 13 weeks)

The main focus for the specialist MSK Podiatristrole is the assessment and management of musculoskeletal/biomechanics condition of the foot, ankle and lower limb.

To adopt a problem- solving approach and develop, advise on, support and encourage shared decision-making, gaining consent and enact an integrated management plan that considers investigations, interventions and therapy options or support packages, negotiating on agreed outcomes based upon clinical evidence and patients needs and informed preferences. Support from senior MSK podiatry staff will be provided.

To undertake functional gait assessment

To follow through agreed treatment plan with an end result of improved foot and ankle pathology and develop discharge plans with each individual where appropriate.

To prescribe, manufacture and fit chairside, functional or accommodative devices and refer for shoe adaptations when clinically indicated.

Develop an understanding of assessment techniques respective validity, reliability, specificity and sensitivity and the implications of these limitations within an assessment

There will be an element of core podiatry assessment and treatments, including vascular and neurological assessment and signpost patients as required depending on foot risk categorisation.

To be responsible for the maintenance of timely, accurate, comprehensive patient notes which reflect the interventions delivered. Ensuring that they are in accordance with National/Trust/Departmental guidelines for best practice in defensible record management.

To comply with health and safety requirements.

To communicate and educate patient as part of their care involving them in decisions on their care

To participate in student/apprentice training

To liaise with voluntary and statutory bodies when necessary to ensure that patients needs are addressed. To be aware of safeguarding (adults and children)

To take an active role in supporting and delivering Health Promotion events within the Service including promoting the departments services to other healthcare professionals to ensure appropriate patients are referred to the service.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • BSc Degree In Podiatry/Podiatric Medicine with local anaesthesia
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council
  • Hold a Certificate in local anaesthesia.



  • Experience of work in the NHS.
  • Experience of treating Biomechanical/MSK related foot Conditions.
  • Experience of working with a diverse population


  • Experience of foot orthotic manufacture



  • Knowledge of the effect lower limb biomechanics in Orthopaedic/MSK conditions.
  • Knowledge of HCPC code of conduct
  • Knowledge of patient confidentiality and Governance
  • Awareness of Equality and diversity in practice
  • Knowledge of current evidence based/ best practices.
  • Evidence of treatment planning/patient management
  • Skills to carry out a biomechanical assessment and orthopaedic examination of gait, lower limb joints and muscle.
  • To demonstrate clinical reasoning and decision making skills in the management of biomechanics/MSK Conditions and other podiatric conditions
  • To have a understanding of foot orthoses and their applications and manufacture
  • To be able to use appliance laboratory equipment - Grinding machines
  • Skills in assessment, diagnoses and treatment of To be able to carry out full range of podiatry clinical skills such as wound care, vascular and neurological assessment and nail surgery.
  • The ability to 'risk categorised patients
  • Knowledge of patient confidentiality and Governance
  • Ability and experience of foot health education/promotion
  • Ability to undertake nails surgery assessments, procedure and post-operative care
  • Effective organisational skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population.
  • Knowledge of health and Safety at work
  • Knowledge of safeguarding
  • Intermediate level of IT skills


  • To have an understanding of advanced modalities of treatments relevant to biomechanics
  • Demonstrate working with diverse population.

Personal attributes


  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn
  • Effective communication skills
  • oAbility to cope with a varied and demanding high turnover workload
  • Organisational and planning skills to manage your own work time.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Bletchley Therapy Unit

Whalley Drive

Bletchley, Milton Keynes


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