High Risk Foot: Advanced Clinical Practice Capabilities Framework

Health Education England has commissioned the development of an Advanced Clinical Practice Capabilities Framework for those working with individuals with High Risk Foot conditions. 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 limbs which may mean that injuries go un-noticed and lead to ulceration and ultimately to loss of the foot or limb. People with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, peripheral arterial disease and peripheral nerve damage (neuropathy) can be prone to these kinds of conditions. Foot and ankle musculoskeletal conditions also frequently lead to deformities and pain.

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) will guide the development process, which will include a review of existing source documents and development of a draft framework ready for wider consultation.

Register to be involved: To register your interest, please complete the form below. You will then be invited to take part in an online survey as part of the consultation process (expected June 2019).