Seeking two podiatry interns

  • By Judith Sullivan
  • 31 Mar, 2017
  • 10 May, 2016

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Seeking two podiatry interns

Are you interested in gaining experience in an SCP-accredited private practice with busy clinics in Tring and Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire?

Betafeet Podiatry is seeking two interns starting as soon as possible, but mindful of exam schedules and other commitments, who would like to add to their practical knowledge through observation, rotating between the two clinics with the potential to assist with assessments and gain insights into ‘back-office’ requirements that help to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of a podiatry business.

The internships will also provide an opportunity to observe and assist in the marketing of the business, particularly through social media.

These internships are ideal for podiatric students who may wish to enter management or set up their own clinic in the future.

See the value of an internship through the eyes of one of our own podiatrists, Matthew Collison, who is based at our Tring clinic:…/summer-in…/7002589.fullarticle

These are unpaid internships with travel expenses covered and flexible hours to suit both parties. Transport access will be required.

To express your interest, please contact Betafeet Podiatry at , sending through your statement of interest, your CV to date and availability.

What would a podiatry intern working for Betafeet Podiatry learn?

  • Patient interface (non-clinical, administrative)
  • Welcoming new and established patients
  • Learning and using the PPS database related to diary bookings, recording/updating contact details and medical history, using the SOAP method for recording a consultation, recording payments in the system and taking payment, improving the use of PPS
  • Observing the podiatrist in customer care management as well as various methods of treatment (general foot care, diabetic or neuropathy assessments, verrucae treatments, nail surgery, biomechanical assessments and orthoses advice), the importance of assuring treatment options are fully explained and verbal and written consent given; other advice and potential referral requirements
  • General administrative duties such as helping with stock control of podiatry sales items and ordering general office supplies
  • Preparing the disinfection of used instruments (autoclave etc) – Hemel only
  • Exposure to the requirements of an accredited practice
  • Writing blogs and updating content for the website
  • There may be scope to help with clinical research and learning techniques relative to bespoke orthotics production (depending on associate podiatrists’ agreement and availability).

Contact Judith A Sullivan, Practice Manager, Betafeet Podiatry,

By Judith Sullivan 09 Dec, 2017
By Reggie Simpson
By Judith Sullivan 28 Sep, 2017

We are delighted to announce that prose written by our Practice Business Manager, Reggie Simpson, will be featured in the Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Rhyme & Reason 2018 diary, now in its 26th year. The theme for this forthcoming year’s diary is ‘Freedom’. All proceeds from sales of the diary go to support this worthwhile charity.

Reggie says: ‘Although my entry wasn't among the top poetry and prize winners, I was chuffed to be selected for the 2018 diary. The theme was quite broad, but my degrees in politics and love of writing invariably drew me to entering the competition. In the end I settled on a focus of freedom in healthcare, no doubt inspired by my current employment at Betafeet Podiatry and the noble work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care ( ).

Rennie Grove Hospice Care, formally known as Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, merged with Grove House, St Albans in 2010 to integrate services in south western Hertfordshire. The ethos and values of the two charities were closely aligned with the principle of allowing patients to lead a good quality of life at home for as long as possible, helping patients and their families avoid the distress of unnecessary hospital visits whenever possible.

The diaries can be ordered from the Rennie Grove website, payment by debit/credit card. It's part of their annual Christmas/holiday promotion. There will also be copies in local Rennie Grove shops. They are £5 each with additional postage if bought online. Shop locations can be found here: .

Here is Reggie’s entry (to appear in the month of September 2018): 

‘Do not count the days; make the days count.’

Muhammad Ali. Professional Boxer.  Audacious. Charismatic. A winner in the ring.

But even when you have won it all, life throws you a few more punches.

Yes, his name opened doors and wealth, but the bombastic man of his younger years was humbled in later life, and following retirement, he dedicated himself increasingly to charitable work. Parkinson’s was already taking hold.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the highest honour the USA can bestow.   He died in June 2016, aged 74.

Now the news is about boxing helping dementia sufferers.

So what does this mean for freedom? Does getting battered around the head spell freedom and choice? One would say yes; a boxer is free to take such risks. When the consequences deal you a fatal blow as a result, when do you lose your freedom? Is it when you have been reduced to a shadow of your former self, a normal human being, and have to rely on others? Muhammad Ali likely had plenty of resources to ensure his final days would help him on his final journey.

We tend to think of freedom in political terms. It is hard to remove freedom in healthcare from politics. Think NHS reform, among others. Freedom in a healthcare environment means more to the individuals and families when they have life-limiting illnesses and need the care of volunteer-run hospices such as Iain Rennie Grove.

The NHS gives patients the rights to make choices about different aspects of the care they receive, from the different treatment options available. How these are chosen is individual, although for those with life threatening or limiting illnesses this choice will fall on family members. 

I quote the following:

‘In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties’.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Philosopher

September is World Alzheimer’s Month.




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