Podiatrists Registration Board Stakeholder Consultation

Background

The regulation of health and social care professions is essential to the provision of high-quality, safe and effective patient care. As the statutory body established to regulate the professions as designated in the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended), CORU’s Framework for Criteria for Education and Training Programmes and Framework Standards of Proficiency are designed to standardise the development of a consistent approach by the individual professions to the definition of education standards required for practice in Ireland. These standards are reviewed and adopted by the individual Registration Boards for use in approving and monitoring education and training programmes for these professions. These framework documents were approved by the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and introduced in December 2015.

The Podiatrists Registration Board (PODRB) is requesting feedback on the draft Standards of Proficiency (SOP) for Podiatrists and the draft Profession Specific Criteria for Education and Training Programmes for use in opening the Register for Podiatrists. These are based on the Framework Standards of Proficiency and Framework Criteria for Education and Training Programmes as approved by Council.

Standards of Proficiency

These are the knowledge, skills and professional qualities that should be demonstrated by graduates of an approved programme for the safe and appropriate practice of podiatry. They are the threshold standards for entry to the profession.

The Standards of Proficiency are designed to describe what the newly graduate podiatrists should be able to do in order to enter the register. The language of the revised Standards therefore is focused on graduate outcomes, skills and abilities and uses the phrase ‘the graduate will be able to…’

Criteria for Education and Training Programmes

The Criteria for Education and Training Programmes outline the management and supports a programme must have and are used to ensure that a programme has a system in place to consistently and safely produce graduates who meet the standards of proficiency for the profession. The Criteria include specifications about practice placement and the academic level of programmes.

Online Questionnaire

You are now invited to submit your personal views or your organisation’s views on the draft Criteria and Standards for podiatrists by completing this online questionnaire. We encourage responses to all of the questions as well as any additional comments that you would like to make. Following this consultation process and consideration of submissions received, both the Criteria and Standards of Proficiency will be reviewed by the Podiatrists Registration Board.

The consultation process will close at 5pm on Monday 06 January 2020. Any submissions received after this time and date will not be considered. 

If you have any questions or if you require further information, please contact CORU by telephone on 01 472 7942 or by email on education@coru.ie

We thank you in advance for your participation in this consultation.

Documents and Links

Please see the Core Criteria for Education and Training Programmes consultation document here. Please be reminded, feedback is not being sought regarding this document.

Please see the draft Profession Specific Criteria for Education and Training Programmes for Podiatrists consultation document here.

Please see the draft Standards of Proficiency for Podiatrists consultation document here.

Please see the online questionnaire here.