Podiatry assistant

Podiatry assistants treat and care for people’s feet and legs under the supervision of a registered podiatrist.

This page has information on the role of the podiatry assistant, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

Podiatry assistants are also known as chiropody or footcare assistants. You'll treat people of all ages and situations, for example:

podiatry assitant with patient

As a podiatry assistant, your work will include

Where will I work?

In the NHS, you will work in hospital departments, clinics, health centres or GPs surgeries. Some podiatry assistants visit clients who cannot leave home or are in a nursing home.

Some podiatry assistants work in private clinics or footcare centres.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements to become a podiatry assistant. Employers expect good literacy and numeracy and may ask for GCSEs, or equivalent.  They may ask for an NVQ, BTEC or equivalent qualification in health and social care or healthcare.

Employers often ask for relevant work experience. Even where this is not specified, it would be an advantage if you have worked in health or social care, either in paid employment or voluntary work.

Personal characteristics and skills needed

Podiatry assistants need to be

You'll also need

Training and development 

You will get the training you need to work as a podiatry assistant. This includes:

Some podiatry assistants join the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists as associate members. The Society runs courses, conferences and seminars where podiatry assistants can update their skills and network with others doing similar work.

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