Meet the Speakers: Preventing ‘foot attack’

The vital role of Community Foot Protection Services in diagnosing ‘foot attack’ is one of the topics of this year’s EDFN National Conference on April 26th.

The session will look at how Community Foot Protection Services, which are best known for the management and treatment of diabetic foot complications, are often the first point of access for patients experiencing ‘foot attack’.

Speakers Beth Lillico, High Risk and Vascular Specialist Podiatrist and Jenna Tilbury, Clinical Lead and Advanced Podiatrist, will discuss how Community Foot Protection Services can ensure ‘foot attack’ is recognised, diagnosed, and urgently escalated to the specialist MDT, and how the MDT can support them.

The aim of the session is to share:

  • the importance of competence, confidence, collaboration within community teams
  • WIfI principles and communicating risk effectively with acute teams
  • how community teams are best placed to enable rapid access.

About the speakers

Beth Lillico – High Risk and Vascular Specialist Podiatrist

Beth obtained a BSc degree in Podiatry in 2006 and has over 17 years of NHS experience working mainly within community services. Beth currently works in a High-Risk Foot Team and has a special interest in collaborative care for complex lower limb conditions and is near completion of a PGCert in Tissue Viability & Leg Ulcer Management.

More recently Beth has been working with the podiatry-led community lower limb vascular service in Manchester, providing early identification, diagnosis, and management of people with peripheral arterial disease.

Jenna Tilbury – Clinical Lead and Advanced Podiatrist

Jenna obtained a BSc degree in Podiatry in 2003 and has over 14 years’ experience specialising in the management of diabetic foot complications.  She is an Independent Non-Medical Prescriber and has completed the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme.

She has worked for four NHS organisations in the Northwest and is now employed by Manchester Local Care Organisation as Clinical Lead and Advanced Podiatrist based at North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH). She leads both the inpatient and outpatient podiatry service managing complex high-risk foot conditions.

Jenna’s specialist area is diabetes with her main interest being amputation prevention. She leads and contributes to diabetic foot research, audit and staff education. She has led on the development of Trust diabetic foot guidelines and pathways and in addition has experience of project management. She has recently received recognition for her contribution/leadership on the implementation of a new EPR system within the organisation (the biggest digital transformation project in Manchester Foundation Trust).


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