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Foot Health Care Practitioner (RQF) Diploma Level 3

Overview

Foot Health Care Practitioner (RQF) Diploma Level 3 is perfect for learners who wish to work within the health and social care sector as it provides learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding to operate as a foot health care practitioner.

Foot Health Care Practitioners promote awareness of preventing and treating foot disorders and attend customers in private practices, or within medical spas. Learners will be fully trained as competent professionals with common foot and skin problems as well as the business aspect of setting up a practice.

How does the course work? 

This is a distance learning course which means that you will work from home in your own time. You will be responsible for your own study time, but you are free to fit it around your other commitments such as work or family life.

The course is composed of twelve lessons of theory training which will be completed as part of your home study. You will also have two weeks of practical foot health practitioner training which will be completed at our fully equipped Foot Health Training Centre in Birmingham.

The amount of study hours you will need to dedicate to your studies depends on how much time you can dedicate to your studies as well how well you are able to grasp the learning materials. Furthermore, at the end over every lesson, you will be given a question paper to complete and return to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

Modules

Unit One: Therapeutics, medications and instruments for the foot health care practitioner (A/506/9529)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand treatments used in foot health care.
  • Understand the risks of corticosteroids in foot health care.
  • Be able to apply covers and dressing materials to the foot.
  • Be able to use foot health care instruments.

Unit Two: Treatment of dermatological pathologies for the foot health care practitioner (A/506/9532)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the structure and function of the skin.
  • Understand the importance of nutrition for skin health.
  • Understand disorders and conditions which affect the skin of the foot.
  • Understand dermatological pathologies of the foot.
  • Be able to treat dermatological pathologies of the foot safely.
  • Be able to record details of treatment for legislative purposes.
  • Be able to sanitise the work area after treatment.

Unit Three: Circulation for the foot health care practitioner (D/506/9524)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the importance of measuring blood pressure for foot health care.
  • Be able to check the circulation of the lower limb.
  • Understand circulatory disorders of the lower limb.      

Unit Four: Communicate and record information in a foot health care environment (H/506/9525)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able communicate with foot health care client.
  • Be able to record information relevant to foot health care.
  • Understand how to communicate with other professionals.
  • Outline the importance of keeping records of communications sent to professionals.

Unit Five: Infection prevention and control for foot care practitioners (K/506/9526)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how infection of the feet is caused.
  • Know how infection can spread.
  • Be able to maintain hygiene when administering foot care.
  • Be able to use sterilisation methods for foot health care.
  • Be able to dispose of waste safely in a foot healthcare environment.

Unit 6: Nail dystrophies in foot health care (M/506/9527)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the structure and function of nails
  • Understand the importance of nutrition for clients’ nail health.
  • Know the dystrophies of nails.
  • Understand how to treat nail dystrophies safely.
  • Be able to treat nail dystrophies.
  • Be able to follow procedures to legislative requirements.

Unit Seven: Supporting clients with Diabetes in foot health care (M/506/9530)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the regulation of blood sugar levels.
  • Understand complications due to diabetes being uncontrolled.
  • Be able to test for sensory function of the lower limb.
  • Be able to support clients with diabetes in foot health care.
  • Demonstrate how to administer first aid safely to diabetics.
  • Explain the importance of recording all treatments and discussions in line with legal requirements.

Unit Eight: Principles of anatomy and physiology for the foot health care practitioner (T/506/9528)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the structure and function of the circulatory system.
  • Know how the respiratory system functions.
  • Understand the structure and function of the muscular skeletal system.
  • Know the structure and function of the nervous system.
  • Know the process of immunity.
  • Know the functions of systems that maintain balance within the body.

Unit Nine: Setting up a practice in foot health care (T/506/9531)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the business logistics of setting up a practice for foot health care.
  • Understand the steps in assessing a business opportunity.
  • Be able to plan a foot health care business.

Unit Ten: Apply foot care treatment procedures (Y/506/9523)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to prepare for foot care treatments.
  • Be able to make recommendations for treatment.
  • Be able to carry out treatment safely.
  • Be able to apply nail cutting techniques safely.
  • Be able to safely apply abrasion techniques for nails and skin.
  • Be able to evaluate foot care treatments.

Requirements

There is no previous experience or qualification needed to enrol on this course; it is openly available to all students providing they are at least 18 years of age.

You will also be required to complete two weeks of practical Foot Health Practitioner training to complete this course.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 116 hrs.

Qualifications

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive the Lifetime Awarding Level 3 Diploma for the Foot Health Care Practitioner (RQF) which is listed on the RQF framework at Level 3.

This qualification also carries 37 credits. 

Students who successfully complete this course could be working within a foot care practitioner role, running their own foot care practice or progressing to generic management qualifications or specialist management qualifications for the health and social care sector.

If you wish to increase your responsibilities and build up your career you will could become a chiropodist / podiatrist; by continuing your education and training, you could be earning up to £39,000+* / year.

*Source: Payscale.com, Sept. 2012.

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