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Core Podiatry Team

The core podiatry team is made up of podiatrists responsible for delivering podiatry within community clinics, residential and nursing homes, some GP practices, patients homes if they are bedbound, and in out-reach clinics for homeless people. The podiatry service provides clinics throughout Sheffield; please click here for a list of current clinics.
All new referrals are triaged by colleagues in the empowerment team and referred for any follow up treatment to podiatrists at the patient’s choice of clinic.

A treatment plan is drawn up between the podiatrist and patient taking into account the patients’ medical and surgical history, any medication the patient is taking, the patients’ ability to self-care and the severity of any foot problem. The team treat patients with diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, patients on long term steroids and patients with a severe podiatric need. Follow up care is based on clinical need.

An internal referral can be made to our colleagues in nail surgery and the Northern General Hospital or Royal Hallamshire Hospital for specialist diabetes care/rheumatology or to our podiatry assistants for supportive foot care. Community podiatrists also liaise with practice and community nursing teams, GPs, mental health teams and other members of the primary care team.

Clinical supervision for the group takes place regularly for dissemination of service information by the clinical lead, particularly affecting front line staff such as Continuing Professional Development and clinical governance issues, the discussion of interesting case studies, any ideas to improve and share clinical practice and annual appraisal arrangement.

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