Podiatric Surgical Training for Podiatrists

This Podiatric Surgical Training for Podiatrists course delivered by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, with support from NHS Education for Scotland.

The course is for Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered podiatrists who have an interest in surgery and who may also already working in an multidisciplinary orthopaedic/MSK service.

Podiatric Surgical Training for Podiatrists: The course in brief

The course will allow you to gain the necessary skills to carry out a range of forefoot procedures in accordance with an agreed scope of practice. It is a competency-based course which articulates with the Professional Doctorate programme at QMU.

This is the first HCPC approved surgical training course in the UK. It is important to note that this course is separate and distinct from the course offered by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and is not currently recognised for their fellowship award nor the College of Podiatry award of completion of podiatric surgical training.

This course offers specialist placements in plastic surgery vascular and anaesthetics.

On successful completion of the procedural log and academic modules you will be eligible to sit a final clinical exam which, if successful, will lead to the award of a Certificate in Podiatric Surgery. They will also be eligible to proceed to stage two of the clinical doctorate programme.

How will I be taught?

Structure, duration, delivery and outcomes

Structure: You will complete three modules.

Duration: 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Delivery: At QMU and on placement

Outcome: Certificate in Podiatric Surgery (230 credits at level 12)

Teaching, learning and assessment

This competencies based training programme will be primarily based within an orthopaedic department. This will provide the trainee with exposure to new patient assessment clinics, pre- admission and post-op clinics, as well as surgical sessions with either a consultant podiatrist or orthopaedic surgeon. The trainee will collect evidence through workplace-based assessments and a procedural log to demonstrate the development of required competencies. In addition, the student will complete three modules which form the taught component of the QMU Professional Doctorate and will necessitate block attendance at the University. These modules provide the trainee with a formal educational component which provides an opportunity to reflect on their clinical practice and develop a learning plan based on their individual needs, as well as providing research training required for consultant level practice.

By linking the course to the Professional Doctorate, the Podiatric Surgical Training for Podiatrists aspires to develop consultant level podiatrists that are competent and confident in using their skills to tackle emergent problems in their practice. The course recognises that consultant level podiatrists are required to demonstrate not only excellent clinical skills, but also high level skills in leadership, change management, teaching and research to deal with the fast changing healthcare environment and emerging clinical evidence and technologies linked to their area of work. The structure of the course is primarily embedded in clinical practice, yet combines workplace-based learning with academic work, so will allow the development of such capabilities.

Teaching hours and attendance

Teaching at QMU is delivered in blocks of attendance at QMU and blocks of placements.

You will be required to attend QMU for one week of teaching per mod.

You will also be required to carry out three blocks of placements throughout the course. This could be carried out in your current workplace or on an agreed attachment to an orthopaedic department in another Health board. You will be supervised on these placements by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and a consultant podiatrist (surgery). Assessment will be through work-based placed assessments, course work and a final clinical exam.


  • Advancing Professional Practice A (Podiatric Surgery) (90 credits)
  • Advancing Professional Practice B (Podiatric Surgery) (90 credits)
  • Doctoral Research (60 credits)


You will already be working in an advance or extended scope role. The course will allow you to gain the necessary skills to carry out a range of forefoot procedures in accordance with an agreed scope of practice and prepare for consultant level practice.

Podiatric Surgical Training for Podiatrists: Entry requirements and application information

Essential Entry Requirements:

  • MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery or equivalent
  • HCPC Registered Podiatrist
  • At least 2 year post graduate experience within a specialist area of practice (MSK / Orthopaedics)
  • Certificate in Local Anaesthesia and annotated on the register for Prescriptions Only Medicines-Administration
  • Annotated on the HCPC register for Prescription Only Medicines –Sale and Supply

 Desired entry requirements:

  • Administering steroid injections
  • Non-invasive podiatry procedures (eg joint injections)
  • Reviewing patients pre and post operatively
  • Involvement in audit and research
  • Drug prescribing (qualify for independent/supplementary prescribing).

Other: In addition any prospective trainee must have agreement from their AHP Director/Head of Podiatry Services.

Interview: Selection will be by interview and the offer of a place will be determined by placement capacity within the host healthboard.


For more information on application details, please contact John Veto

Application deadline



TBC for 2023 entry

Start date

Usually September. For confirmation of the next start date, please contact the staff member named below.

More information and QMU contacts

For more information and application details, please contact John Veto

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