College of Podiatric Surgeons

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The Dean and faculty of the College of Podiatric Surgeons offer a warm welcome to these pages. We are a defined professional faculty within the Institute, whose role is to provide mutual professional peer support and guidance and lead on issues such as regulation and ethical matters affecting the area of surgical procedures beyond the initial skills taught at undergraduate level in podiatry. An important role of the College of Podiatric Surgeons is to facilitate appropriate skills development in areas related to podiatric surgery, such as our industry-leading minor skin surgery course for senior podiatrists and to provide recognition and insurance for approved advanced techniques.

W J Liggins FCPS, MA, BSc(hons)

Consultant Podiatric Surgeon

Dean of Podiatric Surgery 

Cohort One Delegates

Maximum of 14 delegates, apply now!!

The IOCP educational faculty has developed a training programme in surgery to enhance suitably qualified Podiatrists develop their post-graduate skills.  It is designed to reinforce and build upon the knowledge gained at both undergraduate and post graduate level and allow successful candidates to perform a range of minor surgical procedures in an appropriate surgical setting.

Medicines Lecture

Dermatology Lecture

The programme will be developed and delivered appropriately by qualified Consultant Podiatrists and partner institutions.

For entry to the programme, learners will be required to have a degree in Podiatry with POM-A and either POM-S, IP or SP annotations, and at least three years post-graduate experience.

The programme will include distance learning elements, practical training and lectures.  An interview may be applied to applications by the Faculty Board.

Course content

  • Legal and ethical basis of surgery

  • Scope and limitation of surgery

  • Advantages and disadvantages

  • CQC requirements

  • Patient assessment and pre-operative evaluation

  • Minor Surgical principles and anatomical consideration

  • Operating environment

  • Instrumentation

  • Infection control and sterile practice

  • Advanced anaesthesia

  • Tissue handling, dissection and haemostasis

  • Histology

  • Minor surgical procedures

  • Dermatology


Competencies are assessed and recorded in the clinical portfolio log book combined with structured OSCE’s.

Candidates will identify or be nominated a mentor and successful completion of procedures to the approval of the tutor.

Tutors, Mr Martin Harvey and Dr Elizabeth Todd

For further information or to register your interest please contact

Read our position statement on Podiatric surgeons here