Specialist High Risk Podiatrist

Location: Wandsworth Office

Contract Type: Full Time, Permanent

Salary: Salary starting from £34,170- £44,880 (dependent on experience)

Specific Hours: 40

Specialist High Risk Podiatrist

Accountable to:     High Risk Lead

Reports to:              Operations Manager

Responsible for:    Provision of podiatric duties

 

Key working relationships: To develop and maintain close working relationships with podiatry colleagues, referring clinicians and the wider multi disciplinary team involved in a patients’ care as appropriate.

 

Role of the Department:  To provide a high-quality responsive service to the population served by Healthshare Wandsworth.

 

Job Summary: To work as an integral member of the podiatry team to deliver quality programs of podiatric care to patients who have an assessed need.

To commit to the philosophy of care with emphasis on patient empowerment & independence

Provide treatment at a variety of sites including a patient’s home, clinics, hospitals & elsewhere often working in isolation. Working as part of a MDT and acting as a source of advice to patients, carers, GP’s & other Health Care Professionals.

To be responsible for the day to day operational management of a specific clinic location, working as a lone practitioner in some cases.

Vision & Values:

The postholder is expected to have a clear understanding of how this post contributes to the achievement of the organisation’s vision of:

To be the best independent Community Healthcare Organisation in the UK that is trusted by patients, chosen by policy-makers and regarded with pride by all our team.

Healthshare is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expects that all staff will share in this commitment. The organisation is clear that all staff have a responsibility to be aware of children and adult safeguarding policies and procedures and that each member of staff, clinical and non-clinical, will complete child or adult safeguarding training that is provided at an appropriate level to suit their role. The organisation has the additional expectation that all staff will be able to identify concerns and know what action to take.

Main Duties/Key Results Areas: 

Clinical duties

  • To be legally and professionally accountable for all aspect of own work, including the management of patients in your care.
  • To assess, diagnose, treat and mange a caseload of patients, in line with the podiatry service criteria.
  • Apply effective assessment and diagnostic criteria to formulate agreed treatment plans, implementation and evaluation of podiatric care to a variety of patients with a wide range of clinical needs including: high risk diabetes, chronic disease (chronic neuropathies, rheumatoid arthritis, vascular problems), ulcer / would management, people with acquired or congenital disabilities and those that present with challenging behaviours. Where appropriate, referral to specialist practitioners, other health care professionals or discharge.
  • Undertake diagnostic procedures using appropriate equipment e.g. doppler ultrasound, wound swabs, effectively interpreting, recording and reporting the results.
  • To maintain high professional standards and code of conduct according to departmental and HCPC guidelines.
  • To undertake basic biomechanical assessments in order to prescribe and dispense orthoses.
  • Too undertake surgical intervention using local anaesthesia for complex nail pathologies.
  • Undertake health promotion activities to groups / individuals / clients and other professionals as appropriate.
  • To be proficient in the use of information technologies including video consultations with clients and for in-service training.
  • To communicate effectively with all clients and relatives regarding the appointment / procedural systems and relevant healthcare advice, e.g. home treatment plans, exercise regimes.
  • Adhere to all service statements within the Podiatry Operational Guidelines and joint working practices and protocols of the team.
  • To maintain accurate electronic clinical records and to understand the documentation process.
  • The post holder will be required to work in a poor environment. It is the responsibility of the podiatrist to highlight any health and safety issues and to undertake a risk assessment to minimise / reduce risks.

Professional

  • To work as an autonomous clinician working within professional and organisational guidelines. Monitoring emails and tasks on a daily basis and responding in a timely manner.
  • To keep up to date with clinical and professional developments.
  • To participate in the departments Clinical Governance initiatives and developments, including research and audit.
  • To undertake, demonstrate and log continued professional development.
  • To ensure all clients receive the appropriate quality of care at all time whilst observing the policies and procedures of the organisation.
  • Contribute to departmental development, participating in staff meetings and professional working groups and being a role model for junior staff.
  • To participate in individual performance review, one to one meetings and clinical supervision.
  • To complete the organisation’s mandatory training in accordance with the mandatory training policy.
  • To have responsibility for the Health, Safety and Welfare of self and others and to comply at all times with the requirement of the Health and Safety Regulations.
  • To ensure confidentiality at all times, only releasing confidential information obtained during the course of employment to those acting in an official capacity in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act and its amendments.
  • To work in accordance with the Organisation’s Equality and Diversity policy to eliminate unlawful discrimination in relation to employment and service delivery.
  • To promote at all times equal opportunities for staff and patients in accordance with the Organisation’s policies to ensure that no person receives less favourable treatment than another on the grounds of: age; disability; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race (ethnicity); religion or belief; sex (gender); gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
  • To ensure skills are up-to-date and relevant to the role, to follow relevant Organisation policies and professional codes and to maintain registration where this is a requirement of the role.
  • To comply with the Organisation’s No Smoking Policies.
  • To undertake such duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the grade and the needs of the service.
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