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Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (some extended hours, weekend & bank holiday working is required as part of role)
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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
St Barnabus Clinic
£48,526 - £54,619 Per annum / Pro rata
Salary period
19/02/2023 23:59

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Service Clinical Lead / Hospital Team Leader (Podiatry)

Band 8a

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


Job overview

Are you a highly experienced, motivated Podiatrist , committed to leading and delivering excellent standards of patient care? Do you have strong organisational and managerial skills, thriving on partnership working in fast paced, varied environments? Would you enjoy a role that would enable you to work both in the community and hospital setting, as part of an integrated Foot Care Pathway, influencing strategy, advancing practice ?  Then read on.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust are seeking a driven individual to be our Service Clinical Lead for the Oxfordshire Community Podiatry Service. You will work collaboratively alongside the Community Podiatry Operational Manager for the day to day running of this progressive service. This post also encompasses an integrated leadership role, working as Hospital Team Leader at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology which is located at the renowned Churchill Hospital site in Oxford.




Main duties of the job

Through this role, you will provide reflective assessment, diagnosis and treatment for conditions of the foot, ankle and related structures to improve mobility, reduce pain and maintain tissue viability of patients eligible for NHS podiatry in Oxfordshire.

You will further develop integrated working of specialist podiatrists across primary and secondary care to deliver new models of care, advancing clinical practice . Teaching will be a key component of this role. You will lead and co-ordinate clinical skills development and clinical audit for the whole service.

At OCDEM, you will take a key lead role as part of the multi-disciplinary Foot care team, caring for high risk foot patients , frequently undertaking clinic work at the Churchill site . You will also line manage an experienced team of Community Podiatry clinicians who spend part of their working time at OCDEM and part in the community .

NHS Podiatry services within Oxfordshire offer care to an increasingly interesting caseload with the emphasis of work focused on the care of the ‘At Risk ‘& ‘High Risk’ foot. This includes complex wound and ulcer care. Nail surgery sessions are also a requirement for this post.

Within this role, you will provide clinical leadership and expert podiatric interventions and advice. You will support the development of clinical standards through clinical governance and risk management activities, driving change to ensure best practice.


Working for our organisation

Community Podiatry is part of the Intensive Community Care pathway in Oxon , reflecting the increasingly complex nature of the patients we see.

Enquires about the role and informal visits are welcomed. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see job description included in this advert for a fuller description of responsibilities.

You will develop links and closer working relationships with colleagues across the community and hospital specialist units to ensure high risk foot patients are supported and receive timely follow up care in line with NICE guidance.

You will work with the Quality and Governance team, using Quality Improvement methodology to identify and explore potential service improvements and manage the clinical risks identified.

Requirements of the role will include some extended hours working, including weekends and bank holidays as part of a rota.  You will need a full, valid UK driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes.

A range of bases are negotiable across Oxon for the right individual. However the post holder will frequently be required to work in clinics around the county plus attend meetings or training that will involve travel.   


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • BSc Podiatry (or diploma in Podiatric Medicine with equivalent experience)
  • • MA/MSc or equivalent level of academic ability/experience (or working towards)
  • • HCPC registration

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • • Post-graduate NHS work experience including experience treating high risk patients
  • • Management/leadership experience
  • • Comprehensive working knowledge of NHS podiatry service provision
  • • Evidence of highly specialised treatment planning/patient management
  • • Progressive clinical practice – effective analysis and decision making in wound management, offloading, biomechanical gait analysis and nail surgery

Knowledge and skills

Essential criteria
  • • Teaching/training of colleagues/students/health care professionals/patients/public

People skills

Essential criteria
  • • Mental capacity to work under the pressures of demanding and competing priorities

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jane Lyons
Job title
Service Manager
Email address
Telephone number
07788 415509
Additional information

For further details and informal visits contact:

 Mo Ellahi,   Service Clinical Lead  / Hospital Podiatry Team Leader

Margaret Hardcastle,   Podiatry Operational / Professional Lead

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