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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/10/2020.

Apprentice Podiatrist - Band 3

Job Reference: 327-20-719

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£19,737 to £21,142 per annum

We love what we do and we think you will, too!

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed in October 2019, following the merger of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The two Trusts joined together to provide integrated mental health, physical health and learning disability services to communities.

Job Title – Apprentice Podiatrist – Band 3

Base – Cheltenham

Salary – £19,737 to £21,142

Hours per week – 37.5

1 x Fixed Term contract/secondment opportunity for up to 38 months

*Internal applicants who wish to be considered for a secondment opportunity should discuss with their line manager the suitability of a possible secondment

Please be aware that should the number of applications reach a threshold the closing date may be brought forward.


Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust Podiatry Service have an exciting opportunity for a podiatry apprentice to join our innovative and supportive podiatry team. The graduate Podiatry Apprenticeship programme is a new fully funded route towards qualification as a HCPC registered Podiatrist.

Podiatrists are registered healthcare professionals specialising in the lower limb (feet, ankles, legs), providing high quality clinical care to people of all ages. A Podiatrist’s job is to work to protect people’s feet, providing preventative advice, care, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of problems affecting the lower limb.

What’s involved?

The apprenticeship is a three year programme of work based learning that is directly related to the apprenticeship standard. In addition, the apprenticeship has a mandatory 20% off-the-job learning. The University-based Honours degree study is also linked to the Apprenticeship Standard. It is scheduled to commence in January 2021 with interviews to take place in November 2020.


You will be able to demonstrate how you will be able to use the experiences you are bringing to become a Podiatrist. Understanding of the scope of the role of the Podiatrist and Podiatry assistant in context of the team and the organisation, and how the role may contribute to service development. You will treat people with dignity, respecting individual's diversity, beliefs, culture, needs, values, privacy and preferences. You will show respect and empathy for those you work with, have the courage to challenge areas of concern and work to evidence based best practice. You will also be adaptable, reflective, reliable and consistent, show discretion, resilience, self-awareness and demonstrate leadership.

You must be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Grade C in GCSE English and Maths or functional skills level 2 (equivalent to GCSE C)
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate evidence of recent academic achievement within the last 5 years, such that they may be deemed capable of study at degree level
  • Able to evidence the ability to study at a Higher Education level
  • Right of abode in the UK meeting University admission
  • 104 UCAS points (equivalent to A levels at BCC), including a biological subject


Programme content

The academic part of the training will be provided by the University of Plymouth where you will undertake modules as detailed below:

Introduction to podiatric practice

Human anatomy and physiology

Person centred care

Systemic disorders of the lower limb

Musculoskeletal conditional and applied biomechanics in the foot and lower limb

The mode of learning will be distance learning provided by University of Plymouth over the 3 year period. I day a week will be dedicated to theory learning provided by the University with an additional 1 day of protected learning time in the workplace. The remaining 3 days will be spent working within the Podiatry department.

On successful completion of the programme you will be equipped with the appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to ensure competence at the point of qualification. You will have the capability to continue to meet Health and Care Professions Council regulatory standards and the College of Podiatry professional standards throughout your professional career.

On completion of the course the applicant will be a qualified Podiatrist and able to apply for permanent Podiatry positions.

If you are interested in applying for this role it is recommended that you contact either

Tina Craig Professional Head of Podiatry on 0300 421 8203 or email

Louise Bevan interim Operational Lead on 0300 421 8323 or email

To arrange for an informal chat or possible site visit to learn more about Podiatry

Successful candidates are expected to undertake a DBS check at their own cost and sign up to the DBS update service.

Short-listing Date: - by 30th October 2020

Interview Date: - Week beginning 9th November 2020

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document ‘ Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice’ prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render him/her liable to dismissal.

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust’s Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

Applicants should note that all appointments to GHCNHSFT are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, GHCNHSFT will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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