Overview of the role

Diagnose and treat foot, ankle and leg problems.

Details of standard

Occupation summary

Podiatrists (also known as chiropodists) are registered healthcare professionals who specialise in the lower limb (feet, ankles, legs), and provide high quality clinical care to people of all ages. A podiatrist’s job is to provide preventative advice, care, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of problems affecting the lower limb. Keeping mobile and retaining independence affects the quality of people’s lives. Podiatrists aim to reduce the impact of disability and dysfunction and support rehabilitation.

They play a pivotal part in reducing the risk of amputation, infection, pain, deformity and hospital admissions. They will undertake a range of podiatry interventions including wound care, routine skin and nail care, nail surgery, scalpel work, or care for long term conditions.

They provide musculoskeletal assessment covering force management to help maintain tissue viability together with foot and ankle pain. They instigate a treatment plan to improve or enhance movement or reduce pain. They also prescribe functional insoles for the management of foot / lower limb conditions together with gait re-education where indicated.

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Entry requirements

Typically 3 A levels, a BTEC National Extended Diploma or equivalent access qualification

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Practise safely and effectively within the scope of practice and within the legal and ethical boundaries of the profession.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12


Duty 2 Look after own health and wellbeing, seeking appropriate support where necessary.

K9 K10

S13 S14


Duty 3 Practise as an autonomous professional, exercising professional judgement.


S15 S16 S17 S18 S19 S20 S21


Duty 4 Practise in a non-discriminatory and inclusive manner recognising the impact of culture, equality and diversity.

K12 K13 K14 K15

S22 S23 S24 S25


Duty 5 Communicate effectively, maintaining confidentiality and records appropriately.

K16 K17 K18 K19 K20 K21 K22 K23

S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

Duty 6 Work appropriately with others.

K24 K25 K26 K27 K28

S37 S38 S39 S40 S41 S42 S43

B2 B3

Duty 7 Reflect on, review and assure the quality of own practice.

K29 K30 K31

S44 S45 S46 S47 S48


Duty 8 Draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice and apply the key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to the profession.

K32 K33 K34 K35 K36 K37 K38

S49 S50 S51 S52 S53 S54 S55 S56 S57 S58 S59 S60 S61 S62 S63 S64 S65


Duty 9 Establish and maintain a safe practice environment.

K39 K40 K41 K42

S66 S67 S68 S69 S70 S71

Duty 10 Promote public health and prevent ill health.

K43 K44

S72 S73



K1: The importance of continuing professional development throughout own career. Back to Duty

K2: The importance of safeguarding, signs of abuse and relevant safeguarding processes. Back to Duty

K3: What is required of them by the Health and Care Professions Council, including but not limited to the Standards of conduct, performance and ethics. Back to Duty

K4: That relationships with service users, carers and others should be based on mutual respect and trust. Back to Duty

K5: The importance of valid consent. Back to Duty

K6: The importance of capacity in the context of delivering care and treatment. Back to Duty

K7: The scope of a professional duty of care. Back to Duty

K8: Legislation, policies and guidance relevant to own profession and scope of practice. Back to Duty

K9: The importance of own mental and physical health and wellbeing strategies in maintaining fitness to practise. Back to Duty

K10: How to take appropriate action if own health may affect own ability to practise safely and effectively, including seeking help and support when necessary. Back to Duty

K11: The need for active participation in training, supervision and mentoring in supporting high standards of practice, and personal and professional conduct, and the importance of demonstrating this in practice. Back to Duty

K12: Equality legislation and how to apply it to own practice. Back to Duty

K13: The duty to make reasonable adjustments in practice. Back to Duty

K14: The characteristics and consequences of barriers to inclusion, including for socially isolated groups. Back to Duty

K15: That regard to equality, diversity and inclusion needs to be embedded in the application of all HCPC standards and across all areas of practice. Back to Duty

K16: When disclosure of confidential information may be required. Back to Duty

K17: The principles of information and data governance and be aware of the safe and effective use of health, social care and other relevant information. Back to Duty

K18: The need to ensure confidentiality is maintained in all situations in which service users rely on additional communication support, such as interpreters or translators. Back to Duty

K19: That the concepts of confidentiality and informed consent extend to all mediums, including illustrative clinical records such as photography, video and audio recordings and digital platforms. Back to Duty

K20: The characteristics and consequences of verbal and non-verbal communication and how these can be affected by difference of any kind including, but not limited to, protected characteristics, intersectional experiences and cultural differences. Back to Duty

K21: The need to support the communication needs of service users and carers, such as through the use of an appropriate interpreter. Back to Duty

K22: The need to provide service users or people acting on own behalf with the information necessary in accessible formats to enable them to make informed decisions. Back to Duty

K23: The need to empower service users to manage own foot health and related issues. Back to Duty

K24: The principles and practices of other health and care professionals and systems and how they interact with their own profession. Back to Duty

K25: The need to build and sustain professional relationships as both an autonomous practitioner and collaboratively as a member of a team. Back to Duty

K26: The qualities, behaviours and benefits of leadership. Back to Duty

K27: That leadership is a skill all professionals can demonstrate. Back to Duty

K28: The need to engage service users and carers in planning and evaluating diagnostics, and therapeutic interventions to meet their needs and goals. Back to Duty

K29: The value of reflective practice and the need to record the outcome of such reflection to support continuous improvement. Back to Duty

K30: The value of multi-disciplinary reviews, case conferences and other methods of review. Back to Duty

K31: The value of gathering and using data for quality assurance and improvement programmes. Back to Duty

K32: The structure and function of the human body, together with knowledge of physical and mental health, disease, disorder and dysfunction relevant to their profession. Back to Duty

K33: The role(s) of other professions in health and social care and how they may relate to the role of chiropodist/podiatrist. Back to Duty

K34: The structure and function of health, care and social care systems and services in the UK. Back to Duty

K35: The theoretical basis of, and the variety of approaches to assessment and intervention. Back to Duty

K36: In the context of chiropody and podiatry:– anatomy and human locomotion– behavioural sciences – foot health promotion, education and support– histology– immunology – pharmacology – physiology – psychology– podiatric orthopaedics and biomechanics – podiatric therapeutic sciences – local pathology. Back to Duty

K37: A range of research methodologies relevant to their role. Back to Duty

K38: The value of research to the critical evaluation of practice. Back to Duty

K39: The need to maintain the safety of themself and others, including service users, carers and colleagues. Back to Duty

K40: Relevant health and safety legislation and local operational procedures and policies. Back to Duty

K41: Appropriate moving and handling techniques. Back to Duty

K42: The correct principles and applications of disinfectants, methods for sterilisation and decontamination, and for dealing with waste and spillages. Back to Duty

K43: The role of the profession in health promotion, health education and preventing ill health. Back to Duty

K44: How social, economic and environmental factors (wider determinants of health) can influence a person’s health and well-being. Back to Duty


S1: Identify the limits of own practice and when to seek advice or refer to another professional or service. Back to Duty

S2: Recognise the need to manage own workload and resources safely and effectively, including managing the emotional burden that comes with working in a pressured environment. Back to Duty

S3: Keep own skills and knowledge up to date. Back to Duty

S4: Maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct. Back to Duty

S5: Engage in safeguarding processes where necessary. Back to Duty

S6: Promote and protect the service user’s interests at all times. Back to Duty

S7: Respect and uphold the rights, dignity, values, and autonomy of service users, including own role in the assessment, diagnostic, treatment and/or therapeutic process. Back to Duty

S8: Maintain high standards of care in all circumstances. Back to Duty

S9: Obtain valid consent, which is voluntary and informed, has due regard to capacity, is proportionate to the circumstances and is appropriately documented. Back to Duty

S10: Exercise a duty of care. Back to Duty

S11: Apply legislation, policies and guidance relevant to own profession and scope of practice. Back to Duty

S12: Recognise the power imbalance which comes with being a health care professional, and ensure it is not used for personal gain. Back to Duty

S13: Identify own anxiety and stress and recognise the potential impact on own practice. Back to Duty

S14: Develop and adopt clear strategies for physical and mental self-care and self-awareness, to maintain a high standard of professional effectiveness and a safe working environment. Back to Duty

S15: Recognise that they are personally responsible for, and must be able to, justify their decisions and actions. Back to Duty

S16: Use own skills, knowledge and experience, and the information available, to make informed decisions and / or take action where necessary. Back to Duty

S17: Make reasoned decisions to initiate, continue, modify or cease treatment or the use of techniques or procedures, and record the decisions and reasoning appropriately. Back to Duty

S18: Make and receive appropriate referrals, where necessary. Back to Duty

S19: Exercise personal initiative. Back to Duty

S20: Demonstrate a logical and systematic approach to problem solving. Back to Duty

S21: Use research, reasoning and problem-solving skills when determining appropriate actions. Back to Duty

S22: Respond appropriately to the needs of all different groups and individuals in practice, recognising this can be affected by difference of any kind including, but not limited to, protected characteristics, intersectional experiences and cultural differences. Back to Duty

S23: Recognise the potential impact of own values, beliefs and personal biases (which may be unconscious) on practice and take personal action to ensure all service users and carers are treated appropriately with respect and dignity. Back to Duty

S24: Make and support reasonable adjustments in owns and others’ practice. Back to Duty

S25: Actively challenge barriers to inclusion, supporting the implementation of change wherever possible. Back to Duty

S26: Adhere to the professional duty of confidentiality. Back to Duty

S27: Recognise and respond in a timely manner to situations where it is necessary to share information to safeguard service users, carers and/or the wider public and recognise situations where it is necessary to share information to safeguard service users, carers and/or the wider public. Back to Duty

S28: Use effective and appropriate verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate with service users, carers, colleagues and others. Back to Duty

S29: Communicate in English to the required standard for the profession. Back to Duty

S30: Work with service users and / or own carers to facilitate the service user’s preferred role in decision-making, and provide service users and carers with the information they may need where appropriate. Back to Duty

S31: Modify own means of communication to address the individual communication needs and preferences of service users and carers, and remove any barriers to communication where possible. Back to Duty

S32: Use information, communication and digital technologies appropriate to own practice. Back to Duty

S33: Recognise the need to provide advice to the service user on self-treatment where appropriate. Back to Duty

S34: Keep full, clear and accurate records in accordance with applicable legislation, protocols and guidelines. Back to Duty

S35: Manage records and all other information in accordance with applicable legislation, protocols and guidelines. Back to Duty

S36: Use digital record keeping tools, where required. Back to Duty

S37: Work in partnership with service users, carers, colleagues and others. Back to Duty

S38: Contribute effectively to work undertaken as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Back to Duty

S39: Identify anxiety and stress in service users, carers and colleagues, adapting own practice and providing support where appropriate. Back to Duty

S40: Identify own leadership qualities, behaviours and approaches, taking into account the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion. Back to Duty

S41: Demonstrate leadership behaviours appropriate to own practice. Back to Duty

S42: Act as a role model for others. Back to Duty

S43: Promote and engage in the learning of others. Back to Duty

S44: Engage in evidence-based practice. Back to Duty

S45: Gather and use feedback and information, including qualitative and quantitative data, to evaluate the responses of service users to own care. Back to Duty

S46: Monitor and systematically evaluate the quality of practice, and maintain an effective quality management and quality assurance process working towards continual improvement. Back to Duty

S47: Participate in quality management, including quality control, quality assurance, clinical governance and the use of appropriate outcome measures. Back to Duty

S48: Evaluate care plans or intervention plans using recognised and appropriate outcome measures, in conjunction with the service user where possible, and revise the plans as necessary. Back to Duty

S49: Demonstrate awareness of the principles and applications of scientific enquiry, including the evaluation of treatment efficacy and the research process. Back to Duty

S50: Use a variety of approaches to assessment and intervention in practice. Back to Duty

S51: Change own practice as needed to take account of new developments, technologies and changing contexts. Back to Duty

S52: Gather appropriate information. Back to Duty

S53: Analyse and critically evaluate the information collected. Back to Duty

S54: Select and use appropriate assessment techniques and equipment. Back to Duty

S55: Undertake and record a thorough, sensitive, and detailed assessment. Back to Duty

S56: Undertake or arrange investigations as appropriate. Back to Duty

S57: Conduct appropriate assessment or monitoring procedures, treatment, therapy or other actions safely and effectively. Back to Duty

S58: Critically evaluate research and other evidence to inform own practice. Back to Duty

S59: Engage service users in research as appropriate. Back to Duty

S60: Formulate specific and appropriate management plans including the setting of timescales. Back to Duty

S61: Conduct neurological, vascular, biomechanical, dermatological and podiatric assessments in the context of chiropody and podiatry. Back to Duty

S62: Use a systematic approach to formulate and test a preferred diagnosis. Back to Duty

S63: Use basic life support skills and to deal safely with clinical emergencies. Back to Duty

S64: Interpret the signs and symptoms of systemic disorders as they manifest in the lower limb and foot with particular reference to cardiovascular disorders, dermatological disorders, developmental disorders, diabetes mellitus, infections, malignancy, neurological disorders, renal disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and other arthropathies. Back to Duty

S65: Carry out the following techniques safely and effectively: – administer relevant prescription only medicines, interpret any relevant pharmacological history and recognise potential consequences for service user treatment – apply local anaesthesia techniques – carry out suitable or relevant debridement of intact and ulcerated skin – carry out surgical procedures for skin and nail conditions – make and use chair-side foot orthoses – manage dermatological and nail disorders – prescribe foot orthoses – use appropriate physical and chemical therapies. Back to Duty

S66: Demonstrate awareness of relevant health and safety legislation and comply with all local operational procedures and policies. Back to Duty

S67: Work safely, including being able to select appropriate hazard control and risk management, reduction or elimination techniques in a safe manner and in accordance with health and safety legislation. Back to Duty

S68: Select appropriate personal protective equipment and use it correctly. Back to Duty

S69: Establish safe environments for practice, which appropriately manages risk. Back to Duty

S70: Apply appropriate moving and handling techniques. Back to Duty

S71: Position or immobilise service users correctly for safe and effective interventions. Back to Duty

S72: Empower and enable individuals (including service users and colleagues) to play a part in managing own health. Back to Duty

S73: Engage in occupational health, including being aware of immunisation requirements. Back to Duty


B1: Treat people with dignity, respecting individual's diversity, beliefs, culture, needs, values, privacy and preferences. Back to Duty

B2: Show respect and empathy for those you work with, have the courage to challenge areas of concern and work to evidence based best practice. Back to Duty

B3: Be adaptable, reflective, reliable and consistent, show discretion, resilience, self-awareness and demonstrate leadership. Back to Duty


English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Other mandatory qualifications

BSc (Honours) in Podiatry

Level: 6 (integrated degree)

A pre-registration MSc in Podiatry where the apprentice already holds a level 6 degree

Level: 7 (integrated degree)

Additional details

Regulated standard

This is a regulated occupation.

Regulator body:

Health and Care Professions Council

Training Provider must be approved by regulator body

EPAO must be approved by regulator body

Occupational Level:


Duration (months):



This apprenticeship standard will be reviewed after three years.

Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 6
Degree: integrated degree
Reference: ST0493
Version: 1.3
Date updated: 01/09/2023
Approved for delivery: 14 May 2018
Route: Health and science
Typical duration to gateway: 48 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £24000
Regulated standard:
This is a regulated occupation
Regulator body:Health and Care Professions Council
Training Provider must be approved by regulator body
EPAO must be approved by regulator body
LARS Code: 281
EQA Provider: Office for Students

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, City Healthcare Partnership CIC, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, North East London NHS Foundation Trust, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
1.3 Standard, end-point assessment plan and funding band have been revised but funding remains the same. 01/09/2023 Not set Not set
1.2 End-point assessment plan revised. 01/07/2022 31/08/2023 Not set
1.1 End-point assessment plan revised 31/10/2018 30/06/2022 Not set
1.0 Retired 14/05/2018 30/10/2018 Not set

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