Announcing our partnership with Melanoma UK

This month is Skin Cancer Awareness month and we are delighted to announce our new partnership with Melanoma UK. The intention of this partnership is to raise awareness of melanoma, not only this May but throughout the course of the year and your careers, for podiatrists and foot health practitioners to identify lesions of concern, and to give guidance through information and services available to both healthcare professionals and their patients.

Melanoma UK is the leading melanoma patient support organisation in the UK who are active in their participation in health technology appraisal meetings (NICE and SMC), presenting clinically validated information on their website, authoring publications from their Melanoma UK digital registry and who have developed and regularly engage with their very own panel of medical experts.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is the 5th most common cancer in the UK. By 2025 it is projected that 19,513 people in the UK are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma and according to the World Health Organisation approximately 3,119 of these people are expected to die from melanoma that year.

As podiatrists and foot health professionals we see a 3rd of a person’s body each and every working day. It is important that we have an understanding of troublesome lesions and that we can identify those which could prove lethal to our patients. This partnership is the beginning of a journey to educate our profession, offer greater care to our patients, and an opportunity to work together to help reduce these daunting figures.

What better way to introduce you to melanoma than this highly-informative webinar on acral and subungual melanoma with Professor Christian Aldridge (Melanoma UK Medical Advisor) and Ms Kei Hutchinson (Associate lecturer In podiatry at Cardiff Uni) on Acral and Subungual Melanoma. https://www.melanomauk.org.uk/acral-and-subungual-melanoma

Together with Melanoma UK we aim to bring you further information, news and education around skin cancers and melanoma throughout the course of the year.

For more information on melanoma and the great work and resources available from Melanoma UK visit Melanoma UK

“I am delighted to welcome Anthony Hubbard to the Institute’s Senior Management Team from 1st January 2022 in a brand new and most exciting role for the Institute as Chief Executive Officer. His simple remit is to continue to drive forward our ongoing development and long-term growth as the fully democratic UK professional podiatry and foot health body that is run by members for members. You will probably already know Anthony as a co-opted external expert to the Institute’s Board of Directors, and over the last months he has brought to our deliberations a welcome fund of knowledge and widespread experience in the healthcare world. His past senior roles include Managing Director of the nationally known medical and scientific supplies company Schuco International, and his present role is as a Senior Technical Executive in Croda Pharmaceuticals (a UK chemicals/pharmaceutical company with a current revenue of £1.39 Billion) from which he moves on to take over his new role with IOCP. As well as being a strong business professional he is a Scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry from Trent Polytechnic, a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Anthony will be reporting to the Board via myself and working with Jill as Company Secretary and her admin team of Julie, our Membership Officer, Sam, our Education Officer and Kirsty, our Marketing Specialist, with all of whom he has already established an excellent professional relationship during his time as a Board Advisor. I know that I speak for the Board in that they, and myself, are looking forward immensely to working with Anthony, and our already established team members, in this exciting new development stage of our more than 70 years of service to the feet of the nation and the dedicated professionals; you, our members, who work so hard to maintain and improve it.” – Martin Harvey FPodM IP PGC BSc, Chair Board of Directors IOCP

Anthony Hubbard CSci CChem FRSC:
“At a time when NHS services are becoming increasingly more difficult to access, certainly in a timely manner, we have a great opportunity in front of us to promote our services directly to the general public and also to work to train and develop people involved in all levels of foot and lower limb health, from entry level foot health practitioners all the way through to supporting podiatric surgeons in their ongoing continual professional development in delivering their services and supporting them in their own business growth. To do this, we need to review our ways of working, create a strategy for growth, develop our supporting services and focus on delivery in all that we do.

What experience do I have in creating such a pathway and ensuring that we deliver? For the past 6 years I have been leading a health care applications laboratory for the largest chemical company in the UK, a company called Croda, with their HQ in Yorkshire; you probably haven’t heard of them by name, but you will have heard all of their customers in the personal care and health care world and you will almost certainly have used some of their materials in your day-to-day lives without knowing it. If you have had a COVID-19 vaccine, then you will have had some of their very pure excipients used in the delivery system for those active pharmaceutical ingredients in the vaccines. Prior to working with Croda, I have previously worked with The Institute when I was the Managing Director of Schuco, a London based company who were supplying medical devices to IOCP members and supporting training events and the annual conference. During my time at Schuco, I grew the business year-on-year by working closely with customers to understand the market and their needs and delivered against those needs. I also have a background of working with Boots the Chemists, where I was leading teams developing and testing products and managing regulatory compliance and the groups technical policy. I also worked with regulators and the government to shape the law and regulations for the safety of cosmetic products within the UK.

I look forward to 2022 where we will be providing the infrastructure for engagement and growth from HQ and the delivery will only be successful with a network or tutors, trainers, mentors and auditors. To that end, I am putting out my first call for volunteers so that we can have the whole UK geography covered with eager, helpful members who are interested in getting involved in developing others to be the best that they can be! If you want to get on board at this exciting time for the IoCP, drop me a line telling me what area you would be interested in supporting and what geographical area you would be able to cover.

I aim to be meeting lots of our members through the year to get a better understanding of how you feel that The Institute can be shaped to deliver the things that you need from a great membership organisation. One place that you will be able to meet me personally will be at our AGM, so get the date in your diary if you are able to get to the NEC in May.

Until then, please feel free to reach out to me at anthony@iocp.org.uk. Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy and successful 2022.”

November 14th 2021 is Diabetes awareness day.

There are several events happening this month to raise awareness and to support both patients and practitioners.

Below are some events and webinars that are taking place which may be of interest to you.

15th November , 1pm, Wounds International webinar – The importance of the patients and clinicians partnership in the management of DFU World Diabetes Week webcast: Journey to wound healing (mailchi.mp)

16th November 2021, Virtual conference, Diabetic Foot Problems Diabetic Foot Problems – virtual conference – The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (iocp.org.uk)

25th November 2021, 1pm,  Wounds UK webinar – Protecting your wounds from more than infection Protecting your wound from more than infection with Ag™ Oxysalts Technology – Wounds-uk Live Webinars

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: https://www.hmca.co.uk/icp

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.

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.

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