First steps towards a podiatry career

New College Durham is to be the first college in the UK to offer an apprenticeship in podiatry to give students the skills and knowledge to take their first steps towards a new career in this specialist area.

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare Support (Podiatry), which has been specifically tailored to the role of a Podiatry Assistant, will start in September 2015

Apprentices will spend half a day studying at New College Durham and will spend the rest of the week based with an employer. It is the first qualification of its kind for those currently working in clinics without a recognised qualification.

Claire Kelly, Curriculum Manager at New College Durham, said: “This exciting new apprenticeship, which is a first for the UK, will offer a fantastic opportunity to those employed in a clinical setting to gain the qualifications and experience to be a qualified Podiatry Assistant and receive recognition for the work they do.” 

She continues: “This programme has been developed in conjunction with podiatry employers to meet the demands of the industry.”

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

The apprenticeship is free and will take approximately 18 months to complete.  Apprentices will learn to support the podiatrist in all aspects of patient care including the preparation of the clinical environment, both in the NHS and private practice. 

New College Durham already has a well established reputation for producing podiatry graduates and this apprenticeship will provide a stepping stone for apprentices to apply for higher level qualifications such as the podiatry honours degree at New College Durham.

For more information about the podiatry apprenticeship, or if you are a podiatric employer, contact Claire Kelly or Alan Moore on 0191 375 4040 or email

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A Podiatry Assistant supports the Podiatrist in all aspects of patient care, including the preparation of the clinical environment and greeting and reassuring patients.