Future Feet and Future Podiatry

Future Feet and Future Podiatry

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Mary Seacole Building, lecture theatre - MSG21, School of Health and Society

Broad Street

Frederick Road Campus

M6 6PU

United Kingdom

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A day to discuss the future of foot health care practice Brought to you by the European partnership in the Erasmus+ sponsored “Future Feet”

About this event

This one-day event will debate ideas that are shaping future foot health care practice, drawing upon trends in biopsychosocial models of care and digital innovations to evolve your practice and professional knowledge. Places are limited to 200.

Why do you and we need this event?

We need to discuss our futures because of:

• the drive for ever greater evidence-based practice

• a changed digital health care landscape post covid

• the transformational agenda for AHP roles nationally

• trends in disease and health behaviours that impact on foot health.

The changing complex role of the allied health professionals involved in foot health care demands that we critically reflect on the frameworks that underpin practice and consider whether they are fit for purpose. At this event presentations and discussion will focus on the “Value Based Digital Foot Care Framework” for foot care practice, detailed in a recent Journal of Foot and Ankle Research paper

Deschamps, K., Nester, C., Newton, V. et al. The biopsychosocial-digital continuum of foot orthosis practice and research: the VALUATOR model. J Foot Ankle Res 14, 25 (2021)


At the heart of this is greater use of biopsychosocial and person centred models of professional practice, with the additional element of digital transformation of health care, a process accelerated by the covid pandemic.

The day will comprise presentations by leading figures, each followed by a 10 minute panel and audience discussion inclusive of practitioners, academics and researchers.

Throughout the day we will use interactive voting on issues that are raised to co-create evidence of our current professional position and future priorities. You will help define what happens next.

1. Value based health care

2. The future AHP

3. Understanding the biochemical basis of foot 'pain'

4. Psychosocial assessment of foot 'pain'

5. Technology to manage biofilms in clinic

6. Mental health and health behaviour in diabetes

7. KEYNOTE - Clinical leadership and whole systems approach to health care transformation

8. Managing the pre surgical vascular patient in community settings

9. Digital pressure monitoring as an appointment system

10. Social media as a platform for understanding and meeting patient clinical

11. Using social prescribing to benefit your patients'

Presenters and panel members include:

1. Dr Emma Cowley, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton, Dean of Podiatric Medicine Royal College of Podiatry

2. Ian Griffith, Sports Podiatrist

3. Martin Fox, NHS Vascular Specialist Podiatrist, Manchester (TBC)

4. Dr Celeste Foster, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, University of Salford

5. Dr Nas Ahmed, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Director: Manchester Amputation Reduction Strategy

6. Dr Daniel Parker, Lecturer in Digital Health, University of Salford

7. Dr Kristen Hollands, Senior Research Fellow, University of Salford

8. Dr Simba Tanyanyiwa, Lecturer in Podiatry, University of Salford

9. Dr Yeliz Prior, Senior Research Fellow and Occupational Therapist, Vice-President of the British Society for Rheumatology

10. Dr Maggie Donovan-Hall, Health Psychologist, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences University of Southampton

11. Dr Gabriel Gijon, Assistant Professor Podiatry, University of Malaga, Spain.

12. Jenifer Andrew, Podiatrist and PhD Student, University of Salford

13. Kim Wilde, NHS Advanced Podiatrist, Manchester

14. Prof Neil Reeves, Professor of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics , Manchester Metropolitan University

15. Dr Cristina Vasilica, Lecturer in Digital Health & Society, University of Salford

16. Dr Michelle Howarth, Senior Lecturer, Social Prescribing Nurse, University of Salford

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