The College recognises and fully supports the fundamental role research plays in working towards high quality evidence based care and while academic and research-active members will likely have access to highly structured mechanisms to support and safeguard ethical conduct in research, not all members are able to access such support. Nevertheless, all practitioners are actively encouraged by the both college and the HCPC 1,2 (Standard 14.16-14.20) to contribute to the development of the profession of podiatry, for example through engagement with low-risk (especially non-research) evaluations of practice, and submission of audits and case histories for publication. 

Becoming an early career researcher has its challenges and so obtaining support from experienced colleagues and organisations will go a long way to getting you started.

Support for research 

The Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) was created in 2014 and has made it it's mission to develop AHP research, strengthen evidence of the professions’ value and impact for enhancing service user and community care, and enable the professions to speak with one voice on research issues, thereby raising their profile and increasing their influence.  CAHPR has established research hubs around the UK that can offer support and advice and so visit their site for more information.

Different types of postgraduate research experience and training can be obtained by completing an internship or by studying towards a postgraduate certificate/diploma, a masters degree or a doctoral degree e.g. a PhD.

As a helpful start, the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a professional development framework for researchers in higher education. It articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers, helping them to realise their potential.  Also, Health Education England has developed a clinical academic framework for AHPs, nurses and midwives who wish to combine career in clinical practice and research.

Why podiatrists do research. Webinar for newly-qualified podiatrists

This resource has been produced by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network, Yorkshire and Humber, in collaboration with a number of key contributors (Professor Jane Nixon PhD, RN, MBE, Professor of Tissue Viability and Clinical Trials Research; Dr Lisa Farndon, PhD, FRCPodM, CSci, FFPM RCPS(Glasg) Clinical Research Podiatrist/Research Lead, and Professor Anne-Maree Keenan OBE, Professor of Applied Health Research).

Its aim is to explore:

  • Why we do research
  • The impact of research
  • Research as part of the podiatrist’s role and
  • The role of a research podiatrist.

A guide to starting out in clinical academic research

With a grant from UK Research and Innovation (Enhancing Research Culture), the School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, has produced a series of 10 free, short films offering advice and tips for clinicians on engaging in research and/or pursuing a clinical academic career.

Access A guide to starting out in clincial academic research here.

Useful links

FutureLearn partners with top international universities and specialist organisations to offer a wide range of online courses and degrees. Here are just some of the courses that they offer to support research: