Podiatry

Putting Feet First: Fast Track For A Foot Attack: Reducing Amputations – Diabetes UK – February 2013

Posted on March 1, 2013. Filed under: Diabetes, Podiatry |

Putting Feet First: Fast Track For A Foot Attack: Reducing Amputations – Diabetes UK – February 2013

full text of the report: Putting Feet First: Fast Track For A Foot Attack

 “Each week in England there are around 120 amputations in people with diabetes. The majority of diabetes-related amputations are caused by a “foot attack” – a foot ulcer or infection failing to heal. When people with a foot attack get rapid access for treatment by a specialist multi-disciplinary team this has been shown to promote faster healing and fewer amputations, saving money and lives.

In October 2012 people with diabetes, vascular surgeons, podiatrists, diabetologists, commissioners, researchers and policy advisers, GPs and a health economist came together in Westminster to spend a day sharing their expertise and experience of footcare for people with diabetes. They were all in agreement that rapid access to specialist assessment and treatment for all those with a foot problem would make all the difference in achieving the goal of reducing amputations by 50 per cent over the next five years.”

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Chiropodists/podiatrists: Workforce risks and opportunities – education commissioning risks summary from 2012 – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – October 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Podiatry, Workforce | Tags: |

Chiropodists/podiatrists: Workforce risks and opportunities – education commissioning risks summary from 2012 – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – October 2012

“This report describes the key issues facing the chiropody/podiatry profession over the next three years, including:
considerations for future requirements
current and forecast supply
a summary of national trends, regional variations and any associated risks.

The aim of this work is to support local decisions on future education and training commissioning, made through consultation between the education and training commissioner and employers.”

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Footcare for People with Diabetes: The Economic Case for Change – NHS Diabetes – 7 March 2012

Posted on March 14, 2012. Filed under: Diabetes, Health Economics, Podiatry |

Footcare for People with Diabetes: The Economic Case for Change – NHS Diabetes – 7 March 2012

“A new report published today by NHS Diabetes sets out the shocking cost to both patients and the NHS of poor quality diabetic foot care. The report shows that around £650 million (or £1 in every £150 the NHS spends) is spent on foot ulcers or amputations each year. It also highlights the devastating consequences of foot problems in people with diabetes. Around 7% of people with diabetes currently have, or have had, a foot ulcer, which can lead to amputation. 50% of people who have a major amputation die within two years; many of these amputations could be avoided with the right care.

NHS Diabetes is calling on the NHS to set up specialist diabetes foot care teams as a matter of urgency. Foot care multi disciplinary teams (MDTs) can generate savings for the NHS that substantially outweigh the cost of the team. One example shows how a local hospital team costing around £33,000 a year generated savings of almost £¼ million a year for the local NHS. Most importantly MDTs have been shown to reduce amputations by up to two thirds.”

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Engagement exercises to seek views on possibilities for introducing independent prescribing responsibilities for physiotherapists and podiatrists – UK – Consultation paper – 3 September 2010

Posted on September 9, 2010. Filed under: Allied Health, Physiotherapy, Podiatry |

Engagement exercises to seek views on possibilities for introducing independent prescribing responsibilities for physiotherapists and podiatrists – UK – Consultation paper – 3 September 2010

Document type: Consultation paper
Author: Department of Health
Published date: 3 September 2010

“The Allied Health Professionals Prescribing and Medicines Supply Mechanisms Scoping Project recommended further work be undertaken to take forward independent prescribing by physiotherapists and podiatrists. The two engagement exercises are seeking views on the development of independent prescribing for physiotherapists and for podiatrists.

Depending on the outcome, and subject to agreement by Ministers, these views may then inform and assist the development of a formal public consultation led by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) proposing specific amendments to the relevant legislation.

Responses can be made online, by email or in writing and are welcomed from individuals, groups and organisations.

Closing date for responses is Friday 26 November 2010.”

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The role of Podiatry Assistants in Podiatric Practice – 3 April 2009 Australasian Podiatry Council

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Podiatry, Workforce |

The role of Podiatry Assistants in Podiatric Practice

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