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Vacancy for Podiatry Project Officer

Vacancy for Podiatry Project Officer

Job Title: Podiatry Project Officer
Reports to: Clinical Director
Job holder(s): New position; No existing job holder
Period of Appointment: 0.4 FTE; 6 months fixed-term contract
Date Prepared: March 2018 
Salary: £36,250

Job Purpose

To provide support to the Clinical Leadership and Education directorate in the undertaking of its duties, supporting priority projects and providing additional professional insight and guidance to the directorate to ensure that the College’s charitable objects are fulfilled and that the reputation of the profession is enhanced. This role requires the incumbent to hold at least a BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine and hold active HCPC status in addition to a relevant postgraduate qualification. 

Principal Accountabilities 
  1. Assist in the development of the College of Podiatry as the most reliable source of information on all aspects of foot health.

  2. Support existing task and finish groups identified to work on specific projects under the auspices of the Clinical Leadership strategy ensuring that objectives are met within agreed budgets and outputs are disseminated to relevant stakeholders.

  3. Participate in accreditation visits to educational establishments providing advice to visiting teams, ensuring that recommendations made to education providers are fully consistent with all aspects of policy and that the reputation of the College is maintained.

  4. Assist with the provision of up-to-date guidance and advice to members regarding aspects of clinical practice that are befitting of the directorate.

  5. Represent the College at national fora

  6. Develop self to ensure the College has access to up-to-date information and guidance concerning education and training in podiatry and cognate disciplines.


  • Education budget: £500,000

  • 8,500 students or registered podiatrists

  • 1500 pre-registration students studying at 13 schools of podiatry in the UK, and 100 at 1 school in the Republic of Ireland

  • 200 postgraduate students studying for awards at master’s and doctoral level

  • 100 post-registration students pursuing training in various clinical aspects of post-registration podiatry


Organisation Chart: College of Podiatry
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Knowledge, Skills, & Experience
  • Holder of BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatry/Podiatric Medicine with active HCPC registration   
  • Active membership of the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists    
  • Educated to postgraduate level (or equivalent) with 5 years’ experience of either: high level clinical practice (Band 7 or equivalent) higher education, professional bodies, or registration councils

  • Up-to-date knowledge of quality processes e.g. clinical audit, clinical supervision or quality assurance issues relating to the interface between higher education and professional training

  • Experience of project management

  • Written and verbal communication skills commensurate with a professional role in a public-facing organisation

Key Challenges
  • Support projects identified by the directorate of Clinical Leadership and Education delivering outcomes within agreed budgets, and timescales

  • Support the evolving governance structures and foster a collaborative approach to working within the department. 

  • Contribute to establishing the College of Podiatry as the authoritative voice on all matters relating to foot health in the UK


Key Decisions Made
  • Acting in a quasi-civil service role, make recommendations concerning the approval (or otherwise) of programmes of education, College policy relating to Clinical Leadership, and cooperation with external agencies as appropriate.

  • Contribute to possible additional sources of revenue for the College 


Further information

For an informal discussion please contact Head of Education James Coughtrey via jc@scpod.org or Clinical Director Professor Paul Chadwick via pjc@scpod.org  

Further details and an application pack are available from Lisa Thomas at lt@scpod.org.

Applications should be emailed to Lisa Thomas and received no later than noon on 13th of April 2018. Interviews will be held on the 3rd of May 2018

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