Local MP Visits New Collge Durham Podiatry Clinic

Local MP Helen Goodman took time from her busy schedule to visit New College Durham’s Podiatry Clinic, in Bishop Auckland. 


Helen Goodman, Member of Parliament for the Bishop Auckland constituency and a shadow minister for Culture, Media and Sport, was shown around the clinic’s fantastic facilities and also met staff, students and some of the patients being treated by New College Durham podiatry students. 


Helen Goodman MP was very impressed with the clinic, which she didn’t know existed before her visit.  She said: “It is a very good centre of excellence in podiatry in Bishop Auckland and provides high quality health care for local people.”

The Clinic has undergone extensive internal and external refurbishment in recent years and now boasts an 18 chair clinic, nail surgery suite and orthotics laboratory. The clinic has over 2,000 patients from the South Durham area and has over 90 students treating them.  It runs specific sessions including a Biomechanics Clinic (helping patients with walking or gait issues), a Nail Surgery Clinic and a Diabetic Annual Review Clinic. The unit also has the facility to run four separate clinics at once and can treat up to 100 patients in a day.

Lesley Bryden, Head of Management, Health and Social Work at New College Durham showed Helen Goodman around the clinic.  Lesley said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Helen Goodman to our podiatry clinic and it gave us the opportunity to showcase the excellent work that is carried out by students and staff here.”

The Durham School of Podiatric Medicine has been part of New College Durham since 1974 and the clinical environment has been used to great effect since the start of the programme 38 years ago. It is an exceptional teaching tool and affords the students the ideal opportunity to integrate theory into practice and uses ‘live’ patients to demonstrate these skills. The BSc (Hons) Podiatry programme is funded by the Strategic Health Authority, which means that tuition fees are paid for the three years of the course.


Students graduate with BSc (Hons) Podiatry degree, enabling them to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists.  To find out more about the range of podiatry courses on offer at New College Durham, visit our HE courses section of the website or contact the College on 0191 375 4040.

Related information

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Podiatry is a specialist area of healthcare, allied to medicine, which involves care and maintenance of foot and lower limb conditions.