Careers in Podiatry

One of the great benefits of Podiatry is the flexible and varied career opportunities. A Podiatry degree is a golden ticket career that can lead to a wide range of roles and a life time of opportunities!

As a qualified Podiatrist the following are all possible:

  • NHS employee working as a hospital or community clinician or in a management role
  • Business owner running a private practice
  • Medical sales representative
  • Lecturer or researcher working in a university
  • Self employed locum working in private practices and private hospitals
  • Clinician working overseas
  • Representative or technician working with one of the associated trade organisations
  • NHS Consultant Podiatrist
  • Specialist practitioner working in podiatric surgery

Many practitioners work in a combination of these different roles to give them greater job satisfaction and flexible working hours to suit their home life!

Another great benefit of being a Podiatrist is that many of the roles provide very clear career progression. For example the following shows the structure of NHS Podiatry and a potential career path. This structure is also used in a number of other clinical working environments.

  • Entry level Podiatrist (band 5)
  • Specialist Podiatrist (band 6)
  • Team leader, Advanced Podiatrist (band 7)
  • Podiatric Surgeon or Specialist Registrar in Podiatric Surgery (band 8a–8d)
  • Consultant Podiatric Surgeon (band 9)
  • Consultant Podiatrist (band 8b-8d)
  • Podiatry Manager or AHP lead (band 8b-8d)
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How much can I earn once I am qualified?

Putting a number to it is not that easy but here are a few examples.

Working in the NHS

  • Podiatrist (band 5) £25,655 to £31,534
  • Specialist podiatrist (band 6) £32,306 to £39,027
  • Team leader, Advanced podiatrist (band 7) £40,057 to £45,839
  • Specialist Registrar in Podiatric Surgery or Consultant Podiatrist in Podiatric Medicine (band 8 a – d) £47,126 to £90,387
  • Consultant Podiatric Surgeon (band 9) £93,735 to £108,075

Working in Private Practice

  • Working in a private practice you can earn around £20,000 – £50,000 per annum
  • Owning a successful single chair private practice you can earn around £50,0000 – £250,000
  • Owning a successful multi-chair private practice you can earn around £100,000 – £500,000
  • Owning a successful multi-site private practice you can earn around £150,000 – £1,000,000+

Scope of Podiatry

There's a lot more to Podiatry than many people realise. Most Podiatrists start their professional life working in general clinics. As their career progresses and their clinical skills develop, many identify areas of practice that really interest them and so they steer their career in that direction.

Maybe one of these areas of clinical practice would interest you:

  • Diabetes
  • Wound care
  • Paediatric biomechanics
  • Sports injuries
  • Rheumatology
  • Orthotic manufacture
  • Nail surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Biomechanics
  • Gait and pressure analysis

Working in the UK

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Career Opportunities

The benefit of an honours degree in podiatry means you are able to work in both the NHS and Private setting. Having exposure to the vast array of clinical conditions affecting a person’s feet can lead you in many different areas of practice. Options include sports podiatry, surgery, dermatology, paediatrics and now forensics along with staying in education and teaching settings. Being able to specialise but also maintain a broad clinical practice enables you to keep your options wide open.

Podiatry In Practice

The huge variety of conditions that a podiatrist treats lends itself to a broad clinical experience in practice. The option to specialise & develop your practice in one area means that you can focus your work should this be something you wish to embark on.

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Practice Surgery
Nail Surgery
Podiatric Clinic