Community Podiatrist, Band 5

Community Podiatrist In East Dorset

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£25,655 - £31,534 p.a. pro rata for part time


At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We like to do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future – we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team. You’ll challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Dorset HealthCare is looking to appoint an enthusiastic full time Band 5 Podiatrist to join our Community Podiatry Team based in East Dorset. This is an excellent opportunity for a newly or recently qualified podiatrist who is looking to develop their clinical skills whilst living and working in a beautiful part of the country near to the coast.

This is a full time role, 37.5 hours per week but part time will be considered.

This is an exciting time to join a friendly small team which is currently developing and reviewing its service to provide a relevant and effective source of foot care expertise for patients in the local area. The East Dorset team forms part of Dorset HealthCare podiatry service which is the main provider of podiatry services across the county.

In East Dorset, our team provides a range of podiatry services focusing mainly on routine community clinics, addressing the foot needs of a variety of conditions including diabetes, rheumatology and mental health.

The service aims to provide general footcare, basic chairside orthoses solutions and education to patients with a view to resolving foot problems and pain and facilitating and supporting self-care.

There will also be a chance to work in and develop skills in our community based high risk clinics treating ulcerated patients with rotation into the hospital based MDT diabetic foot clinic. As a very much rural area, the team also provides a home visiting service to housebound patients.

Alongside our community podiatry service Dorset HealthCare provides a community and hospital diabetic foot care services, rheumatology, MSK and biomechanics clinics.

A new scheme of development time is being introduced to give clinicians opportunities to shadow and gain experience in these clinics as well as develop particular areas of interest relevant to our scope of service.

As a Community Podiatrist based in the East Dorset Locality Team your work will be focused mainly in the Bournemouth and Christchurch areas however occasional travel across the county to cover clinics will be required. It is essential that you are (or due to be) HCPC registered, are able to work flexibly and are a car driver with access to a car for work purposes is essential.

The successful candidate must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills both with podiatry colleagues, patients and the wider members of the healthcare team with whom we work, e.g. GPs, district nurses, MDTs. You must be willing to work on your own as well as part of a team and we would be looking for real enthusiasm for working with a predominantly higher risk patient group.

As we are looking to develop our service, we would value people who can put forward new ideas for service improvement and use their initiative with a real ‘can do’ attitude.

We value our staff and believe that investing in them is crucial to ensuring good patient care. The Trust seeks to provide an excellent range of development opportunities including an in-house programme of CPD, study days, and development opportunities through rotations, regular clinical supervision, team meetings and 1:1s.

Wider Trust benefits include NHS pension scheme, flexible working options, lease car scheme, health and wellbeing support, childcare vouchers and health service discount schemes.

As a Trust, Dorset HealthCare encourages and support staff to develop and progress in their careers, and opportunities to undergo external study in a variety of supported ways, such as the College of Podiatry Diabetic Foot Module, Masters or Diploma modules are also encouraged. New graduates or those graduating in the Summer of 2022 are encouraged to apply.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of.

Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

We would welcome applications from newly qualified Podiatrist and we provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals

Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash!

Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If the person you refer is appointed by the Trust and completes their probationary period you will receive £500 reward payment for the introduction! Please contact the recruitment team if you require further info!

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name:  Kim Weir

Job title:  Bournemouth and Christchurch Podiatry Locality Lead

Email address:

Telephone number:  07884 360569

What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

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What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.



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Job Reference

Reference: 152-C523.21A

Closing Date: 2022-04-07

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