Rising number of amputations coupled with fewer podiatrists is creating an ‘unsustainable model’, warns RCPod’s Head of Policy

Increasing recruitment into podiatry is ‘essential’ in the fight against rising rates of amputations, says the Royal College of Podiatry’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs in the latest EDFN podcast.

In the most recent episode of the Talking Feet series, Lawrence Ambrose talks about the pressures being felt by podiatrists in the face of rising numbers of diabetic foot ulceration and amputations, alongside a workforce experiencing a decrease in numbers.

Lawrence, who previously served with the Royal Navy before re-training as a podiatrist, spent nine years with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust before joining the Royal College of Podiatry in 2014.

In our latest podcast, Lawrence talks about the RCPod’s latest projects, including working with NHS England’s elective recovery teams to increase the utilisation of podiatric surgeons to help deal with elective waits.

Other projects the College is involved with include the development of a MSK toolkit to showcase the cost-effectiveness of podiatric MSK intervention.

Listen to the podcast here.

Access the series in full here.

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