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Health: Podiatry

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Harrison Lord Harrison Chair, EU Sub-Committee A - Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade

To ask Her Majesty's Government what regulation there is regarding the use of the term "podiatric surgeon" by non-qualified practitioners to advertise their services.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Podiatrists are regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and certain podiatrists who have completed post-registration education and training do carry out some surgical tasks. The title "podiatric surgeon" is not protected in law but should a podiatrist carry out such surgical tasks without appropriate training and experience then they are at risk of action from the HPC, for acting outside of their scope of practice. The HPC has taken such action in the past.

All healthcare professionals, including podiatrists, who perform surgery in England are required to register with the Care Quality Commission, except where providing nail surgery and nail bed procedures on any area of the foot, and the curettage, cautery or cryocautery of warts, verrucae or other skin lesions on any area of the foot.

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