Find out more about our 2021 Award winners

The Royal College of Podiatry was delighted to host this year's Award winners at a lunch reception held at the House of Lords on 24 September. With thanks to our sponsors for the event: Marsh, RadcliffesLeBrasseur, and Sockshop

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Diamond Award

Nina Davies MSc Podiatry BSc (Hons) MRCPod

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Nina Davies MSc Podiatry BSc (Hons) MRCPod

Recipient of the Diamond Award

Nina is a clinician with diverse experience across populations, contributing nationally and internationally to advance the podiatry profession, particularly children’s podiatry.

Nina works for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust as an Advanced Podiatrist (Paediatrics), seconded as project lead, integrating the management of long-term conditions across Leeds for nurses and allied health professionals. She is a visiting lecturer at Staffordshire University, delivering contemporary modules in paediatrics for the MSc Podiatric Biomechanics programme, equipping the next generation of podiatrists for clinical practice.

Nina is actively involved in research to support her roles; this includes involvement in NIHR funded and independent projects associated with falls, orthotic use in children, podiatry outcome measures, idiopathic toe walking and children’s footwear.

Nina’s work provides clinical leadership and focuses on supporting podiatrists and health care professionals to deliver quality, evidence-based, patient and family centred care, integrating public health into clinical practice.

To raise the awareness of paediatric podiatry and support consistency of practice, Nina has led collaborative publications. These include the Royal College of Podiatry’s (RCPod’s) Children’s Podiatry Clinical Framework and policy positions. Nina regularly presents at conferences and actively participates in the Children’s Podiatry Special Advisory Group and online platforms.

The Diamond Award is the highest award within the Royal College of Podiatry. It is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate substantial, outstanding and exemplary contribution to the profession of podiatry over a sustained period of time and are recognised as eminent or pre-eminent in a given field of professional practice or public service at national or international level. At any one time there must not be more than 25 living recipients of the Diamond Award.

 

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Ernst Runting Medal for Distinguised Service

Mrs Sharon Louise Laughton MRCPod BSc

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Sharon Laughton BSc MRCPod

Recipient of the Ernst Runting Medal for Distinguished Service

Sharon volunteered for redeployment during COVID-19. It was an opportunity to demonstrate the transferable skills podiatrists have. Examples include being able to administer insulin, expertise in wound management and the ability to look holistically at patient care planning and assessment.

On arriving for service, the Community Nurse office said: ‘Oh she’s a podiatrist, send her out to see feet’. It was pointed out that podiatrists have many more skills.

Sharon was a real asset to the team. Patients have been kept out of hospital by podiatrists like Sharon delivering high-level care in the community. When the nurses realised that they had a lower limb expert as part of their team, they used these skills to do lower limb vascular assessments on patients with non-healing wounds or needing compression. Supervising staff were on hand to sign competencies off. 

Podiatry has certainly been promoted within Sharon’s region. Sharon has supported essential nursing services when staffing levels were low and improved patient care. When services have not wanted to see patients face-to-face, regardless of that patient’s COVID-19 status, Sharon has been there on the front line standing proud. 

The Ernst Runting Award is a unique award for the 2020/2021 period. It honours those podiatrists (or practice teams) who have taken a role during the COVID-19 crisis to support healthcare delivery or those who have contributed in other ways (at risk to themselves) to support the national effort. It extends to private practitioners, student volunteers or NHS workers who have continued to work in a frontline capacity; or contributed to the domestic effort in some other identifiable and tangible way that merits recognition.
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Ernst Runting Medal for Distinguised Service

Trevor Prior BSc Hons, FRCPodS, FFPM RCPS (Glasg), FRCPodM

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Trevor Prior BSc (Hons) FRCPodS FFPM RCPS (Glasg) FRCPodM

Recipient of the Ernst Runting Medal for Distinguished Service

Working across the three sectors of NHS, education and private practice brought many challenges during the pandemic. Trevor’s NHS base at Homerton was at the forefront of the first wave and, following an ITU upskilling course, his colleague Scott Reid and Trevor began working as proning team leads. More of the team joined them in subsequent waves and on one shift, most of the team were podiatrists.

Whilst there was some initial apprehension, working with a wide range of professions of all grades demonstrated teamwork at its very best. Proning became an integral part of trying to save many of the sickest patients. Although for many, it was unfortunately insufficient.

Trevor cannot praise enough all the staff who adapted to remote working and the dedication of those who continued to see the at-risk patients.

Working in the community and visiting patients’ homes, with the associated risks and when much of the country was fearful, demonstrated their commitment to patient care. That many patients avoided hospital admission is a testament to their skill.

Trevor is happy to accept this award on behalf of all his colleagues who worked through this pandemic and, in particular, the whole team at Hackney – he is honoured and privileged to be team lead.

The Ernst Runting Award is a unique award for the 2020/2021 period. It honours those podiatrists (or practice teams) who have taken a role during the COVID-19 crisis to support healthcare delivery or those who have contributed in other ways (at risk to themselves) to support the national effort. It extends to private practitioners, student volunteers or NHS workers who have continued to work in a frontline capacity; or contributed to the domestic effort in some other identifiable and tangible way that merits recognition.
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Ernst Runting Medal for Distinguised Service

Scott Reid FRCPodS

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Scott Reid FRCPodS

Recipient of the Ernst Runting Medal for Distinguished Service

Scott was redeployed to ITU at Homerton University Hospital between April and June 2020 and December to February 2021. He was drafted into the proning team when he started in ITU and was designated a Proning
Team Lead shortly after. His responsibilities included liaising with ITU and anaesthetic consultants regarding critically ill COVID-19 patients who required proning to improve their chances of survival. He would direct the proning process in conjunction with the anaesthetic air ways lead during his shifts.

Scott organised the team on a day-to-day basis and would supervise/train new members. He also worked as an ITU “bed buddy” during this period to assist ITU medical and nursing staff. During these deployments, Scott had to stay in a hotel and hospital accommodation, meaning he was absent from his family for much of the week.

The Ernst Runting Award is a unique award for the 2020/2021 period. It honours those podiatrists (or practice teams) who have taken a role during the COVID-19 crisis to support healthcare delivery or those who have contributed in other ways (at risk to themselves) to support the national effort. It extends to private practitioners, student volunteers or NHS workers who have continued to work in a frontline capacity; or contributed to the domestic effort in some other identifiable and tangible way that merits recognition.
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Ernst Runting Medal for Distinguished Service

Joanne Casey BSc (Hons) MRCPod

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Joanne Casey BSc (Hons) MRCPod

Recipient of the Ernst Runting Medal for Distinguished Service

Joanne is an Advanced Podiatrist who has been practising for over 19 years and divides her time between Kings College Hospital (KCH) in London and her private practice in Oxfordshire.

When the first wave hit in March 2020, Joanne’s passion and dedication to healthcare drove her to volunteer to work full-time on the front line at KCH to support the 450+ patients admitted, at its peak, with COVID-19. This involved using her transferable skills and some training to work as a Tissue Viability Nurse to treat COVID-19 infected and acute trauma patients. In addition, Joanne assisted with the training, co-ordinating and testing of FFP3 masks of all staff; was a nightshift runner on ICU, supported the dermatology department with their staff skin hub and delivered donated laundry bags, headbands/caps and scrubs.

Initially, Joanne continued to commute from Oxfordshire and hired a bike to get from Paddington, to avoid using tubes and buses. As the situation developed, she camped out on a friend’s floor near KCH, with a colleague to enable her to work longer hours, including weekends.

Joanne, like all health and social care workers during this pandemic, worked tirelessly and selflessly to put others before themselves in the face of fear and uncertainty. Joanne sees this award as a reflection and recognition of the professionalism shown by healthcare workers who responded to this global crisis.

The Ernst Runting Award is a unique award for the 2020/2021 period. It honours those podiatrists (or practice teams) who have taken a role during the COVID-19 crisis to support healthcare delivery or those who have contributed in other ways (at risk to themselves) to support the national effort. It extends to private practitioners, student volunteers or NHS workers who have continued to work in a frontline capacity; or contributed to the domestic effort in some other identifiable and tangible way that merits recognition.
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Honorary Citation

Rosie Furner BSc (Hons) Pharmacy MSc (Clinical Pharmacy) Independent Prescriber MRPharmS

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Rosie Furner BSc (Hons) Pharmacy MSc (Clinical Pharmacy) Independent Prescriber MRPharmS

Honorary Citation

Rosie registered in 1991 and started her pharmacist career working in hospitals. Whilst in the post, the department received a call from the school of podiatry at the local university in Brighton, seeking interested pharmacists to create and deliver training in pharmacology. This programme was being developed to address the need for practising podiatrists to gain their POMS certification. Rosie was keen to support this, as she enjoys the opportunity to share her love of pharmacy with other professional groups to support interprofessional learning, gaining an appreciation of each other’s skills and roles.

This close association opened several doors for Rosie. She has continued supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate podiatry programmes, which resulted in her first publication. She has presented at the RCPod conference and contributed to CPD days run by local branches, more widely and often in collaboration with university colleagues. During this time, she obtained her independent prescriber qualification, which, alongside her extensive podiatric experience, helped her successful application to the HCPC to approve prescribing programmes for HCPC registrants, which she continues to do.

Honorary Citations are awarded to individuals who are not members of the organisation, who have demonstrated that they deserve public recognition by contributing to the development of the profession in the spheres of research, new practice systems or other areas of benefit to the organisation or the profession.
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Honorary Citation

Victor Lawrence BSc MB BS PhD FRCP

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Victor Lawrence BSc MB BS PhD FRCP

Honorary Citation

Victor trained in London (UCL and Bart’s). After completing his PhD, he took up his current post as Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology at St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight. Together with colleagues in podiatry, Victor developed a strong and multidisciplinary diabetes foot care service that takes great pride in its low rates of major amputation.

In particular, Victor has nurtured extended scope roles of the team, including being a Designated Medical Practitioner for non-medical prescribing podiatry colleagues, who are now also trained in requesting blood tests, X rays, swabs, and other investigations. Victor developed the role of Consultant Podiatrist to which Stephanie Stanley was appointed in 2019. There is a strong emphasis on teaching and training within the service that attracts students from the University of Southampton, some of whom have subsequently joined the team after qualification.

Honorary Citations are awarded to individuals who are not members of the organisation, who have demonstrated that they deserve public recognition by contributing to the development of the profession in the spheres of research, new practice systems or other areas of benefit to the organisation or the profession.
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Honorary Fellowship

Hazel Winning OBE FRCOT

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Hazel Winning OBE FRCOT

Honorary Fellowship

Hazel recently retired from her role as AHP Lead Officer at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

After qualifying as an occupational therapist, Hazel worked in a range of clinical roles before moving into management and leadership positions.

As Department of Health Lead AHP Officer, Hazel was the most senior advisor in Northern Ireland (NI) Government on AHP matters, including podiatry. She provided professional advice to ensure the workforce was fit for purpose and in line with strategic and ministerial direction.

Hazel led on many initiatives and projects which have had a major impact on AHPs, including podiatry, such as regional supervision policy, leadership programmes for AHPs and educational commissioning for postgraduate education. Last year Hazel launched the AHP e-learning module. It will ensure that all future AHP staff employed within Health and Social Care in NI are aware of their part to play within the AHP collective group. A key recommendation of the 2012-2017 NI AHP strategy was to carry out workforce reviews for all AHPs, including podiatry.

Hazel also led the development of the NI AHP Advanced Practitioner Framework 2019 that provides clarity about the role of advanced practice. Hazel has been a great supporter of AHP professional bodies, including the Royal College of Podiatry. She has promoted the profession’s unique contribution so that it is recognised and valued within Health and Social Care. In 2020, Hazel was awarded an OBE for her significant contribution to Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.

Honorary Fellowship: The Royal College of Podiatry recognises a small group of individuals who would not normally qualify for fellowship as honorary fellows. Honorary fellowship is bestowed upon individuals who have made a substantive and significant contribution to the advancement of the podiatric profession in any of the fields of clinical practice, education, service management or research.
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Long Service Award

Clare Babbs DPodM BSc MRCPod

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Clare Babbs DPodM BSc MRCPod

Recipient of the Long Service Award

Clare qualified from the London Foot Hospital and gained
her degree at the University of Westminster in 1992.

After graduation, Clare joined Epsom NHS Trust. In 1996, Clare began working at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Shortly afterwards, she also took on the role of podiatrist at the Royal Marsden. Since 2003, Clare has worked in private practice to fit around family life, bringing up her two daughters Eloise and Alicia with her husband Colin. In 1993 Clare joined the Guildford branch, helping to organise the Guildford one day conference for many years as Vice Secretary and Secretary. In 2008 Clare relocated to Ashford with her family and soon after joined the Kent branch.

For the past ten years, Clare, as branch Secretary, has been working with the committee to provide education and a social network for Kent members. Clare has found podiatry a fulfilling career helping others.

It has enabled her to spend time with her family, meet interesting people
and make wonderful friends, especially at Kent branch.

The Long Service Award is awarded to members who have served on Council (for a minimum of two terms); as a representative of the organisation (a minimum of 10 years); as a branch for a substantial niumber of years (minimum 10 years); or on a committee of the English regions, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for a substantial number of years (minimum 10 years).
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Long Service Award

Janet Cawthorne DPodM MRCPod

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Janet Cawthorne DPodM MRCPod

Recipient of the Long Service Award

Janet qualified in 1987 at The Northern College of Podiatry. Over the last 33 years, she has spent nine years in the NHS, within the Yorkshire region. Her first post was a Senior II Podiatrist in Doncaster NHS and Barnsley NHS. She was then promoted to Senior I Podiatrist in Doncaster NHS. She helped to set up the Dermatology and Rheumatology Clinic at
Doncaster Royal Infirmary. She was also involved in nail surgery and MSK work. Her last post within the NHS was with Leeds Health Authority as Chief IV Management, responsible for a team of podiatrists in podopaediatrics. She was also involved in the Foot and Hand Clinic at St James Hospital (Jimmy’s).

For the last 14 years up to the present, Janet has worked to deliver expert services to the general public in her private practice in Barnsley. Over the last 12 years, she has helped South Yorkshire branch as the Education Officer, Union Learning Rep, Chair, Secretary, and Delegate Assembly Officer.

The Long Service Award is awarded to members who have served on Council (for a minimum of two terms); as a representative of the organisation (a minimum of 10 years); as a branch for a substantial niumber of years (minimum 10 years); or on a committee of the English regions, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for a substantial number of years (minimum 10 years).
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Long Service Award

Steven Childs BSc (Hons) MRCPod

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Steven Childs BSc (Hons) MRCPod

Recipient of the Long Service Award

Steve graduated from the University of Brighton in 1998 and has mainly worked in the NHS in East London. He currently works as the Biomechanics/Paediatrics Lead at North East London Foundation Trust where he has been in his post since 2015. Steve’s current interests are podopaediatrics, MSK pathology and biomechanics.

Steve joined the London Postgraduate Study Group (LPSG) Committee in 2001 before being elected as CPD Organiser in 2005 when the LPSG became the London district branch of the then Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. After a year’s sabbatical spent travelling, Steve rejoined the committee in 2007 and was elected in dual roles as Secretary and CPD Coordinator which he carried out until early 2017 before stepping down. He was also the London district branch’s South-east Regional Committee (SERC) representative from 2008-17. Additionally, he represented the branch at various Delegate Assemblies.

Steve was instrumental, along with Nat Padhiar and Maire Murphy, in setting up the annual Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference, which began in 2012 to coincide with the hosting of the Olympics in London that year.

The Long Service Award is awarded to members who have served on Council (for a minimum of two terms); as a representative of the organisation (a minimum of 10 years); as a branch for a substantial niumber of years (minimum 10 years); or on a committee of the English regions, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for a substantial number of years (minimum 10 years).
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Long Service Award

Debbie Delves MSc FRCPodM FFPM RCPS(Glas)

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Debbie Delves MSc FRCPodM FFPM RCPS(Glas)

Recipient of the Long Service Award

Debbie has been awarded the Long Service Award in honour of her work for the Kent branch and South-east Regional Committee of the College.

Debbie first joined the committee of the Kent branch in 2004 and became their chairman in 2005, a position which she held until 2016 when she was elected to Chair of Council of both the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) and the College of Podiatry.

During her tenure on the Kent branch committee, she was Course Organiser from 2005-2008 ensuring that Kent branch members were provided with high-quality CPD. She was also Kent Delegate to the Annual Delegate Assembly from 2006-2008 – and simultaneously the Delegate Assembly representative on the Legislative Affairs Committee of SCP.

Debbie was elected to represent Kent branch on the South East Regional Committee (SERC), which she did from 2004 and she chaired SERC from 2006 until 2008 when she had to stand down due to her election to Council. Debbie was a committed member of both committees, working tirelessly for many years to promote the profession and support members at branch and regional level.

The Long Service Award is awarded to members who have served on Council (for a minimum of two terms); as a representative of the organisation (a minimum of 10 years); as a branch for a substantial niumber of years (minimum 10 years); or on a committee of the English regions, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for a substantial number of years (minimum 10 years).
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Long Service Award

Phil Emery MRCPod

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Phil Emery MRCPod

Recipient of the Long Service Award

Phil qualified as a podiatrist from Chelsea school in 1978 and worked briefly within the NHS and then started working within private practice in 1981. He set up his own private practice in Whitstable in 1985.

He went on to obtain his Honours degree at Central London Polytechnic in 1991. He was treasurer of Kent branch from 2008 to 2021.

The Long Service Award is awarded to members who have served on Council (for a minimum of two terms); as a representative of the organisation (a minimum of 10 years); as a branch for a substantial niumber of years (minimum 10 years); or on a committee of the English regions, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for a substantial number of years (minimum 10 years).
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Long Service Award

Alistair Ferguson

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Alistair Ferguson

Recipient of the Long Service Award

Alistair qualified at the Glasgow School of Chiropody in 1976. He then worked for five years for North Yorkshire Area Health Authority before commencing in private practice in York city centre in 1981. In the same year, he became the founder chairman of the York branch of the Society which later became known as the North Yorkshire branch and served various periods as chairman to date. 

He was also involved with the North East Area branch committee from the inception of the local branch as its representative and became chairman of the North Eastern Regional branch committee. Alistair served as chairman of this committee continuously until 2016.

He recently retired from private practice after thirty-eight years, the latter thirty-one years in shared practice with his friend and colleague, John Knowles.

The Long Service Award is awarded to members who have served on Council (for a minimum of two terms); as a representative of the organisation (a minimum of 10 years); as a branch for a substantial niumber of years (minimum 10 years); or on a committee of the English regions, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for a substantial number of years (minimum 10 years).
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Long Service Award

Elaine McLaughlin BSc MRCPod

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Elaine McLaughlin BSc MRCPod

Recipient of the Long Service Award

Elaine was one of the first podiatry degree graduates from Durham School in 1993. Later that year, she established Carlisle Road Foot Care. Three premises later, Elaine now has a bespoke podiatry clinic employing fourteen staff, six of whom are podiatrists. Elaine has been an active member of the Northern Ireland branch over the years, holding the roles of treasurer and Private Practice Representative.

Elaine aims to provide a first-class service ensuring both staff and patients are happy.

The Long Service Award is awarded to members who have served on Council (for a minimum of two terms); as a representative of the organisation (a minimum of 10 years); as a branch for a substantial niumber of years (minimum 10 years); or on a committee of the English regions, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for a substantial number of years (minimum 10 years).
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Long Service Award

Reverend Julian Sadowski MSc

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Reverend Julian Sadowski MSc

Recipient of the Long Service Award

Julian obtained State Registration in July 1969 after completion of three years of study at the London Foot Hospital. He commenced his private practice partnership with his wife and reinstituted the East Anglia branch, to which he was honoured to serve as treasurer/secretary and vice-chairman up until 2018.

He gained the Society Teaching Certificate course at the London Foot Hospital with a City and Guilds at Chiswick Polytechnic, qualifying in July 1976. He also took part in Podiatry Association courses in skin surgery with local analgesia part b at Southend General. To this end, he participated and passed Part Five Surgery training at Chelsea Foot Hospital and London Foot Hospital.

From 1992 he undertook the BSc two-year degree programme and MSc part-time headed by Mike Potter at Brighton University, gaining the award in July 2000. Julian’s project interest being electrosurgery for the resolution of foot lesions.

He divides his time between his roles as a Tissue Viability Band 6 and private podiatry in the city of Norwich.

The Long Service Award is awarded to members who have served on Council (for a minimum of two terms); as a representative of the organisation (a minimum of 10 years); as a branch for a substantial niumber of years (minimum 10 years); or on a committee of the English regions, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for a substantial number of years (minimum 10 years).
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Long Service Award

Hamish Stewart FRCPodM FFPM RCPS Glas

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Hamish Stewart FRCPodM FFPM RCPS Glas

Recipient of the Long Service Award

Hamish graduated in 1980 from the Edinburgh School of Chiropody. He was a staff side representative for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists from 1986 to 2007 and became a Senior I Podiatrist in 1986 with a special interest in foot orthoses and biomechanics. Between 1990 and 2015 he worked part-time in the private practice partnership Stewart & Jones.

He became a Fellow of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in 2008 and was Podiatry Lead/Manager for Caithness and Sutherland trust from 2008 to 2013. He has been a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow since 2012. He was a Podiatry Lead at north unit NHS Highland from 2013 to 2020 and retired in 2020. Hamish has also been a member and chairman of the Highland branch of the College for several years.

Hamish has been very lucky to work in a wonderful part of Scotland, possibly the best in the United Kingdom. He has worked in a profession that has developed from felt pads and nail cuts to one with sophisticated gait analysis and orthoses production, foot surgery, wound care, acupuncture, manipulation therapy, becoming prescribers of medicines, steroid injectors and ultrasound users.

The Long Service Award is awarded to members who have served on Council (for a minimum of two terms); as a representative of the organisation (a minimum of 10 years); as a branch for a substantial niumber of years (minimum 10 years); or on a committee of the English regions, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for a substantial number of years (minimum 10 years).
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Meritorious Award

Andy Bridgen BSc (Hons) MSc PhD MRCPod FHEA

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Andy Bridgen BSc (Hons) MSc PhD MRCPod FHEA

Recipient of the Meritorious Award

Andy is Postgraduate Course Leader and Senior lecturer in podiatry at the University of Huddersfield. He runs all the postgraduate courses at Huddersfield including MSc Podiatry, MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery and the new Master of Podiatric Surgery. He has worked with the Royal College of Podiatry to develop the new Master of Podiatric Surgery course and to gain HCPC approval. This course leads to eligibility to apply for annotation as a podiatrist practising podiatric surgery. 

He has worked at Huddersfield since 2004, before this he worked as a podiatrist for Harrogate Health NHS Trust and Mancunian Community NHS Trust. Andy’s areas of interest are musculoskeletal podiatry, podiatric biomechanics, and evidence-based practice. In September 2017, he completed his PhD entitled ‘a hermeneutic enquiry into how MSK podiatrists interpret and use evidence in practice’.

The Meritorious Award is awarded to members outside Council who have given significant and devoted service to the organisation or the profession, for example through a sustained contribution to a particular sphere of professional activity (eg diabetes, biomechanics, new practice systems) of benefit to the organisation or the profession.
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Meritorious Award

Ben Yates BSc (Hons) MSc FRCPodS FACPS

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Ben Yates BSc (Hons) MSc FRCPodS FACPS

Recipient of the Meritorious Award

Ben has been Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon since 2003. He has pioneered podiatric surgical management of the high-risk foot in the UK, has lectured at national and international conferences and authored several papers in this subject area. He has developed a podiatric surgical fellowship of the high-risk foot programme.

Ben was formerly the Head of Podiatry at both University College Northampton and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He was the sole editor of “Assessment of the Lower Limb - 3rd edition” published in 2009. He worked for two charities in Kolkata, India for six months in 1992 treating leprosy patients and undertook surgical missions in both the Ukraine and Vietnam. He has been on the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery board for ten years as chair of the Central and Wales deanery. Ben helped develop the successful HCPC annotation of podiatric surgery programmes and authored the memorandum of understanding with the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons. He chaired the faculty’s annual surgical conference from 2014 to 2016.

The Meritorious Award is awarded to members outside Council who have given significant and devoted service to the organisation or the profession, for example through a sustained contribution to a particular sphere of professional activity (eg diabetes, biomechanics, new practice systems) of benefit to the organisation or the profession.
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Meritorious Award

Allan Wood BSc(Hons) MSc EdD DPodM FRCPodM FFPM RCPS (Glasgow)

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Allan Wood BSc(Hons) MSc EdD DPodM FRCPodM FFPM RCPS (Glasgow)

Recipient of the Meritorious Award

Allan’s background has been in education, working both in the NHS and university sectors of podiatric medicine, where he developed extensive clinical experience and management skills as Principal of the London Foot Hospital.

At the same time, he remained grounded in the clinical practice of the profession running a long-standing private practice. He has championed the role of private practice within the Society and then the College. He was elected to the Committee for Private Practice over 14 years ago and for a number of those years has been Chair or Vice-Chair representing the private practice interests on many College committees and initiatives. He was the first Dean of the Private Practice Faculty in the College and is the current Chair of the Independent Practice Group. Allan has represented many College committees and is an active branch member.

The Meritorious Award is awarded to members outside Council who have given significant and devoted service to the organisation or the profession, for example through a sustained contribution to a particular sphere of professional activity (eg diabetes, biomechanics, new practice systems) of benefit to the organisation or the profession.
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Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

Selina Begum BSc (Hons) MSc BSc Podiatry FRCPodS

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Selina Begum BSc (Hons) MSc BSc Podiatry FRCPodS

Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

Selina graduated with a BSc (Hons) at the University of Brighton in 2006. Since then, she has worked as a specialist in orthopaedic footwear in various NHS Trusts. Selina thrives on teamwork, and this has encouraged her to work closely with her colleagues to achieve positive outcomes for patients with complex foot pathologies as well as service development.

Selina attained a Masters in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery at the University of Huddersfield in 2015 and completed her surgical training with Mr Julian Pavier at Newark Hospital, achieving Fellowship in Podiatric Surgery in 2019. Selina currently is striving to continue her surgical training and ultimately has a desire to become a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon and lead her own department.

Fellowship of the College of Podiatry marks the point in a professional’s career where their expertise in a sub-specialty of Podiatry is recognised. The Fellowship recognises the practitioner’s dedication to their patients, to their careers and to the academic advancement of both themselves and the profession. It takes the culmination of many years of diligence, commitment and endeavour to achieve the Fellowship in both Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Surgery with practitioners dedicating many hours towards self-directed learning, courses of study to increase their knowledge and developing their skill base to become the very best practitioner they can be. Their patients and the profession are the ones that reap the rewards of all this effort.
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Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

Rebeca Gomez FRCPodS

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Rebeca Gomez FRCPodS

Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

Rebeca Gomez is a graduate in Podiatric Medicine (Durham and Sunderland University). She has undergone extensive postgraduate education in Scotland (Queen Margaret and Glasgow Caledonian Universities) as well as in Barcelona, Spain (Barcelona’s Autonoma University and Bages University Foundation).

Since 2015, Rebeca has been a guest lecturer at the University of Brighton. Her work in both the NHS and private sector with athletes has given her extensive experience to assess and treat musculoskeletal and podopaediatric conditions, perform surgery and treat complex cases, including the high-risk foot.

Fellowship of the College of Podiatry marks the point in a professional’s career where their expertise in a sub-specialty of Podiatry is recognised. The Fellowship recognises the practitioner’s dedication to their patients, to their careers and to the academic advancement of both themselves and the profession. It takes the culmination of many years of diligence, commitment and endeavour to achieve the Fellowship in both Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Surgery with practitioners dedicating many hours towards self-directed learning, courses of study to increase their knowledge and developing their skill base to become the very best practitioner they can be. Their patients and the profession are the ones that reap the rewards of all this effort.
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Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

Andrea Gledhill FRCPodS

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Andrea Gledhill FRCPodS

Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

It has been Andrea’s career-long ambition since the age of 18 years old to succeed as a Podiatric Surgeon. An ambition that became reality following the birth of her two children in 2008 and 2010, when she returned to her studies. Andrea began her MSc in Podiatric Surgery in 2011 and achieved her Fellowship in October 2019 under the tutelage of Mr Stephen Finney.

Since then, Andrea has undertaken Independent Prescribing and Annotation and in 2021 she secured a Podiatric Surgical Registrar position with Mr Ben Yates and Mr Matthew Cichero at The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she is working towards her Certificate of Completion in Podiatric Surgery Training.

Fellowship of the College of Podiatry marks the point in a professional’s career where their expertise in a sub-specialty of Podiatry is recognised. The Fellowship recognises the practitioner’s dedication to their patients, to their careers and to the academic advancement of both themselves and the profession. It takes the culmination of many years of diligence, commitment and endeavour to achieve the Fellowship in both Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Surgery with practitioners dedicating many hours towards self-directed learning, courses of study to increase their knowledge and developing their skill base to become the very best practitioner they can be. Their patients and the profession are the ones that reap the rewards of all this effort.
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Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

Julian Head BSc MSc PGDip FRCPodS

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Julian Head BSc MSc PGDip FRCPodS

Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

Julian was a successful podiatrist before commencing podiatric surgical training. He achieved a PGDip qualification in podiatric surgery in 2014, an MSc in podiatry theory in 2019 and a fellowship qualification in 2019.

Fellowship of the College of Podiatry marks the point in a professional’s career where their expertise in a sub-specialty of Podiatry is recognised. The Fellowship recognises the practitioner’s dedication to their patients, to their careers and to the academic advancement of both themselves and the profession. It takes the culmination of many years of diligence, commitment and endeavour to achieve the Fellowship in both Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Surgery with practitioners dedicating many hours towards self-directed learning, courses of study to increase their knowledge and developing their skill base to become the very best practitioner they can be. Their patients and the profession are the ones that reap the rewards of all this effort.
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Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

Jade Tang BSc (Hons) MSc FRCPodS

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Jade Tang BSc (Hons) MSc FRCPodS

Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (FRCPodS)

Jade is an independent prescriber and is proudly annotated as a Podiatric Surgeon. In 2018, she established a southern deanery journal club for surgeons in and around the London area and has chaired and presented in both regional and national surgical conferences.

Jade graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the University of East London in 2010. After qualifying, she went on to work as a podiatrist for Homerton NHS Trust. Jade gained experience in routine care, the high-risk foot, and biomechanics. Jade achieved a Masters in Podiatric Surgery at the University of Huddersfield in 2015 and completed her surgical training at West Middlesex University NHS Trust.

Jade achieved a fellowship in Podiatric Surgery in 2019.

Fellowship of the College of Podiatry marks the point in a professional’s career where their expertise in a sub-specialty of Podiatry is recognised. The Fellowship recognises the practitioner’s dedication to their patients, to their careers and to the academic advancement of both themselves and the profession. It takes the culmination of many years of diligence, commitment and endeavour to achieve the Fellowship in both Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Surgery with practitioners dedicating many hours towards self-directed learning, courses of study to increase their knowledge and developing their skill base to become the very best practitioner they can be. Their patients and the profession are the ones that reap the rewards of all this effort.
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