Health Education England [HEE] has teamed up with a number of partners to develop a new e-learning programme for podiatrists providing apprenticeship training.

The Podiatry Undergraduate and Postgraduate apprenticeship course will support podiatrists delivering training at foundation, intermediate and graduate level.

The course has been developed in partnership with Health Education England e-learning for healthcare, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Health and Care Innovations Limited, the University of Plymouth podiatry team and HEE South Wales.

Made up primarily of video-based content , the programme will provide consistent clinical education for the learners and competency evaluation for podiatrists delivering the training. It will enable training to be completed remotely by apprenticeships who are based in the workplace in a time-efficient way.

The 83 videos have been reviewed and approved by clinical teams with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Plymouth podiatry lecturers. Topics covered include: clinical procedures; surgery and conditions; equipment; governance; and protocols.

Angela Abbott, project lead for South West Podiatry Workforce Action Plan who initiated the e-learning programme, said: “These videos have been developed by South West teams with support from HEE, they aim to describe and demonstrate a range of topics and skills that podiatrists should encounter in the workplace.

We hope they will provide consistency for our students on placement and help save educators and mentors time.”

Health Education England has been focused on digital transformation in recent years. In 2019 it announced it had recruited 17 digital fellows to design and deliver digital health initiatives within their trusts. It’s e-learning for healthcare hub delivers over 400 elearning programmes in collaboration with a number of healthcare partners.