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WITHOUT PREJUDICE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST FOR PURPOSES OF PUBLIC & PATIENT SAFETY AS A MATTER OF INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION PUBLIC POLICY AGAINST CHARLATANISM Unfortunately, the UK HPC response to Dr. Jeff Peereboom's question is indeed
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  From: Michael.Guthrie@hpc-uk.org Date: 18 March 2010 8:07:27 PM AEST To: j_peereboom@yahoo.com.au Subject: Re: Australian Surgical Podiatirists Dear Jeff Thank you for your recent email to Marc Seale regarding surgical podiatrists. As you will be aware, we are the regulator and registering body for podiatrists in the United Kingdom. Once qualified and after a certain period of time in practice, some podiatrists choose to train as 'Podiatric surgeons'. This includes a postgraduate degree at masters level and examinations administered by the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Within the National Health Service podiatrists who successfully hold these qualifications can be employed at various grades as 'Podiatric surgeons' and perform some surgical procedures on the foot. HPC registration as a podiatrist is a requirement of these posts. However, at present, we do not have a separate part of our Register for podiatric surgeons or annotate our Register to indicate where someone has qualified as podiatric surgeon. This means we do not currently quality assure the education and training. Instead someone who practises as a podiatric surgeon and who is registered with us is bound by our standards of conduct, performance and ethics to ensure that they only undertake tasks within their scope of practice. If an Australian podiatrist qualified as podiatric surgeon wished to work in the UK, they would firstly need to become registered as podiatrist with HPC. They would need to apply providing information such as course content and experience which would be assessed by two members of the profession. If the standards were met, they would be registered. It is important to note that our legislation means that we do not approve programmes delivered outside of the UK - we undertake an individual assessment of each applicant before deciding whether they can be registered in the UK. Once registered, if they then wished to work as podiatric surgeon within the NHS they would need to check with individual employers as to whether they would consider their Australian qualification to be sufficient. They might need to speak to the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists to see whether their qualification would meet the Society's requirements for fellowship. If they wished to work privately as a podiatric surgeon, as the qualification is not directly regulated at present, they could do so - there would be no legal requirement for them to hold Fellowship of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery or to hold a particular qualification, but they would need to ensure that they met our standards of conduct, performance and ethics - i.e. they would to ensure that they only undertook those procedures for which they had the appropriate education and training and skills.   This topic is the subject of debate in the UK at the moment. We are looking into whether we should annotate our Register to indicate whether someone is qualified as a podiatric surgeon and whether that annotation should carry with it a protected title or controlled act. The title 'podiatric surgeon' is also the subject of ongoing debate. It has been used within our health service for a number of years but there are concerns that it is confusing to members of the public and might be misleading by inferring that the person is a medically qualified surgeon. I have pasted some links below to our international application process to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists' website: http://www.hpc-uk.org/apply/international/requirements/ http://www.feetforlife.org/foot_health/surgery.html Please let me know should you require any further information. Best wishes, Michael Guthrie Director of Policy and Standards Policy and Standards Department Health Professions Council Park House 184 Kennington Park Road LONDON SE11 4BU www.hpc-uk.org tel +44 (0)20 7840 9768 fax +44 (0)20 7820 9684 email: michael.guthrie@hpc-uk.org  To sign up to the HPC e-newsletter, please email newsletter@hpc-uk.org  Please consider the environment before printing this email.   Marc Seale/hpc 16/03/2010 20:20 To Jeffery Peereboom  j_peereboom@yahoo.com.au Cc Michael Guthrie/hpc@HPC Subject Re: Australian Surgical Podiatirists Jeff Thanks for your e-mail. My colleague Michael Guthrie will get back to you. Regards Marc =========================================== Marc Seale, Chief Executive and Registrar Health Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BU www.hpc-uk.org, tel +44 (0)20 7840 9701, fax +44 (0)20 7820 9684, email marc.seale@hpcuk.org  To sign up to the HPC e-newsletter, please email, newsletter@hpc-uk.org  Please consider the environment before printing this email =============================================   Jeffery Peereboom  j_peereboom@yahoo.com.au 16/03/2010 18:01 To marc.seale@hpc-uk.org  cc Subject Australian Surgical Podiatirists Dear Mr Seale, My Name is Dr. Jeff Peereboom and I am an Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon in Australia. I was referred to you by Mr Batt President of The British Chiropody and Podiatry Association. I am writing to you as I have a question regarding Australian Surgical Podiatrists. In Australia at the moment there is a process of National Accreditation occurring. Members of the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons are circulating information stating that they are Internationally recognised as Surgeons. In view of the implications for National Accreditation, could your Council please inform us of your position on these surgeons. Specifically, is their training in Australia sufficient to license them in Britian as either a Surgical Podiatrist and independently perform surgery? If the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons is accepted as being able to practice in Britian, could you explain the inspection process into the academic qualification and the process of Due Diligence and verification of the educational status of Australian Podiatric Surgeons that your College undertook to arrive at this decision. I would appreciate a rapid response as I am meeting the Federal Shadow Minster of Health soon to discuss this issue and this information is very important in his deliberations on the subject of National Accreditation. Many thanks for a speedy reply Jeff Peereboom   ________________________________________________________________ ________ This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star. The service is powered by MessageLabs.  ________________________________________________________________ ________ HPC E-mail Disclaimer: The material transmitted in this email is intended only for the person or legal entity to whom it is addressed and may contain confidential and privileged information. It may not be used or disclosed except for the purpose for which it has been sent. If you are not the addressee or have received this email in error please notify the sender and do not read, print, re-transmit, store or act in reliance on the material in this email.  ________________________________________________________________ ________ This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star Internet. The service is powered by MessageLabs.
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