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Band 5 Podiatrist

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated podiatrist with a 'can do' attitude to work with the Gateshead Podiatry Team.

The successful applicant will work within Gateshead, providing podiatric care to patients in a variety of settings including community clinics, care homes and on a domiciliary basis. A full, clean driving license is essential, and must have access to your own vehicle and be able to travel and work independently. We welcome newly qualified graduates to the team, who will be supported in post by an assigned mentor.

This Band 5 post may also encompass aspects such as lone working, diabetes foot care, wound care, nail surgery, chairside biomechanics and orthoses manufacture. Applicants will need to be competent autonomous practitioners to meet the current caseload demands.

Please see the job description for the definitive qualifications, knowledge and skills required for this post.

Anyone applying for a position which involves a regulated activity will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and that the disclosure will, where appropriate to the role, include information against the Independent Safeguarding Authority barred lists for working with children or working with adults or both.

Main duties of the job

To provide routine podiatry care to a diverse range of patients within Gateshead Community.

To assess and review patients appropriately and develop and adjust care packages relevant to patient's needs.

To provide diabetic care including the identification of diabetic risk factors, undertaking annual diabetic risk classification and the categorisation of patients into the appropriate risk banding.

To manage patients presenting with chronic disease (e.g. rheumatological conditions), auto immune conditions (E.g. HIV, AIDS), to manage patients presenting with high risk infectious diseases (e.g. MRSA, Hepatitis).

To potentially manage patients presenting with vascular problems and wound management / tissue viability issues who present in lower risk clinics.

To undertake nail surgery assessments and treatment as appropriate.

To manufacture and provide simple insoles, orthoses and chairside appliances.

To be responsible for the assessment of all patients with subsequent production of individual care packages and provision of the appropriate footcare education advice.

To maintain Registration with Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) and to work within the HCPC Code of Conduct, Clinical governance policies and procedures and adhere to the Patient's Charter.

About us

Based in the North East of England we provide a range of hospital and community health services from our leading facilities, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blaydon urgent care centre and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead.

Established in 2005, we were one of the first foundation trusts in the country and since then have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for patients.

We now employ around 4,800 staff and currently provide 444 hospital beds across the Gateshead region.

Our values should be the 'golden thread' which runs through everything we do - they are the core of who we are. Our five values can easily be remembered by the simple acronymICORE Innovation, Care, Openness, Respect, Engagement.

We have a number of staff networks including the BAME network, D-Ability network, LGBTQ+ Network and the Women's Network, to challenge us and help us to constantly improve. Our armed forces network is one of our emerging networks.

The health and wellbeing of our staff is one of our highest priorities, and we offer a range of support and initiatives as part of our 'Balance' programme to cater for our diverse workforce, so that your individual needs can be supported, allowing you a happy and healthy working experience with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post will be based in the podiatry service with a nominal base at Bensham Hospital within Gateshead. The team consists of a team lead, podiatrists of varying bands and podiatry assistants.

Whilst this post is part of a larger multi-professional team care will be provided in a range of primary and secondary care settings, some of which may involve working single-handed and may be in isolation, after risk stratification.

Examples of environments are:
  • Health Centre / Community Clinics
  • GP Practice Clinics
  • Patients Homes
  • Hospital Clinics
  • In Patient Care
  • Care Homes for the Elderly within Gateshead
  • Homes for those with Mental Health issues / Learning Difficulties
  • To be the responsible for the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of Podiatric care to a wide variety and sometimes at risk patients with a wide range of clinical needs, and delegate to other members of the team as appropriate.
  • To assess a caseload, creating care plans which ensure a holistic approach, engaging with the wider team to provide clinically effective care, using evidence-based practice and recognised referral pathways to achieve positive patient outcomes
  • Work as an autonomous practitioner, clinically, professionally and practically.
  • To assist in student placements, acting as a Clinical Educator where appropriate.
  • To ensure all professional standards and codes of conduct are adhered to.
  • Continually develop own clinical expertise, knowledge and clinical skills to enhance effective care and support.
  • Identifies risk and develops mitigation to minimize risk, and reports appropriately.

Provides and receives complex, sensitive information.

To communicate complex information with patients, colleagues, administrative staff, clinical clerks, district nurses, practice nurses, GPs, GP receptionists, Newcastle Diabetes Centre, Social Services, Appliance Technician, secondary care specialists, Orthotists, Consultants.

To be at all times aware of the needs of the patient where difficult subjects/decisions need to be discussed requiring empathic reassurance skills, need to evidence the ability to be persuasive but sensitive to the needs of the patient and situation.

To provide foot health advice in a simple, systematic presentation to maximize patient understanding and concordance.

To communicate effectively with patients and carers so as to obtain medical history, to provide an understanding of the condition and treatment options, and to obtain consent.

To liaise effectively with Consultants, GPs and other health care professionals to manage patients requiring the intervention of other professional and specialists, and to work with them to provide care in a multi-disciplinary way.

To maintain confidentiality of all information relating to staff and patients gained through their role

To demonstrate effective communication with colleagues.

Recognising and responding to issues, providing information, feedback and professional advice as required.

Works in situations where there may be barriers to understanding.

To demonstrate highly developed skills of reasoning and persuasion when communicating with patients, relatives and carers where there may be barriers to understanding. It requires considerable negotiation, persuasive skills and empathy to manage patients and their families, e.g. elderly and confused, hearing impaired, learning difficulties, mental health problems, where there is fear or pain and for people who have English as their second language and require an interpreter.

Experience of working in the NHS would be desirable, but full training and mentorship will be provided to new graduates / those new to the NHS.

Experience of using EMIS electronic patient record system would be beneficial.

Person Specification

Qualifications / Skills


  • BSc Podiatry
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD and professional development (or newly qualified)
  • Recent relevant experience of working with a wide range of patients inc high risk
  • Experience of Dom Work
  • HCPC registered


  • Use of EMIS record system
  • NHS / Community NHS experience
  • IT skills / qualification
  • MDT experience

Car driver


  • Car driver

Employer details

Employer name

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bensham Hospital

Fontwell Drive



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