Committee

Mr Richard Leigh
Network Chair and Consultant Podiatrist at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Richard Leigh is Consultant Podiatrist at the Royal Free Hospital. He is visiting Professor to Perm State Medical University.  He specialises in acute foot care and continues research and publication in this and other foot related fields. Richard is chair of the EDFN. He also chairs the Diabetes and At Risk Foot Expert Reference Group for London and the South East. He is clinical lead for NHSE (London) and co-chairs the London Foot Care Network and the Work-stream for NHSE (London) and is a Member of the London Clinical Senate Council. Richard is a member of the editorial panel of The Diabetic Foot Journal. He has lectured worldwide.

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Christian Pankhurst
Clinical Specialist Orthotist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College Hospital

“I bring my knowledge and understanding of pathology, biomechanics and engineering to the team. My aim is to improve the function and comfort of the patient, from giving simple advice on foot care and footwear, to providing more extensive and custom orthoses to improve weight and pressure distribution, support unstable or painful joints and compensate for weak or absent muscles.”

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Dr Paul Chadwick
Clinical Director at the College of Podiatry

An experienced and respected consultant podiatrist, Paul joined the College from the NHS where, as consultant Podiatrist of the Multidisciplinary Foot Care Team (MDFT), he led a team of nine clinical specialists and was the departmental professional lead for the staff team of 35. An advocate of an integrated approach to healthcare, he has played a key role in the development of a whole-system approach to diabetic foot care.  He continues to maintain a clinical and research role as an Honorary Consultant Podiatrist and Visiting Professor.

After first qualifying as a podiatrist from the Northern College of Chiropody in 1990 with a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine, Paul gained an Honours degree from the University of Brighton in 1992 and a Master’s degree by Research from Manchester University in 2000. Paul has a Fellowship from the College of Podiatry and was awarded the meritorious award in 2014 for services to the profession. Paul has also received a fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Paul completed a PhD in 2012 exploring the social construction of neuropathic pain. In 2018 he became a Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University.  

Paul is on the editorial boards of a number of journals and is associate editor of the Diabetic Foot Journal. Until joining the College of Podiatry he was the Chair of Foot in Diabetes UK. 

Paul an independent prescriber and his clinical interests are tissue viability and neuropathic pain. He continues to  present at nationally and internationally conference and maintains a strong publication record. At the College he is responsible for the the Clinical Leadership and Education Directorate and has led the annotation of podiatric surgery, the development of a suite of post graduate cpd modules and the development of a leadership academy.

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Professor Mike Edmonds
Consultant Physician at King’s College Hospital

Professor Michael Edmonds is a Consultant Physician at King’s College Hospital in London with a special responsibility for care of the diabetic foot. He developed a multi-disciplinary diabetic foot clinic in 1981, one of the first in the world. This clinic brought about a 50% reduction in major amputations in people with diabetes at King’s College Hospital

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Alistair McInnes
Retired Senior Lecturer

Alistair McInnes is a retired senior lecturer from the School of Health Professions at the University of Brighton. His teaching responsibilities included both undergraduate, postgraduate and multidisciplinary programmes throughout the University.

He has been involved with Diabetes foot care for over twenty five years, and has published in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and expert consensus documents. He has presented  at both National and International Diabetes and Podiatry conferences throughout the world.

He is a reviewer for six peer reviewed journals and was the  editor-in-chief (Education) of the Diabetic Foot Journal (SB Communications 1998-2012).He was also vice chairman of the multidisciplinary FDUK  interest group and represented the profession at Westminster, Diabetes UK and NHS Diabetes Foot care networks.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and was awarded with a diamond award from the professional body at the House of Lords for outstanding contribution to the profession in Alistair was also a member of the ‘Putting Feet First’ campaign (Diabetes UK) and  provided independent support to the Strategic Clinical Network for Kent, Surrey and Sussex for diabetes foot care( 2016-2019) He is also a Honorary School Fellow of the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton.

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