college-of-podiatry-logo_gm-sept16The use of ultrasound in podiatry practice encompasses ultrasound imaging (predominantly musculoskeletal), vascular hand-held Doppler ultrasound and therapeutic ultrasound. The College of Podiatry, Directorate of Podiatric Medicine has recognised the need to support to members of the College of Podiatry in developing and extending their scope of practice, with the appropriate competencies and recommendations in place.

We are currently undertaking a survey to understand the scope of ultrasound practice amongst podiatrists in the UK, the training that they are undertaking and the requirements for mentorship to support professional development and safe practice. If you are a podiatrist and not already completed the survey, we would be grateful for your help.

Please copy and paste the following website address into your browser to access the survey: https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ultrasound-in-podiatry (survey closes end of November).

The survey will enhance the development of recommendations to support the education and training needs of podiatrists using ultrasound to ensure safe and appropriate practice for the benefit of patients.

Podiatrists are invited to join the Ultrasound in Podiatry Network which provides an opportunity to support podiatrists in all areas of clinical (e.g. musculoskeletal, diabetes and vascular) and surgical practice to undertake ultrasound training as well as those who are using ultrasound in their practice. It is hoped that this SAG will work with other specialities to grow the network and support MDT working and lifelong learning.

If you require any further information or would like to join the Ultrasound in Podiatry Network please contact Dr Heidi Siddle (h.siddle@leeds.ac.uk), Chair of the Ultrasound in Podiatry Specialist Advisory Group.

The College of Podiatry will shortly become a member organisation of the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). The College of Podiatry will support CASE’s philosophy to promote best ultrasound practice through the accreditation of those training programmes that develop safe and competent ultrasound practitioners. CASE offers accreditation of new, and re-accreditation of established post-graduate ultrasound education programmes, as well as undertaking annual monitoring of the courses it has accredited.

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