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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 16/09/2020.

Podiatry Assistant

Job Reference: 317-2020-37-38-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Community Podiatry
317 Geoffrey Rhodes Centre
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

Podiatrists treat disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. The department works across the Newcastle Hospitals trust, but is based largely in the community. We are looking for a podiatry assistant to work 37.5 hours a week, across the service and to be flexible to its needs. The role is to support the podiatrists in their clinical practise, support the Diabetes centre clinics, nail surgery clinics and to manage their own caseload of pre-assessed patients. This is a practical role, treating patients and managing a caseload of diabetic and non-diabetic patients.

The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate good communication skills, ability to manage noncompliance and confrontation.

Ability to work independently but also as part of a team.

Ability to prioritize own work load according to the needs of the patients the service and the clinicians.

Comfortable working with older people.

To have good IT skills – the podiatry department use an electronic patient record and booking system.

Willingness to learn – you will be required to complete a level 3 NVQ and undertake the in house Podiatry assistant training.

Willingness to be involved with wound care- remove dressings and redress wounds that may be unpleasant to look at and have a strong odour.

Demonstrate manual dexterity- ability to manage podiatric instruments and drills, and to provide care to up to 18 patients per day.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate :

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Be comfortable working under direction/supervision

Have a keen sense of responsibility

Be enthusiastic

Be able to work independently but also as part of a team

A driving license and willingness to use a car for work is essential as the successful applicant will be expected to travel between clinics, attend care home sessions and manage their own domiciliary caseload.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Lesley McIntosh

Podiatry Head of Service

Email address

Telephone number 0191 28 23429

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