A chiropodist, who is also sometimes referred to as a podiatrist is someone who keeps feet healthy. Becoming a chiropodist requires a number of simple steps. First of all you will need a degree in podiatry along with this you will need 5 GCSE’s A-C. These must include English, Maths and Biology Science. Of course some of the chiropody courses in the UK do accept equivalents of these qualifications.
After you have achieved the relevant qualifications to become a chiropodist or foot health practitioner you then must be registered to the HCPC. The HCPC is the Health and Care Professions Councils. Once you have been successfully approved by the HCPC you are then eligible for registration to become a foot health practitioner. You are required to retain your name on the register by keeping up to date with industry best practice and paying the annual retention fee.
Hours and Salary of a Foot Health Practitioner
A foot health consult is usually a pretty standard nine til five job although there may be some extra hours as and when needed and some organisations may require different working hours to this. Especially in private sectors where the working schedule is very flexible and can include unsociable hours. The salary for a chiropodist role usually varies depending on experience. A junior or starting podiatrist usually earns roughly between £21,000 and £27,000. As experience grows you could become a specialist and earn up to as much as £34,000.
Who is suited to being a Chiropodist?
This is the million dollar question asked by many. The main thing to consider is do you like feet? If you don’t like feet then being a chiropodist is not for you. If you do like the sound of this field then we would urge you to look into this field. It can be a very rewarding job. Every patient that walks through the door will bring a different problem and it’s your calm reassuring manner which will help get their feet restored to health.