Working with leprosy victims in Nepal
Final year Podiatry student at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), Bethany Jones, embarked on the trip of a lifetime when she travelled to Nepal to carry out research work for her final dissertation.
After contacting the Leprosy Trust, she was offered a placement at Lalgadh Hospital which has treated thousands of patients suffering with the painful disease since it opened 15-years-ago.
She had one-on-one patient contact to carry out pioneering research on how leprosy affects the lower limbs as it causes Peripheral Neuropathy –damage to the nerves.
Further details and a link to her diary are here.
Podiatry on BBC Wales
Wales Centre for Podiatry Senior Lecturer Jeff Evans recently was a guest on the Welsh Current affairs telvision prgramme 'X-Ray' on BBC Wales. Jeff was interviewed by presenter Lucy Owen.
Jeff was on the show to discuss chidlrens shoes while he also discussed in detail how parents should approach choosing the right shoe for their children and what they should, or shouldn't, wear at home.
Access to the full article featuring Jeff can be found on the BBC website.
Current Podiatry student Joanne Tozer works as a phlebotomist in the summer, helping her financially while studying Podiatry at UWIC. This is what Joanne had to say about her experiences working in the phlebotomy area;
"In the holidays I work as a phlebotomist for an NHS trust. Phlebotomy involves taking blood samples for diagnostic testing from inpatients, outpatients and in outreach clinics. My experience working in phlebotomy has provided me with a valuable insight into how the NHS works and what samples are used to diagnose and monitor patients."
National Podiatry Conference
Between 19th and 21st November members of UWIC Podiatry and 7 final year students attended the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists annual conference which was held in the Harrogate International Centre.
During the conference, Podiatry staff member Dr Sarah Curran delivered a presentation entitled 'High heeled footwear and the influence of prefabricated orthotic inserts on gait efficiency'. Dr Curran also presented 3 posters on general practice and surgery.
The conference also featured plenary sessions from Dr Howard Dananberg (USA), Professor William Jeffcoate (UK) and Profesor Keith Rome (New Zealand). Further information can be found at the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists website.
UWIC Podiatry in Ireland
From September 28th until 2nd October 3 members of UWIC Podiatry travelled to Galway, Ireland to work for the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE). Dr Sarah Curran, Elaine Jenkins and Glynis Brown attended the new, recently opened Podiatry School where they examined candidates in the clinical unit.
The UWIC team were assisted by school clinical staff including David Watterson, Lynda Donnellan, Louise Hepworth and HSE representative Frances Connelly. The accompanying image shows the team.