Podiatry qualifications and registration explained

It is important to ensure that the person you entrust to look after your feet is suitably qualified.

The initials MChS mean that the podiatrist is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. A practicing member of the Society is assured of having professional indemnity insurance cover.

The initials BSc or DPodM signify that the podiatrist has completed a full training course in Podiatry.

Many podiatrists choose to register with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC is the regulatory body that was set up to protect the public. Only professionals who meet the national standards for training, professional skills and behaviour can register with them. They also need to be able to demonstrate relevant and on-going continued professional development, which ensures that skills and knowledge is maintained. To check that your podiatrist is HCPC registered and adheres to the national standards, you can check the register online (www.hcpc-uk.co.uk).