Barbara Aitken BSc (Hons) MCPoD
HCPC Registered No. CH28879
Barbara graduated in 2007 from Southampton University with a 2:1 Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Podiatry after performing 1,000 podiatric clinic hours working in the NHS treating patients with high risk systemic disease, such as diabetes and arthritic conditions and successfully completed vascular, neurological, and musculoskeletal assessments.
During her degree, she had her research paper in ‘determining callus descriptors’ announced at several conferences, in Denmark, Canada, F.I.P., and at many UK based conferences.
Since graduating, Barbara works in private practice primarily treating general foot health care needs, including treatment for common conditions such as plantar fasciitis, morton neuroma, metatarsalgia, diabetic foot conditions, skin lesions, nail disorders, verrucae, together with giving educational advice.
Barbara has experience in treating many musculoskeletal problems and is well researched in areas of orthotic therapy and she is able to advise patients on appropriate shoe models for every-day footwear. She has a special interest in podiatric soft tissue manipulation and joint mobilisation in the lower limb to assist patients’ foot function and mobility.
In addition, Barbara has completed Postgraduate Certificates in:
•Podiatric Soft Tissue and Joint Mobilisation.
•Advanced injection therapy.
•LCN acrylic nail reconstruction.
Barbara is a member of the The College of Podiatry (CoP) and regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and entitled to practise using the following terms:
•Local Anaesthetic & Prescription only Medicine.
Every year, Barbara attends several major continuing professional development (CPD) meetings in order to stay current with foot care and lower limb treatment changes. While endeavouring to stay current, every effort is made to separate the fads and gimmicks from techniques that will be of greater benefit to you, the patient.
Barbara is the CoP Guildford Branch Treasurer and involved in organising many CPD events for CoP members to enhance thier CPD skills in order to offer best practice clinical procedures.
Sarah graduated from the University of Brighton, School of Health Professions in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree. Pre-registration, her clinical hours were gained at Leaf Foot Hospital in Eastbourne and Central Surrey Health. Sarah’s placements at Kings College Hospital, London and Eastbourne District General Hospital enabled her to gain experience within the high risk diabetic foot clinic and rheumatology departments, which included assessing, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of patients. On graduating, Sarah achieved the Podiatry Staff Prize for 2007.
Sarah worked in the NHS for Surrey Primary Care Trust until April 2013, based at The Jarvis Centre in Guildford; Farnham Hospital and many associated local clinics. Sarah’s schedule included visiting NHS housebound patients at home. Since leaving the NHS, she works at several private clinics within the local area.
Sarah is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. This is the regulatory board for podiatrists and other Allied Health Professions, who set the standards for State Registration and NHS employment. She is also a member of The College of Podiatry, who provide professional indemnity insurance cover. She regularly attends meetings of the college's Guildford Branch and enjoys the opportunity to meet with colleagues, and discuss changes in clinical techniques, equipment and pharmaceuticals relevant to her practice. She also attends courses and study days in order to stay up to date with current changes within the profession.
Sarah has many transferable skills gained from previous employment. She is a qualified veterinary nurse with head nurse status. In 1999, she won Veterinary Healthcare Advisor of the Year for her work in designing, promoting and running a newly established veterinary clinic. Between 1995 and 1997, she worked for Dogs Today Magazine in the editorial office. This included promotional work at N.E.C. Crufts; Discover Dogs at Earls Court and appeared on Channel 4’s ‘The Big Breakfast’.
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