Success in attracting more young people into a career in podiatry is being championed by Emma Stoneman, professional lead for podiatry and ELFT deputy therapy lead. Emma also chairs the Royal College of Podiatry Apprenticeship Group which was formed to provide support for employers and members interested in taking on apprentices.
Emma describes how she is using her experience of developing the first cohort and apprenticeship podiatrist programme at ELFT, in collaboration with the University of East London, to remove some of the barriers organisations face in employing apprentices in the latest issue of The Podiatrist, the professional magazine for the Royal College of Podiatry.
The demand for podiatrists continues to grow and a programme of paid apprenticeships is working to attract a new generation of clinicians, in no small part because of the work being done by health professionals like Emma.
"Each apprenticeship is unique and there can be a lot of work involved for employers – accessing funding, agreeing the job description and salary, recruitment and working with universities. The Apprenticeship Group want to develop standardised guidance to make the process as easy as possible.’
“Our apprentice podiatrists have been invaluable,’ explains Emma, who took on two new apprentices in 2020.
“They managed all our PPE, they delivered dressing packs for patients in their own homes, helped with developing leaflets and pulling induction packs together, as well as assisting in clinics. Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to showcase what the profession can do."
Read the full article (p34-35) here.
More on the Trust podiatrist apprenticeship programme here.