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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall discovers the many facets of podiatry

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall discovers the many facets of podiatry

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall learnt all about the different specialist areas of podiatry in a visit hosted by the College of Podiatry.

On Thursday 8 September, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) in her role as the Patron of the College of Podiatry. During her visit, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall met podiatrists working in many specialist areas including diabetes, dermatology, rheumatology, forensic podiatry, podiatric surgery and podopaediatrics.

Debbie Delves, Chair of the College of Podiatry, said, ‘The College of Podiatry is proud to have Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall as our Royal Patron. We appreciate her taking the time to visit us and are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our profession, to demonstrate the array of specialisms within the profession of podiatry and the importance of good foot health. We are also grateful to our colleagues at RLHIM for allowing us to host today’s visit.
‘The profession of podiatry is multi-faceted. Our impact on foot health plays a vital role in public health: we keep people mobile, reduce obesity, and we are proven in our effectiveness in reducing amputation rates.’

Rosemary Gillespie, SCP Interim Chief Executive, said, ‘We were delighted to welcome our Patron, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to the College of Podiatry today. Her support and her recognition of the work that podiatrists do really helps us to showcase the importance of podiatry in public health.’

Dr Tariq Khan, consultant podiatrist at RLHIM, said, ‘Today's event showcased the importance of podiatry and podiatrists in public service. It showed the integration of podiatry into multiple medical disciplines and how as a profession we are essential for our patients and serving the public.’
HRH the Duchess of Cornwall thanked the College of Podiatry for hosting the event. ‘It’s been a fascinating trip, and I will have to come back. As I have said, we couldn’t survive without our feet’. 

Notes to Editors

  1. The College of Podiatry is the academic authority for chiropody and podiatry in the UK, and an independent charity dedicated to feet health research, education and public awareness. The College promotes guidelines and standards of practice for members that are evidence based, ensuring patient safety and clinical effectiveness with a focus on outcomes. A key of the College is to ensure that everyone is aware of the importance of good foot health and how to obtain it.

  2. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is the largest professional body for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered podiatrists in the UK represent over 10,000 practitioners and students. Podiatrists are highly skilled health care professionals trained to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and prevent abnormal conditions of the feet, ankles and lower limbs. They also relieve pain, treat infections and keep people mobile and active.

For further information about The College of Podiatry please contact:
Louise Everett
0118 475956