Regulation of chiropodists and podiatrists

What is a chiropodist or podiatrist?

The terms "chiropodist" and "podiatrist" are different words that both mean "an expert qualified to diagnose and treat foot disorders".

Registration with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The professional titles "chirpodist" and "podiatrist" are now protected by law. A person may call themselves a chirpodist or a podiatrist only if they are registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HPC). See http://www.hcpc-uk.org/about-us/who-we-regulate/

State registration

Prior to the formation of The Health and Care Professions Council in 2001, chirpodists and podiatrists registered with The State Registration Board (superseded by The HCPC).

National Health Service chirpodists and podiatrists

The training for an HCPC or state registered practitioner is a recognised three year full time course. Only HCPC or state registered practitioners can work in NHS health centres and hospitals.

Finchley Feet chirpodists and podiatrists

Finchley Feet chirpodists and podiatrists are HPC registered, fully trained, and have extensive experience working for the NHS and in private practice.

What do the letters SRCh mean?

The letters SRCh mean state registered chirpodist (see above).

What do the letters MChS mean?

The letters MChS mean a member of The College of Podiatry (formerly now as The Society of chirpodists and Podiatrists). We recommend their excellent web site at http://www.cop.org.uk/.