At your first appointment we’ll discuss your medical history and any concerns you have. We’ll examine your feet and if needed, we’ll also carry out some basic tests.

Once we’ve assessed your needs, we’ll chat through your treatment options and decide on the best course of action. For minor problems you may not need treatment and we’ll give you advice on how to manage your symptoms at home.

Some conditions can be treated at your 1st appointment and you’ll be discharged from the service straight away. For more complex conditions, you may need a course of treatment, in which case we’ll arrange further appointments with you as needed.

If you’re unable to leave your home due to your health, we may be able to treat you at home.

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Refer yourself to the podiatry service.


Podiatrists are specialists in the foot, ankle and lower leg. We are trained to assess, diagnose treat and manage foot and lower limb disorders. Podiatrists have a wide and varied scope of practice from management and prevention of diabetic foot ulcers to assessment of walking and orthotic prescription.

Podiatry assistant

Podiatry assistants work alongside podiatrists to provide treatment for patients. They undertake some foot care treatments independently, as well as assisting in nail surgery, assisting in wound care and giving foot care and footwear advice.

NHS Careers in NCIC Podiatry

We are a large progressive department with four main sites at Penrith, Carlisle, Workington and Whitehaven, with numerous peripheral clinics.

We provide treatment grounded in evidence based practice. Offering a varied caseload including high risk preventative treatments, foot ulcer management, biomechanical assessment and prescribing orthotics to improve foot function or reduce pain and nail surgery. We offer a programme of learning based on nationally recognised competencies to support career progression, including rotations in the Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Clinic and Biomechanics Clinic.

We work closely with the research and Design Department, participating in research and encouraging clinicians to develop research ideas. We audit both locally to support service improvements and nationally. Opportunities for collaborative working with Universities

Training Routes

Traditional Approved BSc Degree course 

  • Full time course 3-yr course
  • Podiatry with Foundation 4-yrs
  • Theory based learning with variety of rations available

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs (grades A-C) including language, maths and science
  • Three A levels, including a bilogical science or equivalent

BSc Apprenticeship

  • Fulltime 3 years
  • Work based programme 
  • Allocates specific times to work under direct supervision

Entry requirements

  • Three GCSEs ( minimum grade C mathematics, English and a science subject)
  • Evidence of Level 3 qualification
  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS (check or equivalent)

Scope of Practice 

Foot health advice for new patients, walking assessments and treatments, sports injuries, gait analysis, Diabetes, Rheumatology, rehabilitation, maining mobility, nail surgery and skin conditions.

  1. Very helpful staff who take a coordinated and holistic approach focusing on prevention as well as treatment.
  2. Feel I was listened to and received good care.
  3. My foot problem is much better due to the excellent care and service.
  4. Very polite and professional and gave me first class treatment.
  5. I always felt well informed and cared for in a friendly and approachable way.
  6. The staff I saw made me feel very confident in my treatment.

Flatt Walks Health Centre
3 Castle Meadows
CA28 7QE

01946 692173

North Carlisle Medical Centre
Eden Street

01228 608020

Penrith Health Centre
Bridge Lane
CA11 8HX

01768 245628

Workington Community Hospital
Park Lane
CA14 2RW

01900 705120