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Specialist Community Podiatrist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an established Podiatrist to join the Community Podiatry Team based in Dorchester, with the need to travel to other locations within West Dorset. Being a driver is essential for this post.

As the Senior Podiatrist you will cover a range of podiatry services. Our work focuses on routine and ulcer care for the patients with high-risk feet including patients with diabetes, rheumatoid conditions and other complex health backgrounds.You will have excellent communication, organisational, interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for improving patient care. The ability to liaise effectively with patients, other podiatry colleagues and the wider members of the healthcare team such GPs, district nurses, MDTs to ensure timely delivery of care and treatment will be important.

In return we offer a fantastic induction programme and pastoral support, and there are excellent learning and development opportunities, including an in-house programme of CPD, study days and clinical rotations, as well as regular clinical supervision, team meetings and 1:1s.

The Senior Community Podiatry role is a full-time position. We would be flexible and welcome part time applications with a minimum of 22.5 hours. This can be discussed further at interview.We do try to consider where people live and keep travelling to a minimum to accommodate a positive work life balance.

For any queries, please tel : 07780 537246

Main duties of the job

You will work alongside our hospital diabetic foot care services and community podiatry services

The post holder will be responsible for:

The assessment, diagnosing, planning and implementation of high-risk podiatric care, including ulcer management, for patients with a wide range of clinical needs.

Providing education and health promotion .

Providing a high-quality person-centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy, and dignity.

Providing specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients/service users.

Providing supervision, mentorship, training and clinical support to students, apprentices and trained practitioners.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

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.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

If you are interested in moving to Dorset, we also offer a generousrelocationpackage of up to �10,000. For further details onrelocationexpenses please email .

Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash!

Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If the person you refer is appointed by the Trust and completes their probationary period, you will receive �500 reward payment for the introduction! Please contact the recruitment team if you require further info!

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Attendance of biomechanics specific training

Job specific experience


  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of specialist working

Knowledge, skills and training


  • Liaison with Diabetes Services

Job specific experience


  • Experience of managing change
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of specialism
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role

Managerial/Supervisory experience


  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
  • Experience of devising and delivering training
  • Evidence of dealing with complaints

Information technology/resources


  • Able to analyse data and produce reports using Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems

Personal qualities/attributes


  • Evidence of demonstrating the Trust's values and behaviours
  • Evidence of communication in a variety of formats with different health professionals
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities and the ability to perform as a role model
  • Ability to use own initiative within sphere of authority
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities
  • Able to overcome barriers to understanding where there are physical or mental disabilities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relevant to practice

Additional requirements


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to a standard which enables the post holder to carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities of the role effectively

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Podiatry Department




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