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The RCPod seeks views on its strategy for 2025 to 2030. Members and stakeholders are invited to share their views by 5pm on Friday 9 August

The Royal College of Podiatry (RCPod) has today published an online consultation seeking views and ideas on how to implement and enrich our strategic activity plan for the next five-year period starting in January 2025.

The review outlines five new objectives to underpin a strategic ambition to halt the decline in the number of podiatrists and grow the profession over the next five years. It considers the challenges the profession faces including access to undergraduate podiatry programmes, high vacancy rates and the ability to meet patient need. 

The consultation also proposes a new long-term purpose for the RCPod, as well as a set of associated missions and values. These statements have been designed to explain podiatry to the outside world and communicate the work that the profession and the organisation do.

RCPod Chief Executive Officer and General Secretary, Jane Pritchard, said:

“I encourage all those with an interest in the RCPod to share their thoughts with us about our proposed strategy for 2025 to 2030. The profession faces many challenges, including recruitment into the profession, retaining those who already work in it, improving and expanding education and how we embrace and adapt to technological innovation. Our role as a professional body is to work with the profession and our members to meet these challenges whilst ensuring that we undertake the work necessary to renew the organisation’s internal systems and processes to deliver on our ambitions. We very much welcome views on the opportunities and challenges that we highlight.”

The deadline for responding to the consultation is 5pm on Friday 9 August 2024, with the final strategy due to be published in the last quarter of 2024.

You can read the strategy document here.

You can complete the consultation response form here.