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Clinical Specialist Podiatrist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum/Pro Rata
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking experienced registered Podiatrists who are looking to either progress their career from a Band 6 role or to further their clinical and leadership development as a Band 7 member of staff. We have recently merged our Brighton and Hove and North teams and are looking for Podiatrists with highly specialist skills to manage a caseload of patients including those who require extra-care as well as supporting clinics with regards to routine foot care management.

We are committed to supporting our staff and we are looking for Podiatrists to join our Trust to support the delivery of excellent care at the heart of the community. Our clinics are spread across West Sussex and Brighton & Hove and we welcome applications from Podiatrists who are looking for full or part-time hours. Base of work can be negotiated but there would be an expectation of travel and working in different locations across the area.

We have a robust relocation package available for interested applicants.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality clinical care to patients with high risk feet and active ulceration.
  • To provide clinical leadership, ensuring effective governance for staff working in allocated area or service.
  • To work with the professional lead and other clinical leads to ensure staff are clinically competent, services are clinically effective and safe, and an excellent patient experience is delivered.
  • To embed the principles of interdisciplinary working and cross skilling for all staff, including implementing the competency frameworks.
  • To provide specialist clinical advice regarding complex patients.
  • To provide specialist clinical assessment and intervention for patients as required.
  • To work with the patient safety lead in supporting an audit plan in the appropriate clinical area and participate in research as appropriate, to inform future service development.
  • To ensure services continue to develop in line with Trust transformation programmes and the SCFT Clinical Strategy.
  • To develop key partnerships, working to ensure effective whole system working, through effective communication and networking with other disciplines and by working across professional boundaries.

About us

Our Podiatry service has excellent opportunities for you to put your acquired skills or experience into practice and join Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. This is your opportunity to become part of one of our largest teams who are working together to use and develop a wide range of skills and knowledge to support our patients holistically.

We have:
  • Positive 2022 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 good rates of pay
  • Flexible working options, including job sharing, 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

Our service provides expert Podiatric care to patients who are at moderate or high risk of developing complications and those with active ulceration. These patients are often complex and your excellent clinical skills will be put to good use to supporting their care, enabling them to remain in their homes without the need for acute or emergency admission and helping them to remain mobile and active.

Key Responsibilities:

- To retain own clinical competency to carry out assessment, treatment, rehab interventions and to contribute to timely discharge where appropriate, particularly for highly complex patients.

- To use advanced knowledge, skills and expertise to facilitate and drive future service development.

- To work with Professional Leads to ensure delivery of evidenced based clinical practice.

- To facilitate the delivery of a robust clinical supervision structure is in place in line with Trust policy.

- To ensure all staff work to appropriate competency frameworks and manage performance of individuals through the appraisal and supervision process.

- To work collaboratively with other leads to facilitate effective operational management of allocated services.

- To ensure the service functions within financial constraints through collaborative working with the budget holders, and to contribute to the annual business planning process.

- To ensure effective delegation as per Trust guidelines and to support the implementation of new clinical initiatives.

- To manage own caseload of complex and routine cases within defined clinical area.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification such as a degree or equivalent in podiatry
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a podiatrist
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate courses/ CPD and reflective practice relevant to clinical speciality
  • Evidence of a range of clinical competencies appropriate for the role
  • Evidence of leadership education/ development or a willingness to undertake this.


  • Post Registration qualification or training to Masters level or equivalent and experience



  • Significant postgraduate experience
  • Expert clinician and able to demonstrate credibility
  • Relevant managerial experience
  • Significant experience of supervision provision
  • Significant experience of working in the clinical setting
  • Significant experience providing clinical leadership to a team
  • Experience of managing a multi-professional team/ collaborative working
  • Experience of delivering quality improvement and productivity
  • Evidence of active participation in audit and clinically relevant research

Skillls & Knowledge


  • Demonstrate expertise within clinical area underpinned by theory and significant experience
  • Use of advanced reasoning and assessment skills demonstrated in knowledge and experience shown in a wide range of approaches to treatments, management of conditions and situations
  • Demonstrates excellent leadership and ability to empower others in practice/ delegate to others
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, risk management and clinical audit
  • IT skills, with the ability to use a number of databases, excel, word and internet
  • Excellent written communication skills with an ability to negotiate and manage conflict
  • Current knowledge of local and national policies informing health and social care
  • Demonstrates leadership in practice/ Demonstrates an ability to apply research to practice
  • Demonstrates competency in a range of clinical skills
  • Demonstrates an ability to identify and manage difficult situations and act appropriately to obtain support
  • Identifies difficulties as challenges and works with others to identify solutions
  • Use of advanced clinical reasoning demonstrated in knowledge and experience shown in a wide range of approaches to treatments and management of conditions

Other Requirements


  • Ability to travel - has driving licence and car available for work purposes.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Crawley/Horsham/Brighton General Hospital

Elm Grove



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