18th October 2023

An official statement regarding Platelet Rich Plasma has been issued by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

MHRA Platelet Rich Plasma

Recommended titles for practitioners and students

The Institute of Podiatrists are excited and proud to have commissioned 2 dynamic and important handbooks written specifically by way of an introduction to the foot and as a supportive learning companion. Written by David R Tollafield, a highly experienced podiatry professional and renowned podiatric author.

An introduction to the foot & its common problems in the adult

The challenging subject of foot and lower limb mechanics is admirably clarified and easy to follow in this 180-page paperback, Pocket sized book. Well- illustrated, clear and informative, this book will appeal to podiatrists and foot health practitioners at all levels, whether you are new to the anatomy and workings of the foot or as a reference for reminder. This book will also appeal to other professions and healthcare professionals who have an interest in the foot.

The Foot – a professional learning companion

This companion course, sets out different styles of questions, offering tips for open and closed methods, especially multi-choice options.

Divided into two parts: questions in the first and detailed explanations in the second part. Supporting self-assessment for foot health practitioners and students on university courses, this handy aid helps understand the finer parts of foot health science in eight study areas.

We are delighted to announce we have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association. This establishes a solid partnership setting out the intention of our two organisations to work together to ensure good care for people living with and affected by MND.

Six people per day in the UK are diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). MND is a rapidly progressive and terminal disease that attacks the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord.[1] It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It affects people from all communities and a person’s lifetime risk of developing MND is around 1 in 300. It kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis. There is, currently, no cure for MND and whilst research into one continues, other research and therapeutic efforts are firmly focussed on managing symptoms and maximising the quality of life for people living with it.

We will be working with the Association as a therapy group that may be in a position to sign post patients to their GP if we suspect there is an underlying cause to the symptoms we are presented with

[1] 1 Bäumer D, Talbot K and Turner MR. Advances in motor neurone disease. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2014; 107:14.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Association please visit their website which holds excellent information resources, information about current research and contact information MND Connect helpline. Alternatively contact Jennifer Bedford at


Additionally, if you are a Podiatrist and have any experience of Motor Neurone Disease we’d love to hear from you. Email our team

Today, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched its annual Diversity Data Survey to increase its understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) among its registrants. The survey will help the HCPC create and develop strategies, policies and regulatory processes that are inclusive and fair.

Jacqueline Ladds, Executive Director, Policy and External Relations comments:

We’re committed to being an inclusive and diverse regulator and ensuring that our services are accessible and free from discrimination. We’ve launched this survey so that we can get a better understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion across our professions and use it to inform our improvement work in these key areas.

“We’ll use the findings to help create and develop policies, regulatory processes and strategies, which accurately reflect the diversity of our registrants. That’s why we are asking all our registrants to get involved, to ensure they complete the survey and to spread the word using #HCPCMyEDI.”

As part of HCPC’s commitment to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion across the professions, the regulator hopes to hear from all HCPC registrants in this survey, which will be open from 15 December 2020 – 14 March 2021.

Since last year, HCPC has pushed for a stronger focus on EDI, with the development of a strategy to engage all stakeholders on these issues. The organisation has also created an EDI Forum, which guides HCPC on a range of relevant issues and concerns. The Forum also provides advice on the development of HCPC policies and procedures. The HCPC also routinely undertakes equality impact assessments for all major pieces of work.

Jacqueline Ladds, Executive Director, Policy and External Relations continues:

“We want to understand the issues that our registrants face and identify the measures that can be put in place to support them better. Our first Diversity Data Survey last year provided a good starting point, but this year we want more registrants to get involved to help create a deeper understanding. We know that sharing this kind of data is incredibly personal, and can feel daunting, but doing so will help us implement the best regulatory policies and processes for registrants and for service users and patients.

“As well as increasing our understanding of the equality, diversity and inclusion issues and challenges faced by our registrants, it will also create a picture of HCPC registered allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and practitioner psychologists in all four countries of the UK, working across health and care settings. This could help address wider workforce planning issues, and boost the understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion issues across the sectors.”


IOCP Midland Regional Director David Ayres has represented The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and our membership at the HCPC’s EDI development meetings.


Notes to editors

The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 15 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

The HCPC currently regulates 15 health and care professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. The full list of protected titles can be found here.

Requests for interview should be made through the HCPC Press Office on 07585 992 942 or

Up to 80% of the population are estimated to need the services of either an NHS or private podiatrist at some stage of their life, to deal with health problems of the feet. Whilst parts of the profession have continued to provide urgent emergency treatments during the current pandemic, podiatry now has to work out new methods of returning to its additional roles of regular preventative care for the many millions of people, including many  vulnerable people such as diabetics, who need such care every year. Podiatrist Martin Harvey, chief executive of the national professional body the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists said; “our members face the challenge that in order to work on peoples feet we are certainly not socially distant, so we have had to implement and develop new systems of working giving the maximum possibly safety to patient and podiatrist alike. Let me reassure the public that as regulated Health Professionals we are ensuring that we adhere to the highest possible standards of personal protection equipment and your feet are as safe as we can possibly make them in our hands. Members of the public can see the detailed guidance available to our members on the Institutes website

Open Letter to: The Rt Hon Matt Hancock, MP; Edward Argar, MP; Jo Churchill, MP; Helen Whately, MP; Nadine Dorries, MP; John Barwick, Chief Executive, HCPC; Christine Elliott, Chair HCPC; Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England; Beverley Harden, Health Education England


Dear Colleague

May I first express the hope that you and your family are keeping well in this challenging time.

I am writing on behalf of the membership of the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, but this is a matter that must be of concern to all registered podiatrists, hence the open letter.

Podiatry is a small, yet absolutely vital profession, more so than ever due to our ageing population and the consequent requirement for effective, medically valid care and treatment of the nation’s feet.  I do know from my own work on various projects for the Department of Health, that a minimum of 50%, perhaps more, of podiatry care is delivered through private practice and it is this area that I would like to draw your attention to at this time.

I know that I speak for my profession, when I say that we fully appreciate and  understand that scarce resources must be initially targeted at defeating Covid-19 by supplying front line medical staff with the tools  to permit them to perform their wonderful, challenging, and may I say exceptionally brave efforts. However, we also have to plan for the future of services such as podiatry, because  if that service fails it compromises the foot (and therefore general) health of diabetics, the frail and elderly and even the fit and well who may develop acute foot problems.

As private practices are businesses, they are at very real danger of failing due to lack of income, and whilst the governments initiatives may help individuals, the effect on such private podiatry practices with the continuing overheads such businesses have, may be irredeemable, not least additionally due to permanently losing clients in situations where practices are closed for extended periods. Accordingly, I am requesting that the private practitioner is not left out of consideration of being offered services such as virus testing and other support in a timely manner, which may assist individual practitioners in getting back to work safeguarding feet as soon as safely and ethically possible.

I would also highlight the number of HCPC registered private podiatry practitioners who have responded to the call for assistance to the NHS and hope that we have an opportunity to use our professional skills effectively. Given the substantial experience that we have with the elderly and similar ‘at risk’ groups, perhaps a consideration and discussion of how best to use the resource of private podiatry as a whole to maximum effect is worthwhile.

My best wishes for your continued health, yours sincerely,

Martin Harvey, FPodM, PGC, BSc

HCPC Registered Podiatrist Independent Prescriber

Chair of Executive Council, Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists



Response: John Barwick, Chief Executive & Registrar HCPC 

HCPC response to open letter

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists are delighted to announce Lorisian Laboratories as a preferred partner.

Lorisian specialises in offering laboratory tests that measure food-specific IgG antibodies which are sometimes referred to as food intolerances.

Supported by brand ambassador and legendary athlete Sally Gunnell OBE, Lorisian have been named Food Intolerance Testing Company of the Year for 2018 in the UK Enterprise Awards

The company began trading in just two countries, in the UK and Ireland, and now trades in 49 territories with plans to expand further.  

The results of the Lorisian 2017 customer survey revealed that four out of five customers saw improvements in their health after following a Lorisian programme. Out of those who saw improvements, 89% did so within a month and 69% did so within just two weeks.

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is committed to supporting you in your day to day practice as well as developing techniques and practices to further support your careers and patients. This partnership will allow members to further extend their scope in to areas which may been impacting on their patient’s lives.

Members of The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists will receive:

·        10% discount on Lorisian products

·        All the latest news on Lorisian practitioner services and products

·        Access to webinars about new products and additional scientific training

·        Access to CPD training support via webinars

For further information on Lorisian Laboratories or to find out more about food intolerance testing call Lorisian’s friendly account management team on 01904 428550 or browse the company’s supported food intolerance programmes online at

To join The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists please visit our become a member page.

 11 – 12 May 2018

Southport Theatre & Convention Centre

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (IOCP) returns to its hometown of Southport for the 63rd Annual Conference.


Boasting key speakers from the healthcare industry, this year’s event is set to be our best yet!

Featuring a LIVE courtroom experience, hands-on workshops, a trade exhibition with exclusive offers, there really is no better opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on the latest treatments, developments and products for use in your practice to the benefit of your patients. 


Not forgetting our Annual Dinner & Awards – The President’s reception followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and entertainment – not to be missed!

“Listen very carefully I shall say this only once! There are less than 2 weeks to go until our annual conference and this years’ president’s dinner is UNMISSABLE! Who make’s it to dessert? Can you really trust the person next to you? Who will never see another “Good Moaning”?! Book your ticket at “Cafe Rene” for an evening of fun, laughter and merry-mingling after!” Tickets are £34 each book your place here

Join us in shaping the future of Podiatry together

Are you worrying about the upcoming HCPC Audit?

Join Barbara Heaton at 2pm on Friday, 11th May in syndicate room 3 for her presentation ‘De-stressing the HCPC audit – Some help from experience’
Barbara has been audited three times….No need to book just turn up at 2pm.

Exclusive to our 2018 event, LIVE Interactive Forensic Podiatry workshop by


Presented by Catherine Brown, Barrister and expert trainer with Bond Solon. This highly intensive and practical workshop provides a unique insight in to the world of forensic podiatry. Join our courtroom to see how Podiatrists can effectively present evidence as a witness in court and some of the techniques they may experience when being cross-examined.

Key learning objectives:

Role of the Podiatrist as an expert or witness in fact
How the adversarial system works
Techniques lawyers use in cross-examination and how to handle them
How to give clear, honest and objective evidence

Bond Solon is the largest provider of Expert Witness and Witness of Fact Training in the UK and have been involved in preparing witnesses in some of the UK and world’s highest-profile cases. Since 1992, over 250,000 witnesses have attended their programmes.


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Keynote speakers

Michael Ratcliffe FFPM RCPS (Glasg), M.Ch.S., Pod.M., B.Sc., M.Sc., Cert. Ed
“Anatomy & examination of the spring ligaments/tendon of muscle tibialis posterior”

In the presentation we will; Examine the anatomy of the Spring Ligament and explore its functional and structural relationship with the tendon of muscle Tibialis Posterior. Use a novel examination to determine if it is the Spring Ligament only that is damaged in rarer cases of acute flatfoot. Apply a combination of elastic tapes to support and partly restore function to the acute flatfoot where the Spring Ligament is damaged




Linda Lawson
“Dementia – Myths and misunderstandings”

An Information Worker for Alzheimer’s Society Sefton. Linda is responsible for raising awareness of dementia in the area by giving talks, staffing information stands, publicising events and running an email news service. In addition Linda provides valuable local information resources to help people with dementia, their families and professionals understand the condition and know where to turn for support.



Daniel Lawrence
“Achilles Tendinopathy –  7 things to do and 7 things not to do”

UK Chartered Physiotherapist, published author and international lecturer Daniel Lawrence shares some useful clinical tips against the backdrop of the latest research for Achilles Tendinopathy.

With separate post-graduate qualifications in Muscluloskeletal Medicine and Education. Daniel now combines teaching and writing with running an NHS funded clinic in his local area as well as being on the board of Directors for RockTape UK, PhysioBooks & StickMobility UK.


Martin Harvey
“An Introduction to PRP”

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative drug-free treatment for connective tissue injuries. It is prepared at point-of-use by the practitioner from a simple sample of the patients’ blood and administered by injection.  It is an elegant follow-on to the NICE recognised (IPG438) use of autologous blood for tendinopathies. Podiatrists with LA certificates are able to use this after appropriate training.

This session is a good introduction to this fascinating modality and will be useful for both general interest as well as for those planning to attend the Institutes training day on the subject. Consultant podiatrist independent prescriber Martin Harvey was first involved in UK based research into its use more than a decade ago and has subsequently championed its use as a safe and effective therapy.


Somuz Miah
“Safeguarding children and adults”

This lecture promotes awareness and sensitivity to safeguarding enabling healthcare professionals to be able to identify issues and concern. Healthcare professionals are legally obliged to report any sign of neglect or abuse. Understand how to safeguard and protect children, young people or vulnerable adults in the workplace. Know how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child, young person or vulnerable adult has been abused.Where to report and why it’s your duty to inform.



Abid Ali
“Medical cuppings of the lower limb”

An ancient medical treatment with origins approximately 5000 years old.  The procedure creates a localised suction to help promote blood flow to help stimulate healing.
As a member of the British Cupping Society, Mr Ali advises internationals on cupping therapy for the lower limb in musculoskeletal medicine. Cupping can be administered wet or dry. With it without puncturing of the skin to release blood. International research and emerging evidence have helped bring this treatment up to date and fit for any modern-day therapists and medics.


Dr Richard Oliver
“Management of Plantar Hyperhidrosis”

An informative lecture detailing the aetiology and epidemiology of hyperhidrosis, strategies for managing plantar hyperhidrosis and ensuring successful iontophoresis for plantar hyperhidrosis





Full lecture and workshop timetable


11th May 2018
"Growing your business through effective messages" Tony Gavin, OSGO
"Dementia - Myths and misunderstandings"Linda Lawson, Alzheimer's Society
"Red flags of the foot and lower extremity" David Lintonbon, DO, PGCert(ClinEd)
"Setting a price in private practice" Jonathan Small
"Achilles Tendinopathy" Daniel Lawrence, Rocktape
"Lacuna Method for fungal nails" Nicola O'Brian, Love your feet CPD courses
"Anatomy & examination of the spring ligament/tendon of muscle tibialis posterior" Michael Ratcliffe, Cuxson Gerrard
"Management of Plantar Hyperhidrosis" Dr Richard Oliver, STD Pharmaceuticals

12th May 2018
"Verruca? Verrucae? Verrucee?.... Plantar warts" Belinda Longhurst
"Flexitol - a range to add value and profit!"Caroline McGowan, Flexitol
"Introduction to platelet rich plasma" Martin Harvey
"Our role in fall prevention" Olga Frankowski, Medifoot CPD School
"Emtrix - update on research including Nail Psoriasis" Steve McGowan, Moberg Pharma
"The pelvic equilibrium theory - a new paradigm" Clifton Bradeley, Sub-4 MD
"Cosmetic podiatry - a beautiful way to diversify your practice" Nicola O'Brian, Love your feet CPD courses
"Clinical management and self management of Raynaud's / Scleroderma in the foot" Tracey Spray, SRUK
"Podiatrist in the Box!"Catherine Brown, Bond Solon Training
"First Aid" FULLY BOOKEDMartin Harvey
"Safeguarding children and adults"Somuz Miah
"Medical cuppings for the lower limb"Abid Ali
"First principle & innovative business thinking to develop a mega practice"Clifton Bradeley, Sub-4 MD
"Naloxone saves lives" including an open Q&A on substance/alcohol/POM misuseCarola Sander-Hess



Trade Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at our event call our team on 01704 546 141. Click here for our TRADE CONFERENCE PLAN



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Delegates – The 2-day event costs just £29.99*

*price applicable to Members of The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists; and the College of Foot Health.  Non-members fee £39.99

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Annual Dinner & Awards

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 19.00 to midnight
President’s reception followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and entertainment.



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