Become part of a community

Connecting nearly 10,000 members as the largest community of podiatrists in the UK. This includes networking and events through your local branch, mentoring, peer to peer support and advice.

How you can join our community

Working to promote high standards of professional practice to ensure that the public has confidence in the podiatry profession. Setting a positive tone and culture, seeking assurance over the way in which the organisation is run.
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Branches

Branches listen to and represent your interests within the College. With a great source of support and learning in your local area. A network to other members and a place where you can share ideas, support and encouragement.

Join a branch

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Council

The Council is the Royal College of Podiatry's Board of Directors and is its strategic body. It has 14 members elected by the Voting Members of the College. Council meets several times a year.

Learn more about Council

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Specialist Advisory Groups

If you work in a specific area of expertise within the profession, then you can join one of our specialist advisory groups. These are groups of likeminded clinicians working in the same field working to advise the College and its members. These groups also host their own events.

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Become a workplace representative

With your help we can continue to make the Royal College of Podiatry more effective as a trade union and responsive to the members you represent. Members need advice, support and information on their working conditions and you act as the important link between the member and the union. 

Share your views

As a member of the College, you have access to a wide range of opportunities to have your say and to share your views to help shape the future of podiatry and its progression. From joining the members' forum to speaking at conference, these opportunities can be a hugely rewarding within the profession and your career. Members can also be involved in publications such as the College’s Professional Membership Magazine to being a guest blogger. 

Join the union

RCPod is the only trade union in the UK solely dedicated to representing podiatrists. As a specially trained workplace rep you will be able to understand the working environment and the types of issues that you might face. We also have Employment Relations Officers there to support you with more complex cases. Email employmentsupport@rcpod.org.uk for more details.

Become a speaker

Are you looking to participate at one of our events or conferences as a speaker? The College actively seeks medical professionals to speak on various topics in order to provide a fresh and diverse educational programme. Email comms@rcpod.org.uk providing details of your name, qualifications, medical specialities and contact details.

Course/workshop leaders

Are you looking to participate or collaborate in our courses or workshop programmes? The College actively seeks medical professionals in order to provide clinical practice, business innovation and research from a global community perspective. Email education@rcpod.org.uk providing details of your name, qualifications, medical specialities and contact details.

The Members' Forum

The Members’ Forum takes place every two years; designed to give our members an opportunity to feedback directly to the College. Raising issues and talking about the things that matter most to them about the profession and the organisation. It is member-led and allows all of our different groups of members to engage in a variety of ways. Visit our members’ forum.

Writing for The Podiatrist

The Podiatrist is the College’s Professional Membership Magazine. Including the latest clinical articles to dedicated CPD. If you would like to submit an article for review and consideration to be included in our bi-monthly magazine, please email emma@the-podiatrist.co.uk

Writing a blog article

Our blog features a number of guest bloggers from professional bodies to medical professionals sharing their views and latest research.

If you would like to submit a blog article for review and consideration please email comms@rcpod.org.uk.

Our members make a difference

Dedicating time to make a difference our members help to support a number of charities, events and provide care in their community and worldwide. Volunteering their skills and time to improve to the lives of others. View some of our member’s experiences.

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Free member listing on Find a Podiatrist

Members working in private practice can have a free practice listing on the College website and NHS website (previously NHS Choices). This allows potential patients to find their nearest podiatrist from a list of our members.

How to help others in your community

From becoming a mentor to participating in fundraising, members are actively encouraged to help others in their community. The College also promotes community events through newsletters, social media and via our members' area on our website.
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Mentoring

Our online mentoring platform creates a space to share knowledge, skills, tools and guidance to support you. Whether you want to be a mentor, a mentee, or both. Mentoring aims to help members with their professional development.

Become a mentor

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Volunteering

As a member you have access to a wide range of volunteering opportunities. Being a volunteer can be a hugely rewarding thing to do. Members can be involved in their local branch, provide career talks or provide podiatry support.

View volunteering opportunities

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Fundraising

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Current fundraising projects

Charity collaborations

Your opportunity to work with a number of charities in order to provide podiatry services and expertise supporting those who are fundraising in sporting events or by assisting those in the community who are most vulnerable.

If you are a holding a charity event or require voluntary podiatry support for your charity, please contact the Royal College of Podiatry for further charity collaboration opportunities via email comms@rcpod.org.uk.

The London Marathon

The London Marathon has more than 40,000 participants on the traditional course from Blackheath to The Mall completing the 26.2 miles on the course. Volunteers will assist with podiatry services to runners at the event.

Volunteer as a podiatrist for the London Marathon 

Crisis

Qualified podiatrists are needed to assist Crisis at Christmas in the London area. Dates to attend are provided by the College yearly from October onwards. Volunteers will help to provide essential care to some of the most vulnerable in the community.

Volunteer as a podiatrist with Crisis at Christmas

Sharing opportunities within your community

From podiatry job vacancies in the UK and around the world to the latest practices for sale. Advertising items wanted to articles for sale. View more details on our classified adverts to see how you can share with your community. 
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