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Highly Specialist Podiatrist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
Cardiff and Vale Podiatry Services are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic and adaptable individual who is passionate about providing clinical excellence. This friendly busy department consists of approximately 60 staff and provides services across Cardiff and the Vale from multiple sites including community clinics, hospitals and patients own homes.

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales hosting national and international events, where people are proud of where they live. Cardiff ranks highly for quality of life for cities in Europe, boasting a vibrant and cosmopolitan lifestyle with a growing population.

The post is amenable to part time or full time working. The Podiatry Service offers a comprehensive rotational scheme, for both entry level and experienced staff. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to gain a wide variety of experience working in an innovative and award-winning service.

Main duties of the job

This will be a great opportunity to develop in your career in a supportive environment working with expert clinicians. You will need strong communication skills and the ability to work well within the multidisciplinary team to deliver safe and effective services to patients. The post holder will need to have excellent diagnostic and clinical skills to deliver a range of high quality Podiatry treatments including complex musculoskeletal and biomechanical interventions and wound care across community and acute services.

The post holder will be working closely with other community healthcare workers and provider agencies within a variety of care settings including community clinics, domiciliary work and care homes and contributes to the development of podiatry. The successful applicant will be responsible for leadership of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Portfolio, maintaining a complex clinical caseload.

This post is fixed term/secondment for 12 months to meet the needs of the service.

If you are interested in applying for the secondment position, you must obtain permission from your current line manager prior to applying for this post.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 17,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving over 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services. Together we are committed to improving health outcomes for everyone, delivering excellent care and support.

Our mission is Living Well, Caring Well, Working Together, and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. Our 10-year transformation and improvement strategy, Shaping Our Future Wellbeing, is our chance to work collaboratively with the public and our workforce to make our health board more sustainable for the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

In addition to the Job description this role will be responsible for leadership of the Wellbeing of Future Generations portfolio:

To advise and assist the Senior Podiatry Leadership Team (SPLT) in planning, developing and evaluating the service, regarding current legislation and local and National policies in health prevention within podiatric practice and the wellbeing of future generations act. Embrace and implement long-lasting, positive change to Podiatry Services with emphasis on integration, involvement, long-term, collaboration and prevention.

Explore advancement in practice/literature with a view to trial and adopt within service where appropriate. To ensure service improvement methodology is central when developing new service delivery. To co-ordinate and lead the implementation of patient centred care in line with Prudent Healthcare principles. To work with SPLT and Research & Development lead to develop outcome measures to support value-based delivery of care/health gain.

To lead on education strategies in delivering education to improve patients health literacy and activation to self-care, improving health and wellbeing. To advise on communication delivery of information to support Co-production with patients and to stop dependency. Liaise with other Healthcare Professionals, 3rd sector and others as required to support self-management and care closer to home. To reduce /prevent the need for podiatry care by stopping problems happening in the first place, in both the short and long term.

Develop improvement strategies with the versatility to offer innovation and improvement to the portfolio area. To co-ordinate and lead the implementation of value based healthcare to deliver prudent, effective and efficient patient centred care, with service wide contribution through PADR. Liaise with Education lead to ensure undergraduate involvement in service evaluation and audit where appropriate.

To act as a resource to support, mentor and develop Podiatrists and other members of the health team and provide in-service education in areas relevant to health prevention. To mentor lower grade clinicians, undertaking clinical supervision, 1:1 support and values-based appraisals for allocated staff.

Person Specification



  • Professional registration with HCPC as a Podiatrist with a BSc in Podiatric Medicine or equivalent Diploma in Podiatric Medicine and the ability to gain appropriate registered qualification for the supply and administration of prescriptions only medicines (POMS) within an agreed timescale.
  • Postgraduate study to masters level within the specialism or equivalent
  • Local anaesthetic certificate
  • Basic Life Support
  • Non medical referrer


  • Post graduate teaching certificate
  • MSC in relevant specialist area
  • Clinical leadership Qualification
  • Developing Quality Improvement Skills
  • Independent prescribing



  • Demonstrate a high level of post graduate specialist knowledge in the following areas for both adults and paediatrics: - Musculoskeletal disorders and interventions - Orthotic/appliance intervention - Dermatological, neurological and vascular disorders, tissue viability and minor surgery.
  • Significant NHS clinical podiatry post graduate experience or equivalent
  • Evidence of continued professional development in specialist field and with a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of assessing and treating High risk Patients particularly Diabetics, vascular insufficiency, wound management, terminally ill ,mental health problems or learning disabilities
  • Experience in managing and explaining difficult prognosis
  • Experience of treating patients in clinics, acute and outreach settings
  • Experience in manufacture of orthotics and prescription writing
  • Experience in supervision coaching and delegation


  • PARIS/Information systems
  • Welsh Speaker
  • Experience of producing reports, RCA's and SBAR's
  • Understanding of service improvement methodologies
  • Undertaking MECC



  • Experience in undertaking advanced lower limb risk classification
  • Ability to undertake specialist diagnostic assessments including Gait analysis
  • Good interpersonal skills to work well as part of the team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of the general public and health care professionals
  • Advanced IT skills -


  • Experience of undertaking investigations for concerns and incidents

Special knowledge


  • Understanding of the podiatry professions clinical processes, procedures and agenda
  • Current knowledge of NHS policies and strategies relevant to the post
  • Understanding of the requirements of Patient safety, quality and Clinical Governance
  • Knowledge of Health and safety, COSHH regulations
  • Up to date knowledge of wound healing and dressings relevant to scope of practice
  • Use of Force plate for gait analysis and pressure point identification and offloading
  • Use of specialist equipment relevant to this specialism Specialist knowledge of a range of surgical techniques
  • Ability to actively encourage and promote defined organisational objectives.


  • Academic theories of communication/health promotion/education
  • Member of special interest group
  • Understanding of diversity issues

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work flexibly and multi-task to meet the needs of the service
  • Can work alone or as part of a team
  • Ability to cope with a large and unpredictable workload
  • Self-confident
  • Excellent Organisational skills
  • Able to make independent reasoned clinical decisions Enthusiastic and self-motivated


  • Exploration around personal mastery
  • Places patient and service needs before own



  • Fit for job role
  • Mobile/timely access to transport to meet the travel requirements of the role
  • Problem solving and thinking 'outside the box'

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Cardiff Royal Infirmary


CF24 0JT

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