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Podiatry: Pre-Placement Portfolio

A subject guide for Podiatry from Queen Margaret University

Mandatory and Statutory Training

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are the regulatory body for Allied Health Professions, which includes Podiatrists. The HCPC produce the standards of proficiency and codes of conduct for all professions under their regulation.

Prior to your Podiatry practice placements we request that you read and reflect on the following documents:

Violence and Aggression

Prior to working directly with patients QMU require that all students undertake a level of violence and aggression training. Thankfully extreme instances of violence are still rare in health and social care, however all health care workers/students should have an awareness of the various ways violence and aggression may present in the health and social care setting, how these may escalate, and how to defuse or respond to these scenarios.

For the purposes of student Podiatry training at QMU, the violence and aggression online e module can be accessed via the following link:

Please open the above hyperlink which will take you to the NHS Health Scotland Virtual Learning Environment. Once you are there follow the outlined steps:

  • Login – small link at the top right of the page
  • Create a new account – link to the right of the page in the middle
  • Once you have an account, from the home page select ‘eLearning courses’ (link at the top)
  • Select ‘violence and aggression in the workplace’ from the course list
  • Click on the enrolment link
  • Work through the module and do the assessment at the end
  • Once completed please save your certificate (or a screen shot) for evidence in your portfolio

Child Protection

All health care workers who come into contact with children and young people have a responsibility to raise the alarm if there is suspicion of harm. Generally within NHS Scotland health boards there will be a specific local policy for addressing any concerns which may be raised. For your learning prior to your practice placements, please read and reflect on the following Scottish Government document which gives guidance around child protection: 

Basic Life Support

Training in basic life support is required for all health care workers and students. In semester 1 Dr Carla McArdle (Podiatry Lecturer) will contact all 1st year students to arrange this. Please await this contact.

Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Pathway (SIPECP)

All health care workers have a duty and responsibility to adhere to best practice recommendations around prevention and control of infection. QMU health care students are required to complete modules in relation to the SIPECP on the NHS learning platform called TURAS. In order to do this you must first create a TURAS login. To do this please go to the following link: . Once you have accessed this link, click on ‘Register’, at the top right of the page. Follow the online instructions to create and verify your account. Once verified, login to TURAS as indicated. Once you are in follow the below steps:


  • You will arrive at your ‘dashboard’. Click on the green box which says ‘Learn’.
  • Under the box saying ‘my learn’ there will be an ‘Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Zone’ option. Click into this.
  • To the left of the page click the ‘SIPCEP Foundation Layer’ option
  • The areas you have to complete are as follows (all areas will have a module and then an assessment – please print and retain all certificates after the assessments, for this portfolio):
    • Why infection prevention and control matters
    • Breaking the chain of infection
    • Hand hygiene
    • Personal protective Equipment
    • Blood and bodily fluid spillages
    • Prevention and management of occupational exposure
    • Safe disposal of waste
    • Infection prevention and control Clostridium Difficile

Information Governance (Confidentiality)

In health and social care all employees have a responsibility to ensure patient records and related sensitive information are kept confidential. Patient records should be accessed only by those who require to access them, and those who do access records should only access that which they need to and no more. It is a breach of conduct to access your own medical records or those of someone you know i.e. a family member, partner or friend. In order to ensure students are well informed about confidentiality regulations, we request that you read and reflect on the HCPC guidance around confidentiality. This can be accessed via the following link: 

Adult Support and Protection

All health care workers have a responsibility to ensure adults, particularly vulnerable adults, are safeguarded if harm is suspected. Please go to the following web page from the Scottish Government and read through, and reflect on, the content on Adult Support and Protection: 

Manual Handling

In order to ensure health care workers/students follow safe manual handling practices, manual handling training must be completed by all QMU students undertaking health care related programmes. Catherine McClintick (Radiography Lecturer) organises manual handling training for all students on health care programmes here at QMU. Please await contact for attending this training.