NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (ECCG) on behalf of the 4 Derbyshire CCG's is looking for potential providers whom have the relevant capability and capacity of delivering Core Podiatry services within each of the Derbyshire district areas.
Core Podiatry is defined as ‘the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common foot pathologies associated with the toenails, soft tissues and the musculoskeletal system with the purpose of sustaining or improving foot health’ (Farndon, 2006).
The service will focus on the needs of those individuals with low and medium levels of foot care needs, with potential providers referring on to specialised podiatry and extended scope podiatry as required and further signposting to non-podiatric services where clinically appropriate, e.g. smoking cessation or weight management services.
The objectives of the service will be to provide:
— Assessment and intervention for those patients with painful foot conditions where this has reduced mobility and independence,
— A surgical option for nail pathologies,
— Management of foot pain associated with foot function and/or structural abnormalities for common foot and ankle conditions,
— Footwear advice and orthotics as part of personalised care plans,
— Foot health education information and public health information including signposting to services,
— Equitable access for patients across the geographical region of Derbyshire.
Integral to the above is:
— Provision of falls prevention advice (following local falls prevention pathway and guidance into specialist services where appropriate) and health education.
— Adults and children with a podiatric need including iatrogenic conditions without comorbidity, i.e. foot conditions that are a result of health care treatment that do not have direct pathology but do have related lesions elsewhere in the foot.