Multi-Professional Advanced Capabilities Framework for Lower Limb Viability

Health Education England has commissioned the development of a Lower Limb Advanced Clinical Practice Capabilities Framework. The framework will aim to identify and describe the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to deliver high quality, compassionate care and support.

Many thousands of patients receive healthcare for an underlying illness or condition that puts their legs and feet at increased risk of injury and disability. Examples of these conditions include poor circulation leading to fragile skin that injures easily and takes a long time to heal and lack of feeling in the feet or lower legs which may mean that injuries go un-noticed and lead to ulceration. People with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, peripheral arterial disease and peripheral nerve damage (neuropathy) can be prone to these kinds of conditions.

The purpose of the framework is to support development and planning of the workforce, to inform the design of curricula and the delivery of education and training programmes.

A steering group comprising key stakeholder organisations (including the College of Podiatry and practitioners from across the UK) led the development process. To align with other frameworks for advanced clinical practice, it is anticipated that the final framework will be completed and launched in March 2021.

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