Podiatry Apprentice

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
Competitive salary
18 Nov 2020
25 Nov 2020
Role Type
Start Date
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Podiatry Service has an exciting opportunity for a podiatry apprentice to join our innovative and supportive podiatry team. The graduate Podiatry Apprenticeship programme is a new fully funded route towards qualification as a HCPC registered Podiatrist.

Podiatrists are registered healthcare professionals specialising in the lower limb (feet, ankles, and legs), providing high quality clinical care to people of all ages. A Podiatrist's job is to work to protect people's feet, providing preventative advice, care, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of problems affecting the lower limb.

What's involved?

The apprenticeship is a three year programme of work based learning that is directly related to the apprenticeship standard. In addition, the apprenticeship has a mandatory 20% off-the-job learning. The University-based Honours degree study is also linked to the Apprenticeship Standard. It is scheduled to commence in January 2021 with interviews to take place on the 30th November 2020.


You will be able to demonstrate how you will be able to use the experiences you are bringing to become a Podiatrist. Understanding of the scope of the role of the Podiatrist and Podiatry assistant in context of the team and the organisation, and how the role may contribute to service development. You will treat people with dignity, respecting individual's diversity, beliefs, culture, needs, values, privacy and preferences. You will show respect and empathy for those you work with, have the courage to challenge areas of concern and work to evidence based best practice. You will also be adaptable, reflective, reliable and consistent, show discretion, resilience, self-awareness and demonstrate leadership.

You must be able to meet the following criteria:
  • Grade C in GCSE English and Maths or functional skills level 2 (equivalent to GCSE C)
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate evidence of recent academic achievement within the last 5 years, such that they may be deemed capable of study at degree level
  • Able to evidence the ability to study at a Higher Education level
  • Right of abode in the UK meeting University admission
  • 104 UCAS points (equivalent to A levels at BCC), including a biological subject

Programme content

The academic part of the training will be provided by the University of Plymouth where you will undertake modules as detailed below:

Introduction to podiatric practice

Human anatomy and physiology

Person centred care

Systemic disorders of the lower limb

Musculoskeletal conditional and applied biomechanics in the foot and lower limb

The mode of learning will be distance learning provided by University of Plymouth over the 3 year period. I day a week will be dedicated to theory learning provided by the University with an additional 1 day of protected learning time in the workplace. The remaining 3 days will be spent working within the Podiatry department.

On successful completion of the programme you will be equipped with the appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to ensure competence at the point of qualification. You will have the capability to continue to meet Health and Care Professions Council regulatory standards and the College of Podiatry professional standards throughout your professional career.

On completion of the course the applicant will be a qualified Podiatrist and able to apply for permanent Podiatry positions.. There is an expectation that you will work for the Trust for 2 years upon successful completion of qualification.

If you are interested in applying for this role and to arrange an informal chat please contact either:

Lyndon White Head of Podiatry on 01271 341506/07 or 07958 51120 or email lyndon.white@nhs.net

Rebecca Brown Lead Podiatrist on 01271 341506/7 or email r.brown7@nhs.net

To be eligible for Government funded Apprenticeships, you should also have lived within the UK or EU for at least the last 3 years.

Internal applicants who wish to be considered for a secondment opportunity should discuss with their line manager the suitability of a possible secondment

Please be aware that should the number of applications reach a threshold the closing date may be brought forward.

This is a full time post working 37.5 hours per week. - Band 5-Annex 21 Apprentice payscale applicable

Closing date: 22/11/2020

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Our values guide everything we do. At all times, we aim to:
  • Demonstrate compassion
  • Strive for excellence
  • Respect diversity
  • Act with integrity
  • Listen and support others

Our teams of care professionals work with patients and their families to support peoples' independence, health and wellbeing. We provide support to avoid hospital admissions, and if an admission is necessary, we try to make each patient's stay in hospital as short and effective as possible before working with them on a safe discharge home.

In our most recent staff survey, our staff voted us in the top 10% of NHS provider organisations to work for and we also came out as the top provider in the South West for our overall results. Our patients (through the Friends and Family Test) regularly report an average of over 95% satisfaction with our services.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information and to self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship, please visit the UK Border Agency website. Note: we will be unable to obtain Tier 2 sponsorship for Bank positions.

Please note that we may close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applicants.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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