British Chiropody and Podiatry Association

What BCPA Chiropodists and Podiatrists Treat

Podiatrists or chiropodists are health professionals who have undergone education and training on how to identify, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate back to health abnormal conditions of the lower limbs and the feet. They can also help in the prevention of these problems. They help in correction of deformed lower limbs, treat infections, relieve pain, and help people to stay mobile and active.

They can provide the entire family with advice on how to care for your feet and lower limbs. They advise on what kind of shoes to wear depending on the particular problem you might be suffering from. Some of the illnesses that podiatrist or chiropodist treat are:

  • Bunions
  • Dry and cracked feet
  • Blisters
  • Sports injuries
  • Corns and calluses
  • Verrucas
  • Athletes foot
  • Heel pain
  • Flat feet
  • Gout
  • Toenail issues such as ingrown toenails, fungal infections, and thickened nails

To answer a frequently asked question, there is no difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist. Its only that podiatrist is a more modern name and more popularly used.

About The BCPA

The BCPA or better known as the British Chiropody and Podiatry Association is a body that was formed in 1959, and it is the leading professional body for registered chiropodists and podiatrists who work in the private sector. This association represents the needs, requirements, and interests of thousands of these professionals’, the majority who are from the SMAE Institute in Maidenhead Berkshire.

  • Counterparts and members of this professional association are entitled to use different letters to show their qualifications levels and grounds of practice. For instance, a member can use MBChA meaning Member of the British Chiropody and Podiatry Association or MSSCh meaning Member of the School of Surgical Chiropody. In addition, incorporated in the BCPA is the Association of Foot Health Professionals using the letters MAFHP. This category of foot health professionals offers equal support to the BCPA as it does to the public.

    Together with the SMAE Institute, the BCPA is able to effectively represent thousands of its members. The members are either in private practice, in education or the NHS. Chiropody is diversified in very many ways. Therefore, the SMAE Institute and the BCPA accord its members support throughout all of their career stages even when they keep changing from one sector to the other.

    In order to safeguard the chiropodists’ reputation and to provide quality services to the public, an education threshold was set in the year 2005. The rules were set such that the only way anyone can become a podiatrist is through a three-year degree program. As such, the SMAE Institute provides CPD of high quality for the BCPA members to ensure that they adhere to the CPD requirements of the HCPC.

    The British Chiropody and podiatry association boasts of many years of establishment of the professional body. This association is well respected and acknowledged by not only thousands of podiatrists but also happy and satisfied patients, Foot Health Professionals and the HCPC. The support, advice, and protection offered by the body give you the confidence to practice your career without fear or worry.

    What the BCPA Offers

    For anyone to receive the kind of support, guidance, and advice that BCPA offers, they have to join the association and become members. The price of the membership is only £290 a year, being a member of the BCPA comes with the following benefits:

    Professional Support

    • Guidance on safety and health measures that one should take. This may include control of infections and risk assessment and decontamination of practicing equipment.
    • Clinically acceptable guidelines. This will majorly cover waste disposal, self-safety measures, and minimum acceptable standards guidelines.
    • It also offers support on formal representations at HCPC and the local disciplinary hearing.

    Business Support

    • The body advice professionals on employment issues.
    • Networking detailed advice both locally and internationally.
    • Advice to members who intend to start up a private practice. They offer advice on the legal aspect of the business, accounting, and partnership training on how to handle your business.

    Continual Professional Development

    • Gives members access to bi-annual BCPA national conferences.
    • Allows members to access various courses at the SMAE Institute.
    • Gives access to the members to get Nail Surgery Course, local anesthesia, and prescriptions only medicine.

    BCPA Insurance Cover

  • The insurance cover offered by the institution covers the podiatrist against the following:
    • Treatment, product and liability cover of up to a maximum of 5 million Euros on every claim.
    • Professional medical malpractice and public liability insurance cover of up to 5 million Euros.

    Why Join The BCPA?

    Being a member of the BCPA offers a number of benefits and these include:

    • Access to huge discounts on selected clinical supplies. These are only available for members. Non-members have to purchase the treatments at the full price.
    • Access to the quarterly issue of helpful Journal of Podiatric Medicine. The journal contains a lot of information on the development and growth that has taken place in the podiatric medical world.
    • Members are able to get themselves represented at the national groups.
    • Access to the local branch network. This network has up to 13 branches nationally. This means, if you are in private practice, you widen your opportunities to meet people who can help your business grow fast.
    • Full access to the SMAE website, which contains information on podiatrist, latest news, and discussion.

    Podiatry could end up being a very boring practice if everyone ended up in their own cocoon. Being part of an association makes you get in touch with people whom you can easily get along with since you share the same interests. Having like-minded people around you, puts you in an advantageous position since you can contact other people in case of problems, support, and advice on something that you are not sure of how to handle.

    As an association member, it increases your chances of getting more clients. Other members of your practice can give referrals and details of your job to increase your clientele.