The College is responsible to the Charity Commission and all College activity is geared towards the pursuit of the following objects which are laid down in the Articles of the College:
1. the advancement of health in particular, but not limited to, the prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions of the foot and lower limbs;
2. the advancement of research and education of the public in the art and science of podiatric health relating in particular, but not limited to, the prevention and the treatment of diseases and conditions of the foot and lower limbs;
3. the relief of poverty; and
4. the furtherance of such other exclusively charitable purposes according to the law of England and Wales as the Trustees in their absolute discretion from time to time determine.
What do we want?
We want Podiatry will be recognised by the public, by fellow healthcare professionals, by policy-makers and commissioners of healthcare as being synonymous with foot health. We want to lead the development of an international model for podiatry practice.
We want to maintain the viability of the schools of podiatry, so that sufficient podiatrists are trained to meet the foot health needs of the population.
What do we do? We promote guidelines and standards of practice.
We ensure that they are evidence based, ensuring patient safety and clinical effectiveness with a focus on outcomes.
We campaign to raise awareness among general public and government that good foot health is an essential component to quality of life and podiatry is a key element of preventative medicine and against NHS down -gradings and job cuts, to ensure that essential services are not eroded further.
We influence the governments of the four UK countries, ensuring they understand that podiatry encompasses specialist care, surgery, general practice and public health and makes a vital contribution to the health of the population humanist perspective in public debate, drawing on contemporary humanist thought and the worldwide humanist tradition.
Our focus is also on professional values, Practice & Standards.
We provide members with guidelines and standards relating to patient care, which they must adhere to, in order to comply with membership requirements.
Our policies are informed with the support of over x of the UK’s most prominent podiatrists, scientists, and researchers and we seek to develop enhanced relationships with suppliers of podiatry products.
This will be reflected in better communications and enhanced public awareness.