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Apprentice Podiatrist

Employer
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Huntingdon
Salary
Depending on experience £19,760.40 - £24,700.50, see advert for further detail.
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 5
Hours
Full Time
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Podiatry Service have an exciting opportunity for a podiatry apprentice to join our innovative and supportive podiatry team. The Podiatry Apprenticeship programme is a fully funded route towards qualification as a HCPC registered Podiatrist.

Podiatrists are registered healthcare professionals specialising in the lower limb (feet, ankles, legs), providing high quality clinical care to people of all ages. A Podiatrist's job is to work to protect people's feet, providing preventative advice, care, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of problems affecting the lower limb.

A word from our current apprentice Podiatrist when asked about the experience so far:

' I came to CPFT with long-standing personal and professional healthcare experience, seeking a new challenge. It has come as a nice surprise to be challenged daily by the broad spectrum of job roles within podiatry. So far, I have come across diabetes, tissue viability, musculoskeletal input, the various reasons orthotics might be used - and how to make them. It's certainly not boring! The team, to a person are all amazing - friendly and helpful.'

The apprenticeship is ideal for applicants who wish to start a career in healthcare, existing healthcare professionals looking to find a new profession or looking to develop into a registered professional role.

Base location for these roles will be East Cambs & Fenland, Huntingdon or Cambridge

Main duties of the job

What's involved?

The apprenticeship is a four-year programme of work-based learning that is directly related to the apprenticeship standard. In addition, the apprenticeship has a mandatory 40% off-the-job learning. The University-based Honours degree study is also linked to the Apprenticeship Standard. It is scheduled to commence in September 2024.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Programme content

The academic part of the training will be provided by the University Of East London (UEL) over the 4 year period. Apprentices will study in three 16-week terms each year, spending 60% of the week working for CPFT throughout. 1 day per week will be spent at the University for theory learning, with an additional 4 6 hours of protected learning time in the workplace built into your working week. Within CPFT we usually give a full working day for this dedicated protected learning.

The following modules will be covered across your learning with the University:
  • Professional Practice and mental health
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Podiatric Practice , pathology , pharmacology
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) assessment and management
  • Clinical reasoning and research methods

Throughout your apprenticeship key competencies and skills will be review periodically in assessed placements/ practice-based learning. These periods may be within the department or in alternative healthcare providers to ensure the following key areas of practice can be assessed:
  • Patients with problems related to endocrine & rheumatological function
  • Patients with problems related to musculoskeletal function and sporting activities
  • Patients with problems related to neurological function
  • Patients with problems related to dermatological function
  • Patients requiring nail surgery
  • Patients located in a variety of healthcare and community settings.

Throughout the course you will develop competencies in the aforementioned areas, this will enable an expanding job description and associated salary increases as time passes. On completion of the course the applicant will be a qualified Podiatrist and able to apply for permanent Podiatry positions, subject to availability.

Eligibility

You will be able to demonstrate how you will be able to use the experiences you are bringing to become a Podiatrist. Understanding of the scope of the role of the Podiatrist and Podiatry assistant in context of the team and the organisation, and how the role may contribute to service development. You will treat people with dignity, respecting individual's diversity, beliefs, culture, needs, values, privacy and preferences. You will show respect and empathy for those you work with, have the courage to challenge areas of concern and work to evidence based best practice. You will also be adaptable, reflective, reliable and consistent, show discretion, resilience, self-awareness and demonstrate leadership.

In addition, you must be able to meet the following criteria:
  • Grade C in GCSE English and Maths or functional skills level 2 (equivalent to GCSE C)
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate evidence of recent academic achievement within the last 5 years, such that they may be deemed capable of study at degree level.
  • Able to evidence the ability to study at a Higher Education level
  • Right of abode in the UK meeting University admission

In addition to one of the following:
  • Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 3 in Care or equivalent in terms of both academic attainment and previous care experience
  • Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at level 3 All distinctions including Biology or Chemistry
  • 120 UCAS points / A Levels with a science background

*DVLA have a number of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications

Essential

  • Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate evidence of recent academic achievement (within the last 5 years) such that they may be deemed capable of study at degree level.


Desirable

  • Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 3 in Care or equivalent in terms of both academic attainment and previous care experience.
  • Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at level 3 - All distinctions including Biology or Chemistry.
  • 120 UCAS points / A Levels with a science background.


Experience

Desirable

  • Previous experience working within a health / care setting.


Knowledge / Skills

Essential

  • Able to convey tasks and actions to colleagues and service users.
  • Ability to assist patients to achieve safe working environments for treatments to be carried out.
  • Ability to perform treatments in a variety of settings such as clinics, residential homes, patients own homes and nursing care sites.
  • Ability to drive, access to own transporting equipment needed for patient care education sessions in and out of a car.
  • Fine motor dexterity which will become advanced throughout the apprenticeship to enable use of fine instruments in podiatry treatment.
  • Sufficient keyboard skills for data input, letter writing and internet and email use.
  • Ability to use patient information systems to input data and clinical treatment.
  • Ability to plan, organise and co-ordinate work under own initiative, be flexible and prioritise competing demands for attention to provide best care available to patients in case which may involve changing plans where necessary.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, confident and articulate.


Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with professionals and non-professional colleagues and clients.
  • Ability to hear distressing news from patients when discussing treatment plans and during consultations when patients share their life experiences.
  • Ability to empathise and sympathise with a diverse range of people remaining professional at all times.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player under appropriate supervision, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


Other

Essential

  • Insight into how to reflect and evaluate own strengths and development needs, seeking advice where appropriate.
  • Ability to develop skills needed to provide direct patient care, with frequent exposure to highlight unpleasant working conditions (ulcer debridement, tissue breakdown and bodily fluids, dusts and adhesives).


Desirable

  • Understanding of the scope of the role of the Podiatrist and Podiatry assistant in context of the team and organisation, and how the role may contribute to service development.


Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Oak Tree Centre

Huntingdon

PE29 7HN

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310-OPAC-6402713

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