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Foot Health Professional Clinical Training

FHP Clinical Training

The clinics at Maidenhead treat over 14,000 patients per year, thus offering a comprehensive range of medical conditions with which our students can develop real “hands-on” experience.

Actually seeing, understanding and working with patients is an important part of our training.

As well as working on foot complaints such as calluses and corns, the student will learn to treat verruca/warts using chemicals and will see demonstrations of cryosurgery (freezing). In addition, the student will learn how to reduce nails with a variety of nail drills and nippers and learn scalpel technique.

During their clinical training the student will be taught how to treat diabetic patients, elderly patients and those with peripherhal neuropathies. The student will also be taught to make detachable pads and will be shown how to treat conditions such as metatarsalgia, and flat foot. All of these are studied prior to the clinical training and therefore this allows the students to develop their knowledge through clinical experience.

The Clinic is open for Clinical Training all year round except for two weeks over the Christmas period. Therefore you are able to choose the dates to attend the Clinical Training so that you fit the time away from home around your personal commitments.


  • Padding techniques
  • Use of surgical drills
  • Diagnosis of common foot problems
  • Care of the elderly foot
  • Management of septic conditions
  • Management of disorders of the nail
  • Treatment of verruca
  • Practice management

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What qualification will I be awarded?

Upon successful completion of the theory and practical element (Diploma) you will receive a Diploma in Foot Health (Dip FH), which is credit rated at 60 Higher Education Credits. Once qualified the initials you may use after your name are “Dip FH”.

Once qualified you are invited to join the British Association of Foot Health Professionals (BAFHP) where membership includes indemnity insurance to practise, and a number of extras, such as a copies of our Quarterly Journal and monthly Newsletters throughout the year. You also have the option of joining one of the 13 regional branches where members meet up quarterly.

You will have eligibility for Membership of the College of Foot Health Professionals (MCFHP) and Membership of the British Association of Foot Health Professionals (MAFHP) meaning upon qualified and insured the initials you may use after your name are “Dip FH, MCFHP MAFHP”.

Overseas students will need to ensure that they can obtain insurance to practice in their home countries after successful completion of their course. They may, however, apply for “Membership Only” which will enable them to use the following initials after their name “Dip FH, MCFHP MAFHP”. The “Membership Only” option is only available to individuals residing overseas and does not include insurance to practice. 

Theory and Clinical Training

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If you would prefer, you can pay for the full course which includes both the theory course and clinical training. With our special offer of £100 off the theory course fee it means you can enrol online today for the whole course at just £1,811, rather than £1,911 (UK). If you would like to enrol now you can do so by clicking below, which includes the £100 discount.

We also have an option of spreading this cost over 12 months. For more information about this option please contact us at

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