Foot Health Practitioner Diploma Course
Foot Health Practitioner Diploma Course
Enrol Today to the most up to date Foot Health Practitioner Course in the UK!
Train to become a Foot Health Practitioner with Next Generation Training. We are confident that you will not find a better course practically or that is better value for money.
We are an approved training provider of the Professional Association for Foot Health Practitioners (PAFHP) and a registered training school of the Complimentary Medical Association (CMA).
You will get to train over a five day period in a modern and relaxed training environment and throughout this course you will be gradually guided with your skills and build up of experience.
You will get plenty of practice working on course colleagues before then treating members of the public where you will gain plenty of experience in treating a wide variety of foot conditions.
Recent estimates indicate there were 285 million people in the world with diabetes in the year 2009 and this is projected to increase to 438 million by 2030 (Shaw, Sicree and Zimmet, 2010). Currently 18% of the UK population is aged 65 plus, with figures expected to rise to 24.8% by 2050. This means the demand for Foot Health professionals will continue to rise!
About Foot Health Care
There is no greater satisfaction than to care for others, and our Foot Health Care Course gives you the opportunity to do just that in your own practice. The human foot is one of the most complex and neglected of body parts. Every step we take places two and a half times our body weight on the 26 bones that make up each foot, and it has been estimated that we walk 3 times around the planet in a lifetime. However, the foot is highly sensitive and like any machine part suffers wear or damage when injured or stressed beyond its capability.
Here’s where you come in. Though there may be little wrong with their feet, circumstances may prevent people looking after them; Arthritis, painful hip joints or stiff knees may put their feet out of reach or prevent use of scissors or nippers. However, others do have problems with their feet, from corns, calluses, verrucas, flat-foot and bunions to nail conditions and structural defects, many of which can be treated without surgery or medical intervention. Some just enjoy being pampered or are concerned to maintain their bodies in optimum condition.
All of these people need the help of a Foot Health Practitioner, a professional trained to deliver care and advice either in a private surgery or in the home.
Our Course not only gives you a complete grounding in foot anatomy, care and diagnosis but provides the information and support you need to establish a successful practice. Completion of the course enables you to be registered as a qualified Foot Health Practitioner via the Professional Association of Foot Health Practitioners (PAFHP) register. This qualification is provided by the PAFHP and is also accredited by the Complimentary Medical Association (CMA) of who we are a registered training provider/college.
The qualification title is ‘Foot Health Practitioner Diploma’ and is inline with the standard of a level three qualification governed by Ofqual.
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are estimated to be 116 hours. All the theory aspect of the course is completed via home study which has to be completed within 12 months of enrolment but does not have to be completed prior to attending a practical course.
Coursework and Assessment
Coursework consists of 14 manual modules covering anatomy and physiology, diabetes and clinical waste amongst many other things foot related.
There are two workbooks of questions to complete which can be answered with assistance from your training manual. You have 12 months from enrolment in which to complete your course.
During your 5 day practical training days, you will be assessed on 4 in clinic treatments on a member of the public and your practical training days prior are to get you prepared for this along with a free run before official assessment commences. It is very rare that students fail to show competency, but should a student be referred on this aspect of the course an additional training day after your course days are available on a 1-2-1 basis with your tutor.
What You Will Receive
Learners will receive the following for the course:
- Extra skills and service for your business with our Med-Pedicure training.
- Hard copy learning manual
- Course workbooks
- Post course support
- Tutor support throughout your course journey
- 5 days of practical training in a clinical environment by a qualified FHP and experienced tutor
- Free online registration and registration certification with the Professional Association for Foot Health Practitioners
- Option to join the Complimentary Medical Association
- Availability of insurance via Towergate.
- 10% discount with Canonbury Product Supplies Ltd, DLT Podiatry Supplies and TAFS Products.
Practical training consists of 5 days and you will firstly learn on a medical foot model before a real life client, where you can practise the below. In class you will get to treat course colleagues before treating in clinic patients with various foot conditions and there is a maximum of 4 students per course, therefore ensuring students get plenty of tutor attention and time.
- Nail cutting and filing
- Nail reduction with a drill and various drill burs
- Corn and callus removal with a scalpel’s, drill burs and files
You will learn how to diagnose and treat various conditions of the foot such as:
- Callus and cracked heels (fissuers)
- Ingrowing nail
- Fungal nail infection
In class you will learn and be aware of other foot problems such as:
- Heel Spurs
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Mortons Neuroma
- Hammer Toes
- Rheumatoid Artritis
You will also practically learn:
- An insight into, and how to test for fungal nail infection
- How to use and apply paddings and dressings
- How to make custom paddings and protectors with the latest technology of silicone moulding putty.
- How to give a Med-Pedicure treatment including paraffin waxing.
- How to use scalpels, corn gougers and drills including the latest top grip cylinder burr.
- Learn the various ways to remove callus with different instruments and equipment including the latest autoclavable diamond sanding caps.
- How to correctly cut nails.
- How to massage the feet.
- Give foot health advice to clients.
- Tips on setting up your foot health practise.
- The different types of instruments and their practical uses.
- How to correctly prepare instruments for sterilization.
- Learn about the importance of correct shoe sizes via a DB Shoes representative (when the sale representative is available to visit).
After working on class colleagues over the weekend days you will then work on real clinical clients on the weekdays where you will be challenged by a variety of foot conditions.
Our training clinic is a 3 minute walk from Huddersfield train station which is ideally located for anyone travelling from Manchester / Leeds the north and the south!
Please note that all students attending their practical training days will need to gain their student insurance in order to practise practically. Students will be notified of where this can be obtained prior to attending the practical course days.
Over the past 10 years or so there has been a huge trend for Foot Health professionals (Podiatrists, Chiropodists, Foot Health practitioners) to offer additional treatments in their clinics which some say are more at home in a beauty salon. However, there is no doubt that by offering your patients the treatments they want as well as the treatments they need, you will keep your patients coming back to you on more a regular basis. They will see your clinic as a place to go for all foot treatments and not just a place to go when they are in pain or have a problem. Patients who are not regulars are likely to visit more often if you are able to meet their personal needs. To look good, feel good and have pretty feet.
It’s not nice as a foot health professional (FHP) to know clients have gone elsewhere to spend money for foot treatments after you have spent so much money and time to gain a qualification. Why don’t foot professionals do the pedicure treatments
themselves? There’s not much missing from the skills of a foot professional, maybe it’s just the fact that some clinics are not set up looking as glamorous as a beauty salon? One thing clients can be guaranteed by seeing a foot professional is that you will take hygiene more seriously using autoclaves for instrument sterilisation, you know how to professionally cut nails and your foot knowledge will be greater.
The Med-Pedicure is using the medical aspect of being a FHP and incorporating a bit of beauty with the pedicure aspect. The FHP first provides the Med – the usual routine service, nail cutting and filing, callus removal and overall foot inspection, treatment and recommendation. The FHP them moves on to the Pedicure - the part of the treatment that concentrates on the overall aesthetic of how the feet look. This is the part of the treatment that provides the ‘feel good, look good’ factor that is often missing from routine foot health appointments. In the USA, it is common practise to employ a Medical Nail Technician (MNT) to provide these services. They have a specific training course for nail technicians who want to work in the medical field. The MNT works alongside the FHP to provide Medical Pedicure services rather like a Dental Hygienist works alongside a Dentist. It makes so much sense, but here in the UK many FHP’s are working alone that it’s not practical or feasible.
There are no entry requirements for this course, this course is open to anyone who is looking to start a career in foot health care.
Anyone wishing to enrol must be able to speak in fluent English, and all potential students of this course must also understand the importance of safety required as drills, scalpels and other instruments are used on the course, on course colleagues and the general public so self confidence and a mature and safe approach is required when working practically.
Upon qualification from this course some of our students have progressed onto Podiatry degree courses with Huddersfield and Salford Universities.
Podiatry Degree Progression
For a long time I have wanted to become a Podiatrist, but I wasn’t entirely sure it was for me. In August 2020 I decided to enrol with Next Generation Training for the Foot Health Practitioner (FHP) course. This course was a fantastic insight into the world of foot health. My practical training in October 2020 provided me with valuable skills such as how to treat overgrown nails, thickened nails, ingrowing nails, callus, fissures, corns and verrucae. I was lucky enough to treat all of the above on the patients in the clinic. After qualifying as a FHP and having had an increase in self belief, I decided to apply for the Podiatry course at Huddersfield University with a view to gaining employment within the NHS after graduating as my plan. The theory and skills that I have learnt through my FHP qualification has given me confidence and knowledge. Thanks to my knowledge gained, I answered all the interview questions with confidence and ease, and I’m delighted to be accepted for the Podiatry degree course which starts September 2021.
I started off as a receptionist in my mums Podiatry clinic, and this sparked my interest in the foot health industry.
I did not have the confidence in myself to commit to a three year University Podiatry course, so I looked for another ways in which I could train to be able to work with feet. This is when I found the Foot Health Practitioner (FHP) course and enrolled with Next Generation Training.
During the course I learnt so much and always felt at ease, it was a really fun, but a calm and professional working environment, which I felt helped me to excel to be my best. I feel as though the course allowed me to showcase the skills I already had, but with confidence. The confidence gained from completing my FHP qualification has helped significantly with my University Podiatry application. The process to apply with the University of Salford was smooth thanks to the FHP course as I was able to use my knowledge and experience to write a strong personal statement and perform confidently in interviews. Without having completed my FHP qualification, I may not have felt as comfortable applying, but the whole experience has proven to be a real asset to have.
I am really grateful for the training and experience gained from my FHP course as I would never have pushed myself to pursuing a University Podiatry degree if it had not been for the FHP course.
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