Podiatry in the United Kingdom

Podiatry is recognised as a health care profession in the UK. Podiatrists are mostly active as private practitioners or group practices and they are recognised as part of the multidisciplinary diabetic foot teams in hospitals.


Title of degree:Education process:Number of years/hours/ECTS:Degree:Continuous education mandatory:Name of regulated profession:
Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Podiatry / Podiactric Medicine in the UKThere are 14 universities in the UK and Republic of Ireland offering a full time degree. The course takes 3 or 4 years to complete depending on where you choose to study. In addition to a first degree in Podiatric Medicine you can continue to study at Master’s degree level in Podiatric Surgery.3 years full time (180 ECTS
5400 hours) Scotland & Republic of Ireland: all undergraduate degrees are 4 years
Bachelor and MasterYesChiropodist/Podiatrist


Is podiatry recognised:Governmental recognition:Is there a board that regulates the profession:Is there automatic recognition of degree (with or without exam)? With competences based on your training?:Hours of mandatory CPD/CME yearly?:Link to local applicable legislation:
YesYesHealth and Care Professions Council (HCPC)European Mutual Recognition a scheme that makes sure professional qualifications are recognised across EU member states. For applicants who trained outside the UK, this entitles them to periods of adaptation if their application is unsuccessful.CPD activities must include a mixture of different types of learning, so you’ll need to carry out at least two different types of activity. More information: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/cpd/http://www.hpc-uk.org/registration/getting-on-the-register/international-applications/

Foreign Podiatrists

If you want to practice in the UK, you must register with the HCPC.
The HCPC Register stores the details of all health and care professionals who meet their standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health.

Application routes
The application route depends on whether you completed your training in the UK or internationally. If you have already been on the Register, regardless of where you trained, you’ll apply via readmission.

International applications process:
1 Submit forms and scrutiny fee
2 Receive confirmation letter and reference number
3 Processing and assessment
4 Decision letter : All applicants will receive a decision letter notifying them about the outcome of their application. In successful cases this will confirm their addition to the Register.
The whole process can take approximately 60 working days from receipt of your complete application.

If you submit documents that are not in English, you must also provide certified official translations. If you are applying from abroad, the British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission may be able to help you find a translator. In the UK, your own Embassy, Consulate or High Commission may be able to help.

Before you apply you must ensure that you read and understand the Standards of proficiency for your chosen profession. It is extremely important that you do this, as your application will be assessed against these. http://www.hpc-uk.org/standards/standards-of-proficiency/chiropodists-podiatrists/

More information on how to apply.

Q&A – What to know about podiatry in this country

Is there free access for patients?Yes
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?Yes
Is the podiatrist allowed to perform surgery?Podiatric Surgeons can perform surgery. A podiatrist BSc can perform minor surgery.
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?Prescribes orthotics and Manufactures orthotics
Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?Yes
Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?Yes
How many podiatrists are active in your country?In 2019, there were approximately 13 thousand podiatrists in employment.
Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?Yes
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?Yes

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