Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Podiatry

Full-time

Attendance

Three year

Course

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Podiatry is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of foot and lower limb disorders, many of which are caused by general health disorders. You will use comprehensive assessment and diagnostic skills to develop patient care pathways for conditions which impact on people's quality of life. 

You'll learn from academics internationally renowned for their clinical expertise and research profile. You'll have the opportunity to take exciting placements in NHS clinics, as well as learning hands-on in our state-of-the-art, purpose-built clinical research facilities.

When you first arrive, you will learn the basic practical skills and knowledge to enable you to treat patients safely. You will also acquire the reflective, critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills that are essential to professional practice.

You will start your clinical practice within six weeks of starting the course within our own in-house clinic. Your practice will develop throughout your time with us, one day per week in NHS clinics and then during longer periods of work placements in your final year.

You will:
  • Learn the basic practical skills and knowledge to enable you treat patients safely
  • Acquire the reflective, critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills that are essential to professional practice
  • Start your practice within 6 weeks of starting the course within our own in-house clinic
  • Develop your practice throughout your time with us, one day per week in NHS clinics and then during longer periods of work placements in your final year
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You enjoy working as part of a team

2.

You have excellent communication and organisational skills

3.

You are a problem solver

4.

You are hard-working and highly motivated

5.

You possess excellent critical thinking skills

6.

You have a strong desire to help people

Course details

All about the course

You will work with children with gait abnormalities, people with high-risk conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis and people who need specialist footwear to accommodate foot deformities. You will also provide gait analysis and treatment for athletes with biomechanical problems or sports injuries.

At Salford, we have our own on-campus professionally equipped podiatry clinic and human movement laboratory where you will regularly put your learning into practice. The course has strong links to NHS clinics across the north-west of England, enabling you to experience real working conditions during your extensive placements.

After graduating, you will be equipped to work in the NHS or to run your own private practice.

The NHS Constitution is at the heart of our recruitment and selection process for students applying to become health care professionals.

Our academics are all experts in the field of podiatry, two of which have recently gained national recognition for contribution to the profession. Find out more.

Year one

Intercollaborative Professional Practice

Initially you will study this module alongside students from other health care courses, engage in discussions on professionalism, codes of conduct, ethical issues, personal and social influences contributing to inequalities in health care. Then in the professional element, you will start to learn how to be a Podiatrist. You will treat your first patient after approximately six weeks. You will understand the importance of infection control, be able to prep your clinical environment, use a wide range of instruments, provide basic podiatry care and develop a simple management plan for your patient.

Integrated Life Science 1 (ILS1)

This is the module that underpins all podiatry modules. You will learn to identify bones, major joints and muscles of the lower limb and learn about their function.

Integrated Life Science 2

This module follows on from ILS1 and teaches you about body systems: the anatomy and physiology of the heart, distribution of blood vessels, anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system within the lower limb.

Professional Studies

You will learn to manage simple foot problems, including problems with the skin and nails, the importance of the body's inflammatory process, principles of wound management and relate these to current evidence based criteria.

Professional Studies Practice

This module teaches the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical features and management of fungal, viral and bacterial infections of the skin and nails. You will learn basic management of wounds, apply dressings following required protocols, undertake basic neurological and vascular examination of the lower limb and collect samples of skin, nail, exudate for laboratory investigation.

An Introduction to Gait

This module explains the concepts involved in lower limb motion, you will learn about normal gait and the axes about which motion occurs. The practical sessions will demonstrate the principles of joint examination and relate these to the lower limb joints.

Year two

Musculoskeletal Conditions 1 and 2

These interrelated modules focus on the development and refinement of your skills in the management of a range of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions in the lower limb. You will explore, apply and evaluate a range of management strategies for the management of MSK conditions. Specifically, you will gain knowledge and skills required for the prescription, modification and fitting of foot orthoses. You will undertake workshops and tutorials to enable them to appreciate the impact of contemporary developments in research and data collection methods in the context of MSK conditions. In MSK 2, you will have the opportunity to explore contemporary research and appreciate the principles of different methods when designing a research project. Your learning is through lectures, online resources, interactive workshops and laboratory session with an application of knowledge and skills in a clinical environment with patients. The assessment for the two modules is via a blend of OSCEs, portfolios and research proposal.

Applied Clinical Medicine

This module introduces the etiology and clinical features of commonly occurring systemic disease and links its significance to clinical practice. You will learn to appraise the role of risk factors in the manifestation of chronic diseases. This knowledge will be applied in your clinical practice whilst on placement within the NHS.

Prescription Only Medicine

This module explains the way medicines work in relation to the disease process. You will learn to develop and document a clinical care plan; monitor responses to medicines and modify treatment or refer the patient; and understand the legal and professional framework for accountability in relation to access, supply and administration of medicines. You will learn life support techniques including use of adrenaline and defibrillation.

Local Analgesia

This module teaches the theory, the application and the practice of local anaesthetics. It underpins the teaching of minor surgery in year three.

Year three

Enterprise in Podiatry

‘Enterprise in Podiatry’ is a final year module designed to equip the you with basic enterprise knowledge and skills in preparation for a diverse range of career paths related to health care. This module allows you to develop contemporary entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial knowledge and skills in preparation for employment in private practice and industry. The content looks at a wide range of career opportunities open to podiatry students and examines the enterprise skills, traits and attributes required for these. It assists with curriculum vitae building, digital profiling and personal branding to meet job specifications. Information on business skills, business planning, finance and accounting, marketing and podiatry specific requirements in enterprise are included.

Diagnosis and Management

This module focuses on developing your ability to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to critically evaluate your diagnostic skills in the management of lower limb pathology related to the complications of systemic disease. It facilitates the development of your patient centred consultation skills, working towards diagnosis/ses and appropriate management strategies across a wide range of patient groups. You will have the opportunity to apply these skills in clinical practice through University, NHS and industry based placements, thus enabling you to have the knowledge and skills aligned with those required for practice at Band 5 within the NHS/or commensurate with graduate practitioner clinical knowledge and skills for private practice. Your learning is through lectures, online resources and interactive workshops with application of knowledge and skills on clinical placements. The assessment for the module is via a mid-semester OSCE to ensure preparation for clinical placement, a written exam (MCQ/Case studies) and through clinical logbook assessments that will take place throughout your clinical placements. Previous students on this module have achieved well with a near 100% pass rate and have provided feedback that states how well the module prepares the students through consolidation of their clinical practice skills and knowledge.

Into Employment

You will continue with your clinical work throughout the final year, comprising of rotational placements in a variety of interesting clinics such as sports clinics, children's clinics, and high risk patients' clinics, and you will complete a five-week placement working with an experienced clinical educator to enable you to complete your required clinical practice. This module underpins the clinical preparation for future employment, either with the public sector or private practice.

Methods of Enquiry (Project)

This assignment is commonly known as your dissertation, it is a critical review of a selection of literature which might form the future basis of a small scale research project. It will have relevance and value for podiatrists.

Management of Health and Wellbeing

This module focuses on the development and refinement of your skills in the holistic management of patients with complex and long-term conditions. Specifically, you will gain knowledge of the theories of health behaviour change, health psychology, patient education strategies and mechanisms for health promotion. You will have the opportunity to apply these in practice through the use of motivational interviewing techniques with the aim of achieving behaviour change that positively influences both lower limb and general health.

This will enable you to have the knowledge and skills to meet with the Department of Health focus of enabling positive health behaviour which supports and enhances traditional health interventions. Your leaning is through lectures, online resources and interactive workshops with the application of knowledge and skills on clinical placements. The assessment for the module is an assignment where you reflect on a personal health behaviour change. Many previous students have achieved positive health behaviour change themselves such as losing weight, stopping smoking and increasing levels of activity. 

Management of Health and Wellbeing

This module focuses on the development and refinement of your skills in the holistic management of patients with complex and long term conditions. Specifically, you will gain knowledge of the theories of health behaviour change, health psychology, patient education strategies and mechanisms for health promotion. You will have the opportunity to apply these in practice through the use of motivational interviewing techniques with the aim of achieving behaviour change that positively influences both lower limb and general health. This will enable you to have the knowledge and skills to meet with the Department of Health focus of enabling positive health behaviour which supports and enhances traditional health interventions. Your learning is through lectures, online resources and interactive workshops with application of knowledge and skills on clinical placements. The assessment for the module is an assignment where you reflect on a personal health behaviour change. Many previous students have achieved positive health behaviour change themselves such as loosing weight, stopping smoking and increasing levels of activity.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?

TEACHING

  • Lectures
  • Problem-based learning
  • Tutorials
  • Patient case study workshops
  • Clinical sessions, in-house and within the NHS

ASSESSMENT

  • Written examinations
  • Written assignments
  • Objective structured examinations
  • Objective structured clinical examinations
  • Oral presentations

School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice

We are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes and our commitment to public involvement help us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.

Podiatry Clinic

Our podiatry clinic adds a cutting-edge to your training, as well as providing a valuable asset to the local community.

The clinic includes:

  • Orthoses suite with workshops
  • Computer aided design and manufacturing facilities
  • Gait examination room
  • Private cubicles
  • Seminar rooms
  • Gait laboratory
  • Anatomy room
  • Clinical skills rooms

Clinical Gait Analysis and Research Facilities

This laboratory was part of a £1.5 million renovation of the podiatry clinical education and research spaces. The laboratory hosts the Salford Gait Analysis Service which provides quantitative gait analysis and consultation services for four NHS Trusts in the Manchester area.

The service supports the care of children with cerebral palsy by enabling assessment of their gait to input to their care pathways. We also offer gait and human movement assessment related to amputees, neuromuscular disorders (such as stroke) and a range of orthopaedics disorders.

The equipment includes:

  • 10 Qualisys OQUS motion analysis cameras
  • Four AMTI force plates embedded into the floor
  • Custom stairs that integrate with the force plates are available
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • Eight channel Noraxon Telemyo G2T wireless EMG system with associated foot switches and accelerometry
  • Tekscan pressure system

Human Performance Laboratory

This is the original gait laboratory within the University and is located adjacent to the prosthetics and orthotics clinical suite and technical workshops.

This lab is used for research, clinical and educational work and has:

  • 10 camera Vicon 612 motion analysis system
  • Two Kistler force plates (embedded into the floor)
  • Two Kistler force plates located in a purpose built a portable walkway
  • 12 Xsens inertial measuring units
  • One eight-channel MIE telemetric electromyography system
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • ORLAU video vector generator
Employment and stats

What about after uni?

CAREER PROSPECTS

Qualified podiatrists find employment in hospitals, GP clinics, in the community, or can set up in private practice. They can work alongside doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other professionals and are seen as a vital part of the health care team.

Podiatrists can work alongside doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other professionals as a vital part of the health care team. After graduating from this course you will be able to apply for jobs within the NHS, private practice, industry or commerce. You may wish to specialise in areas such as wound care, paediatrics, diabetology, musculoskeletal, rheumatology or sports-related problems. Recent graduates from this course went on to work within the NHS, set up their own private practices and applied for research opportunities. Some graduates have also gone on to work in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. You will also have the opportunity to study PhDs with our world-renowned Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research.

FURTHER STUDY

Some students choose to pursue their area of interest through research opportunities at the University. The Centre for Health Sciences Research is a thriving, truly multidisciplinary group, focused on improving health outcomes through innovation and research.

The Foot and Knee research group is focused on four keys areas:

  • Biomechanical function of the foot and knee during walking, running and various sports
  • How foot and knee structure and function are affected by disease (e.g. diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis), injury (e.g. ACL tears, patellofemoral pain, lateral ankle sprain) and ageing
  • Clinical and user (patient) research to investigate the real world consequences of poor foot and knee health for patients and athletes
  • Investigation of a wide range of physical therapy (e.g. exercise), device (e.g. orthoses) and health behaviour (e.g. compliance with devices or education programmes) interventions

A taste of what you could become

A podiatrist

Career Links

We have links to all the NHS clinics within the north-west, enabling our students to experience real work conditions during their extensive placements. We offer a range of placement experiences, including a new relationship with the Manchester Urban Village, offering foot care to the city's homeless population.

Staff work with pharmaceutical companies specialising in wound care, and they also have links with orthoses laboratories. This ensures your learning incorporates the latest evidence-based practice throughout your study.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

A successful applicant will be hard-working, highly motivated, enjoy working as a part of a team and a problem solver.

You will be expected to have good communication and organisational skills, and you will be expected to demonstrate these skills in your personal statement.

You will be expected to shadow a podiatrist as part of the admissions process.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

Minimum of three  GCSE's at Grade 4/C including English Language, Maths and a Science  (or equivalent) You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

120 points

A level

120 points from a minimum of three A-Levels (Biology preferred)

BTEC National Diploma

DDM - Science, Sports and exercise science, sports therapy and beauty therapy.

 

BTEC Higher National Diploma

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Foundation Degree

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Access to HE

120 UCAS Tariff Points. 60 credits overall with 45 credits at level 3. Science preferred but Health Studies will be considered.

Scottish Highers

120 points to include Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 points to include B in Biology

International Baccalaureate

27

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 65% to include Biology

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from those who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Find out more about the scheme here.

How much?

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year. 

For international students who undertake a placement, there will be an additional placement fee in the region of £2,000.

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £15,960per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID B985

Institution S03

Clearing 2019

Apply through Clearing and start this course in September 2019.

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