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BSc (Hons) Podiatry (Podiatrist Degree Apprenticeship)
School of Health and Society
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 will be currently working within the NHS or private sector in a role where you will be exposed to the hands-on clinical side of podiatry.
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.
The degree apprenticeship provides a new route for developing and retaining the future podiatry workforce that is complementary to the academic route, ensuring that graduating apprentices are competent podiatrists able to meet the future needs of employers.
- 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
This is for you if...
You enjoy working as part of a team
You have excellent communication and organisational skills
You are a problem solver
You are hard-working and highly motivated
You possess excellent critical thinking skills
You have a strong desire to help people
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional Studies Practice 1 DA
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.
Musculoskeletal Conditions 1
This module will focus on the development and refinement of your skills in the management of a range of musculoskeletal conditions in the lower limb. You will explore, apply and evaluate a range of management strategies for the management of musculoskeletal 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 musculoskeletal conditions. The assessment for this module 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.
Musculoskeletal Conditions 2
In Musculoskeletal Conditions 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 this module is via a blend of OSCEs, portfolios and research proposal.
This module teaches the theory, the application and the practice of local anaesthetics. It underpins the teaching of minor surgery in year three.
Contexts of Clinical Practice DA
A module focusing on the Contexts of Clinical Practice.
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.
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.
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.
Patient Management in Practice DA
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.
End Point Assessment
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?
To accommodate different learning styles and prior experiences, a combination of teaching and learning strategies are used throughout the course. These include a structured teaching programme, delivered one day each week to represent your 20% off the job training. This will include:
- Problem-based learning
- Patient case study workshops
- Clinical sessions, in-house and within the NHS
Each module will be assessed by coursework and/or end of module examination. Apprentices will also complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) as part of their final module. The EPA includes: the submission of a portfolio of evidence relating to knowledge, skills and behaviours you have learnt within the University and on the job; a presentation of practice with question and answer session; and a scenario based judgement test.
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.
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
What about after uni?
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.
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
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.
What you need to know
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.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2021/22 academic year.
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 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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Access to HE
120 UCAS Tariff Points. 60 credits overall with 45 credits at level 3. Science preferred but Health Studies will be considered.
120 points to include Biology
Irish Leaving Certificate
120 points to include B in Biology
Pass in Diploma of at least 65% to include Biology
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.
The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.
The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.
There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 5%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.
The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into a specific funding band, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Podiatrist standard has been allocated the following funding band:
Funding band maximum: £24,000
Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-changes
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
All Set? Let's Apply?
Not in employment
In order to apply for an apprenticeship you must first be in employment with a company who is willing to put you onto the degree apprenticeship scheme. The government national apprenticeship website has further information on this subject: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk. This website also advertises vacancies for degree apprentices, unfortunately the university does not hold details of employers vacancies.
If you are currently in employment with a company who is willing to support you through a degree apprenticeship, then they will need to contact us in the first instance to express their interest in the degree apprenticeship scheme and then this will trigger the application process etc. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org