Podiatrist Apprentice

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


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Job summary

Within the Foot Health department at NCH&C we have an amazing opportunity for a suitably qualified, enthusiastic individual to undertake a Podiatry degree through an apprenticeship scheme running in collaboration with the University of East London starting in September 2022.

The Apprenticeship is four years in duration and will allow you to progress into a HCPC registered Podiatrist role with NCH&C, on successful completion.

Podiatrists are registered healthcare professionals specialising in the lower limb (feet, ankles, legs), providing high quality hands on clinical care. Podiatrists work with people of all ages and provide advice, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of problems affecting the foot and lower limb.

For more information about Podiatry as a career, see:



Please see Supplementary Information document for more details of this role.

Main duties of the job

The Podiatrist Apprenticeship combines full-time employment, work-based learning and academic study at Foundation Degree level (Level 5). Apprentices will work in a supported learning environment with our friendly supportive team to develop their clinical competencies and knowledge related to the role of a Podiatrist. You will be patient facing from the very start - so that you can apply and develop your new knowledge and skills with increasing confidence. Your days within the clinical placement will be diverse and you can explore speciality areas that interest you the most.

As an apprentice, you will spend a minimum of 30% of your time doing off the job training. This means that you will spend time on day release at UEL (University of East London - Stratford Campus) where you will attend lectures, tutorials and practical classes. The rest of your time you will spend working for NCH&C where you will put into practice what you have learnt at University.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

About us

Wage: Annexe 21 pay arrangement whereby Band 5 funding will be held for this post and the candidate will receive the following salary:

Year 1: 60% of a Band 5 salary

Year 2: 65% of a Band 5 salary

Year 3: 70% of a Band 5 salary

Year 4: 75% of a Band 5 salary

Guaranteed B5 Podiatrist role on successful completion of Apprenticeship and End Point Assessment. At the end of the apprenticeship you will agree to work for the Trust for at least two years to consolidate training. If this condition is not fulfilled, the apprentice may be liable to pay back any employer related costs incurred for clinical placement activity during the apprenticeship programme as defined in the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) Apprenticeship Funding Rules. As a benefit, you will leave the training programme without the usual 'student loans' - a comparable saving of approximately £29,000 against full time entry route students. Training costs will be covered by the Apprenticeship Levy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See job description and person specification for detailed job description, breakdown of 4 year apprenticeship learning modules and expected competencies.

Person Specification



  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths
  • 120 UCAS points including: Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall (including 45 level 3 credits at Distinction which must include Biology and Chemistry) or three A levels (BBB) which must include Biology and Chemistry


  • driver



  • Clear understanding of profession / role


  • Previous experience in a healthcare role

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Linked to Level 4 / 5 / 6 of academic learning
  • Able to convey tasks and actions to colleagues and service users.
  • Ability to assist patients to achieve safe working environments for treatments to be carried out.
  • Ability to perform treatments in a variety of settings such as clinics, residential homes, patients own homes and nursing care sites.
  • Fine motor dexterity which will become more advanced throughout the apprenticeship to enable use of fine instruments in podiatry treatment
  • Sufficient keyboard skills for data input and letter writing and ability to use MS office or similar internet and email
  • Ability to use patient information systems to input data and clinical treatment.
  • Ability to plan, organise and coordinate work under own initiative, be flexible and prioritise competing demands for attention to provide best care available to patients in case which may involve changing plans where necessary.
  • Ability to drive, access to own transport, current driving license, transporting equipment required for patient care and education sessions in and out of a car.



  • Excellent communication skills in written and verbal English Language
  • Confident, articulate and able to tailor and judge communication according to situation

Personal Attributes


  • Compassionate, caring and empathetic. Considerate of an individual's needs.
  • Polite, courteous and friendly.
  • Team player
  • Curious. Questions appropriately.
  • Able to problem solve and be mentally agile
  • High standards of professional ethics and behaviors



  • Understanding of the scope of the role of the Podiatrist and Podiatry Assistant / Technician in context of the team
  • Ability to develop & maintain positive working relationships with professionals and nonprofessional colleagues & clients
  • Ability to hear distressing news from patients when discussing treatment plans and during consultations when patients share their life experiences
  • Ability to empathise and sympathise with a diverse range of people remaining professional at all times.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player under appropriate supervision, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to reflect and evaluate own strengths and development needs, seeking advice where appropriate.
  • Ability to develop skills needed to provide direct patient care, with frequent exposure to highly unpleasant working conditions (ulcer debridement, tissue breakdown and body fluids, dusts and adhesives)
  • The post holder will need to be passed fit to perform full duties of the post through occupational health with any reasonable aids and adaptations if necessary.


  • Understanding of the scope of the role of the Podiatrist and Podiatry Assistant / Technician in context of the organisation, and how the role may contribute to service development

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



Employer's website

https://www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Chris Gilman



Date posted

09 May 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£14,944 to £22,961 a year Band 5 Annex 21




4 years

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



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