Coronavirus update 17th July


Coronavirus – updated information ahead of July 19th 2021

The Governments coronavirus advice is due to change. England will move to step 4 of it’s roadmap in the easing of all restrictions. For full details of this please visit Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July – GOV.UK (

The current advice for healthcare settings is that face coverings and social distancing measures should/will remain in place.

This advice means that patients, including the most vulnerable patients, can continue to safely seek medical treatment.

Cases of COVID-19 are high and are expected to rise. Therefore, the continued use of face coverings for both staff and patients as well as the continued use of PPE for practitioners is encouraged.


Coronavirus restriction changes 17th July

Wales will move to alert 1 on 17th July. The changes from alert 2 can be found here Current restrictions | Sub-topic | GOV.WALES and full details on the restrictions here Current restrictions: summary | GOV.WALES


On the 19th July ALL of Scotland will move to level 0 of the Scottish Governments strategy plan. Full details of level 0 can be found here Coronavirus (COVID-19) protection levels: what you can do – (

Northern Ireland

Restrictions remain in place, please see here Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations and guidance: what they mean for you | nidirect

Republic of Ireland 

ROI is currently in the recovery phase of their response to the pandemic.

For a full list of restrictions updated 14th July  visit – Public health measures in place right now (

Copy slides of the nail presentation written and presented by Martin Harvey (9th December 2020 via Zoom) are now available here Nailed_it

If you have any questions please contact our team



We are proud to work in partnership with Community trade union, we believe a good modern trade union is not only essential to a positive and safe workplace but more importantly gives self-employed workers like us a strong and collective voice.

Community is a proud champion of the five million strong self-employed and freelance community across the UK, including chiropodists and podiatrists.

For many people, self-employment is the answer to finding a good work-life balance and can be extremely rewarding. It can also mean longer hours, less pay, more worry about your finances and employment. By partnering with Community we want to give you that help, as well as campaign on the issues that matter to us as a sector.

As a member of Community, IOCP/COFH members can:

Advice and support

Community union provides advice and support through their service centre of expert legal advisors, dedicated to supporting members with any questions or help members may need.

Whether its advice on client relations, self-assessment tax returns, debt recovery and late payments, welfare benefits, discrimination and health and safety issues – Community can help.

Campaign and organise

By building and strengthening our collective voice as part of Community, we can ensure our voices are heard. Community is a proud campaigning union and the strength of their membership paired with their political affiliations means they can take the issues you care about and make sure they are heard across the UK at every level.

Pay and conditions

Community can support you at work with individual representation to get the best deal, and secure fair treatment and fair pay.

Education and training

By becoming a member of Community, you can access bespoke education and training opportunities that works well for freelancers and the self-employed. This includes access to hundreds of free online courses to develop key business skills.

Discounts and savings

You can save money on a range of leisure, insurance and retail products through Community’s discounts on a range of professional and personal products and services.

To join follow the link from the November members e-newsletter or login to the members area of our website

The College of Foot Health has agreed with HMCA to offer discounted rates for medical plans, dental plan, hospital cash plans, travel plan, income protection and vehicle breakdown products.

Are you paying too much for your present private medical plan? Why not take a look at the HMCA plans and compare the benefits and subscriptions offered? You may transfer to HMCA at any age and without a medical examination; there will be no break in protection and there is a 14 day money-back guarantee.


HMCA only offer medical plans to membership groups and can offer up to a 40% discount off the underwriter’s standard rates. This is a comprehensive plan which provides generous cash benefits for surgery and other charges


Who are HMCA? – HMCA has specialised in providing benefits and services to associations and professional groups since the 1970s. HMCA is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

For further information and quotations contact HMCA by telephone on 01423 799949 or visit the exclusive HMCA College of Foot Health website here:

HMCA/S PLC (trading as Hospital and Medical Care Association, HMCA and HMCA Members) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN:307587). HMCA/s PLC is a company registered in England, company number: 01362094, registered office: Beech Hall, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0EA.

We are delighted to present our new website dedicated to the training and development of Foot Health Practitioners.

As you may already know The College of Foot Health was founded by The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (IOCP) .With more than 80 years’ of experience in the profession of Chiropody and Podiatry, the IOCP as leading UK professional body recognises that there is an essential requirement to set a definitive benchmark for training, standards, ethics and continuing professional development for the growing profession of Foot Health Practitioners.

This website will promote the importance of Foot Health Practitioners, from initial interest of people looking for a new rewarding career, to established Foot Health practitioners seeking to further their knowledge and careers, as well as providing a source of information to the general public.

We are run by experienced professionals within the field of Foot Health, encouraging our members to actively engage with our board and staff, by way of feedback and through our AGM, to further develop and shape the future of our supportive organisation. We are what you make us!

We are confident this new platform provides the stepping-stone to achieving this objective, and in providing Foot Health Practitioners with the credit you deserve.

Join our work to protect and grow the foot health workforce to meet patients’ needs. We are asking the Foot Health Community; Podiatrists, Foot health Practitioners and Assistant Practitioners in Podiatry to watch our webinar and respond to our survey so we can capture feedback from across the professions.

Join the discussion, watch our webinar, complete the survey.

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