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Highly Specialist Musculoskeletal Podiatrist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is a specialist clinical post, working with other health professionals across Greenwich so that the Adults MSK Service may provide seamless musculoskeletal treatment plans across primary & secondary care.

The post holder will assess and treat patients referred with complaints of the lower limb within specialist community clinics.

The role will interface with physiotherapy colleagues in the management of patients. Access to modalities such as shockwave therapy, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound as well as prescription and creation of in shoe orthotics will be central to this role.
Key Task and Responsibilities
- To provide specialist MSK podiatry treatment to clients within the Greenwich community, through application of research & evidence-based care.

- To provide a Podiatry within the Adults MSK service to clients within the Greenwich community, through application of a curative Philosophy of Care.

- To work within primary, secondary and community care teams to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to improvement of foot pathology.

This post does involve Saturday working as part of the team weekend rota. This is currently about 1 in 6 Saturdays for which time in lieu in the week is given

Main duties of the job

Key Task and Responsibilities

To provide specialist MSK podiatry treatment to clients within the Greenwich community, through application of research & evidence-based care. This will be delivered in specialist clinics throughout the borough.

Assessment and treatment of patients referred for lower limb complaints, primarily of the foot and ankle.

This will from time to time involve referral for imaging or other diagnostics.

The post holder will also be involved in student and junior staff education as part of the rotational scheme within the trust .

There is a requirement to contribute to the team training rota.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Management responsibilities

- To maintain all areas of the working environment in a clean and tidy condition, meeting minimum department standards at all times.

- To undertake clerical duties as and when required which will include appointment making, ordering of drugs, dressings, and stationary items. To maintain adequate levels of stock and pharmaceutical supplies in the clinics at all times.

- To provide statistics as and when required, and participate in providing monthly returns on time, such as expenses & mileage payments.

- To establish and maintain up-to-date clinical records to a high standard, as well as other necessary records, i.e., mileage, discharges etc.

- The post-holder will not have any budgetary responsibilities however will be responsible for ordering drugs, dressings, and stationary items.

- To have responsibility for the Health and Safety and welfare of self and others in the working environment, to follow safe practices and to comply at all times with the Trusts Health and Safety policies and procedures.
- To comply with all applicable policies of the Trust and department.

- To keep up to date with developments in the Podiatry profession and meet all of the standards of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the Health Professions Council.

- To participate in multi-professional clinical supervision in line with the Trusts Clinical Supervision Policy.

- To participate in individual performance review and be committed to your own professional and personal development, as well as development of Podiatry Services.
- To provide assessment and MSK podiatry treatment to clients in community clinics.

- To provide advanced neurological & biomechanical assessment of foot function to isolate the cause of the pathology so that pathways of care can be followed by the team responsible for individual patient care.

- To undertake advanced gait assessment using an in-shoe force plate system and interpret/analyse the technical results/readings.

- To work within both the Adults MSK service within the 1st line management service as required.

- To work as an autonomous practitioner, developing & agreeing treatment plans individually with clients. Support from senior staff is provided.

- To develop treatment plans and discharge plans through an agreed contract with each client, and to follow through the treatment plan with an end result of improved foot pathology & discharge where appropriate.

- To assess all clients at every visit and refer to specialist services as appropriate.

- To prescribe, and manufacture, orthoses/insoles/appliances/and shoe adaptations when required using the laboratory equipment.

- To prescribe, manufacture and fit chairside biomechanical and functional devices when clinically indicated.

- To be responsible for protection of health and wellbeing of all clients. Alert others to concerns where protection may be required for both children and vulnerable adults.

- To appropriately refer clients to specialist teams within the department whenever needed (for nail surgery, electrosurgery, orthopaedic surgery biomechanical assessment etc.) and appropriately refer clients within primary care, Community or Acute for investigation, diagnosis, or treatment.

- Dealing sensitively and appropriately with a client caseload with complex health needs, assisting individuals to manage their health needs effectively.

- To work within primary, secondary and community care teams to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to improvement of foot pathology.

- Always aiming to achieve with each client maximum independence through self-care and effective client management.
- To participate in clinical audit & research projects within the Trust as required by the Head of Integrated Community Teams.

- To undertake other duties within the grade under the direction of the Advanced Podiatrist.


- To liaise with support staff and other professionals within the Trust and statutory bodies/allied agencies in order to promote effective, patient-centred inter-agency working.

- To regularly provide written reports & feedback on patient progress to other health professionals.

- To attend and participate in staff meetings & Clinical Team Reviews.

- To promote health education with individuals and groups wherever necessary and assist in the development of department literature.

- To promote the positive Philosophy of Care of the service at all times, explaining this to clients, carers, relatives, and other Health Professionals.

- To work with clients with learning disabilities, as well as clients with challenging & difficult behaviour.

- To present yourself in a professional manner to clients and the public and other work colleagues at all times.

Person Specification

experience of MSK podiatry


  • year of MSK pod experience

team work


  • worked as part of team in past

self development


  • evidences self development and motivation for MSK role

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


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