Monica - Podiatrist

Who’s this?

I’m Monica and I am a Podiatrist, working at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

What does that mean?

Podiatrists are health care professionals who are trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs

Why did you choose this job?

I enjoy the challenge of treating people with a variety of health conditions. After going through the process of assessment and diagnosis, with just a few skilled strokes of a scalpel or use of orthotics I can immediately reduce pain, increase comfort, activity levels and the patient’s independence. It’s a good feeling

What is the best part of your job?

? I am a people person and I love the daily interaction with patients and my podiatry colleagues plus, the autonomy the role brings

Is your job stressful and how do you cope with stress?

I really love my job and but sometimes wish I had more hours in the day to get everything done! I de-stress by walking, listening to music and spending time with my family

What does your typical day look like?

I see patients at a local community clinic; where I trea patients with a range of chronic health conditions who are all at high risk of foot ulceration. I also see patients in an emergency clinic with a variety of foot problems. It really is a mixed bag and it’s a case of thinking on your feet as you never know what emergency foot condition will walk through the door! Some days I visit patients in their own homes too

What have you done that has made you most proud at work?

I am extremely committed to my role and I can say that I am proud of the quality of podiatry care I provide on a daily basis

What do you want to achieve in the next 5 years at work?

I am working towards a Master of Science in Diabetes, I hope to secure a band 7 role and become more involved in clinic-based research

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Podiatrist normally starts at a Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Podiatrist where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Podiatrist section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.