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Band 7 Clinical Specialist podiatrist (MSK/High Risk)

NHS AfC: Band 7

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MSK Podiatrist
NHS AfC: Band 7
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
Monday to Friday, part time or job share would be considered. However, minimum 3 days required
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Chesterfield/North East Derbyshire
£40,057 - £45,839 per anum, pro rata
Salary period
12/11/2021 23:59
Interview date

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

We are looking for a Podiatrist with a passion for prevention, and experience of working with, patients with a high risk of developing serious foot health complications. 

This MSK role will focus on  prevention and management, collaborating with patients and the highly specialised foot protection team with assessment and management of this patient case load. 

MSK assessment of other complex conditions in both adults and children will also be integral to this role.

If you are an experienced band 6 podiatrist, aspiring to develop your competencies in this area but do not yet have the advanced level of practice required  to meet the demands of the role, we  can offer a development post,  where training and mentorship will be provided  to the suitable candidate;  with promotion to band 7 when you can demonstrate that you meet the required competencies

Derbyshire Community Health Services has -

  • An experienced foot protection team including non medical prescribers
  • In house laboratory manufacturing bespoke orthotic devices to a high standard.
  • Podiatric surgery team – working alongside us in the management of the high risk foot
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital - where we provide a service for Rheumatology/orthopaedics/dermatology/pain clinic as well as being part of the Consultant led multi disciplinary clinic for people with diabetes
  • Access to pressure plate analysis 

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard Podiatry MSK ensuring the delivery of an efficient and effective podiatry service to patients referred by local GPs, Consultants, Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), other health professionals as well as by direct self -referral.

As a Developing Clinical Specialist Podiatrist you will:

  • Have a broad knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions based on current evidence based practice.
  • Have a good knowledge of risk factors which lead to development of the high risk foot and experience in the assessment and management of people presenting with urgent foot health problems
  • Have advanced clinical reasoning skills, being able to complete comprehensive assessments to formulate accurate diagnoses.
  • Be able to identify red flags and have highly developed clinical reasoning skills.
  • Have highly developed communication skills to educate and treat patients as part of a shared decision making process, including advising on self-management techniques
  • Be flexible to meet the needs of the service which may include traveling to other locations across DCHS to support service delivery
  • Have the opportunity to share your knowledge and skills through mentorship and supervision your colleagues in the podiatry team
  • We will provide a structured professional development programme with support and supervision from experienced colleagues.
  • Once you reach the standards of the agreed competency framework you will progress to a Band 7 Highly Specialist Podiatrist.

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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To be part of a highly motivated  team, providing a high standard of person centered clinical care in highly specialised areas (Diabetes/High risk foot/MSK) with a number of years post graduate experience to required level of experience to manage this patient caseload.

To act as a clinical lead with expert clinical leadership in msk and diabetes/high risk working with existing clinical and specialist leads in providing specialist podiatry advice to the Community Podiatry Team and professionals in other fields.

To be responsible for the planning and management of complex and specialised caseloads involving the implementation and co-ordination of highly specialised treatment regimes, (including Casting and Corticosteroid injections), ensuring effective delivery of clinical quality and improvement in outcomes used by Podiatry.

As part of the Podiatry Team, working alongside Podiatric surgery team and Wider Trust, contribute to the development of the team and adhere to the Podiatry Department and Trusts' policies, strategies and objectives, including the requirements of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Provide expert knowledge and promote clinical excellence within Podiatry including the provision of evidence based clinical policies / pathways / clinical records / clinical governance / information systems, experience in research is desirable.

To develop and enable staff to lead transformational change, introducing and managing and supporting staff for NICE Gold standard non-removable casting to offload plantar neuropathic, non-ischaemic, uninfected forefoot and midfoot diabetic ulcers).

To aid and facilitate the development of an environment that encourages clinical innovation in teams

To be aware of clinical risk issues within the Podiatry Service and help manage these accordingly.



Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree in Podiatry


Essential criteria
  • HCPC registration


Essential criteria
  • masters level modules in MSK/Diabetes
Desirable criteria
  • post graduate study working towards masters level MSK/diabetes


Essential criteria
  • Ability to travel to all localities across trust
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Cassandra Rawlings
Job title
Divisional Podiatry Manager
Email address
Telephone number
07772 597831
Additional information

I am on leave 14th to 26th  October;  please email any queries and I will reply on my return


contact Jack Wynne, Senior Divisional Podiatry Manager, 07825 583145