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Specialist Podiatrist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Development of staff is one of our key priorities, recognising the importance of a happy workforce, providing both group and individual supervision and support to all. The department is currently supporting new career pathways with band 5 apprenticeships and internal preceptorship posts for band 5, 5/6 and 6/7.

Work life balance and staff wellbeing are key priorities for the department. We want staff to enjoy their time at work but recognising there are often other competing priorities outside of work. Having the option to be part of the NHS pension scheme is a real bonus. The Trust also provides access to Thrive offering emotional and mental health support to staff.

In terms of staff, we have an excellent skill mix of staff including both clinical and support workers that deliver foot care. All roles are valued and are seen as equally important, and all play a part in our excellent quality care provision for our patients.

The service has already well-defined clinical pathways and relationships, working in partnership with our Vascular, Diabetes and Primary care colleagues. Recognising the real importance of relationships in providing seamless care.

Come and meet the team and see if we are right for you, by contacting Mary Spearman Podiatry Service Manager 07931545105 or by email

Main duties of the job

South Tyneside and Sunderland Podiatry Service provides patient centred care through providing integrated, seamless care delivery across both acute and primary care settings. The service offer to our patients is provided through our Acute and Community teams offering inpatient, outpatients, community clinics including biomechanics, nail surgery, domiciliary care and annual foot screening for the diabetic patient.

We need candidates with experience in managing a high-risk caseload including the skills and knowledge basis in the management of the high risk Diabetic foot.

The post provides excellent leadership qualities, supporting the development of band 3, 4 and 5s and supporting students placements.

We need candidates to demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills and can operate effectively on their own and within a team.

The post operates Monday Friday normally working hours are 8.30am 4.30pm. However, will support flexible working arrangements, including part time, evening, and weekend working.

The Trust has an onsite gym and has a Training and Education Centre.

We operate a No Smoking Policy and promotes Equal Opportunities.

Please contact Nicola Milburn Deputy Podiatry Manager to arrange a visit to the department or discuss this role by email or by ringing on 01915656256 ex 42638.

Key requirements:

Good organisational skills

Flexibility / Adaptability

Good communication skills

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be able to operate as an independent and autonomous practitioner in the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, treatment and evaluation of individualised and specialist care packages for patients with a wide variety of clinical needs. This is including the provision of palliative care to the elderly and specialist care for at risk patients with chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Peripheral Vascular Disease. Management of patients presenting with high risk clinical needs, include chronic neuropathy, vascular ulceration, wound tissue viability, biomechanical/musculoskeletal problems and including the provision of prescription orthosis/insoles and nail surgery


Person Specification



  • Reflective practice and portfolio of learning of Podiatric Degree and
  • experience on completion of the degree.
  • Substantial experience in managing high-risk patients assessment , care
  • planning including wound management and escalating patients when
  • required.
  • Must be able to demonstrate with evidence having worked in both a team and
  • in isolation managing a caseload of at risk patients.
  • Confident and competent in wound management



  • Registration to HCPC.
  • BSc (Hons) Podiatric Medicine (essential) or equivalent
  • Local Analgesia Certificate (essential). This is part of the actual podiatry
  • degree programme
  • Completion of a form of competency programme including nail surgery,
  • wound care and biomechanics
  • Evidence of a portfolio to demonstrate the above
  • Clinical educator or will complete in the first year of employment.


  • Cert Ed/Teaching
  • Certificate (desirable).

Skills and Knowledge


  • Good communication skills are essential:
  • You will be required to ask patients questions about their health as part of the assessment process.
  • You will be required to provide health education as part of this role- giving patients information about their foot and overall health. You must have the ability to tailor information to the individual patient and their level of understanding.
  • You will be required to communicate effectively with other members of the podiatry team and other health care professionals, e.g. make referrals nail surgery, wound care, biomechanics, liaise with the GP about the patients overall health and signpost to other services.
  • You will be required to record the assessment and treatment notes into the patient electronic record and produce GP letters
  • Ability to work in a wider team as well as using own initiate initiative
  • Good organisational skills, as you will be managing your own caseload and also expected to accept responsibility for the day-to-day running of the clinics in which you work.
  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge in the management of a
  • caseload with a high proportion of increased risk patients and be able to demonstrate referral pathways.
  • Demonstrate ability to use vascular and sensory equipment.
  • Willingness to undertake further training

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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