'Hands on Feet' diabetes training

face to face ('in house' or open workshops) - currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak (please Contact us if you are ready to discuss future dates)

virtual sessions - find out more here

The NHS spends more on diabetic footcare in England than the combined cost of breast, prostate and lung cancers; with over 90% of expenditure relating to ulceration (The cost of diabetic foot disease in England, Marion Kerr: The Diabetic Foot Journal Vol 22 No 4 2019)!  Having a foot ulcer can have a huge impact on someone's health and wellbeing.  Diabetic foot ulcers are preventable, and even 75% of recurrent ulcers could be avoided.  


Therefore, we have decided to expand our 'hands on feet' training portfolio to further support both the clinical and non-clinical community who care for or treat people living with diabetes. Going beyond the care and health workforce we now also offer:

  • a 'diabetic foot awareness' workshop for beauty and wellness therapists (who are a valuable extra pair of eyes, ears and hands for their clients who live with diabetes).  We feel they could be part of the solution to reduce the incidence of diabetic foot problems and amputations

  • an 'ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI)' workshop for the clinical workforce - training that is not just the theory!


All of the ‘hands on feet’ workshops can be run ‘in house’, exclusively for your organisation at your location.  Alternatively, we also periodically run open workshops in various locations across East Anglia where individual places can be booked (see link at the bottom of the page for a summary of all currently scheduled open workshops). As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we are planning to schedule some virtual training sessions (click link above or at the bottom of the page for more details).

Our face to face workshops are held as small, interactive groups which include activities and practical sessions.  In the virtual setting this is less easy to achieve, however we will endeavour to accommodate interactive elements to the workshops and video based demonstrations if live ones are not possible. Learners who attend a virtual workshop and wish to attend a face to face workshop at a later date to experience the practical element of the training (and have a refresher!), will qualify for a discount for the face to face workshop.

The face to face workshops accommodate up to 12 learners, unless otherwise stated.  The virtual sessions will vary in size - the maximum number of learners will be included along with details for each scheduled virtual workshop.

Please do get in touch if you would like to be notified when open workshops are scheduled, or would like to suggest or offer a suitable venue.

We offer discounts to providers when we use their training facilities as an open workshop venue
– please talk to us if you would like to know more.


Our 'hands on feet' workshops are run by an experienced Podiatrist 

Diabetic Foot Screening   |   4 hours f2f

Originally offered as an open workshop (off site) in response to requests, we can now also run this workshop 'in house' at your place of work.  This workshop is for all practitioners, from carers to trained professionals, who are involved in examining the feet of people with diabetes.  Using NICE guidance as a framework the workshop aims to equip the learner with the knowledge and skills to competently examine and screen the diabetic foot for potential and actual problems. It covers:

  • The definition of a foot ulcer

  • When foot screening should be performed

  • Who can undertake a diabetic foot examination

  • The factors contributing to someone developing a foot ulcer

  • The method and steps to take when examining the diabetic foot

  • Local and national diabetic foot risk algorithms

  • How to apply the correct risk classification

  • Suitable footwear for people with diabetes

  • The causes of neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

  • The Ipswich Touch Test

  • The process of referral for the person with diabetes at each classification of risk

  • Practical demonstration by the educator (a HCPC registered podiatrist) who then observes and assists the learners during a practical session

The learners have plenty of 'hands on feet' time to put the theory and skills learnt into practice.  The 'core skills and capability' of each learner will be assessed by the educator during the workshop.


In house: £450

Open workshop: £55pp

Virtual session: 

Contact us to book this workshop

Diabetic Foot Awareness for Beauty and Wellness Therapists   |   4 hours f2f  or  2 hours 40 mins virtual

This training is designed for beauty and wellness therapists (who provide foot related treatments such as pedicures and reflexology), to understand the diabetic foot and feel confident of when to treat and when to leave alone, as well as what advice to give and when to encourage clients to seek additional footcare from a healthcare professional if they spot signs of foot problems.

This workshop covers:

  • What diabetes is and associated signs and symptoms

  • A brief overview of the short/long term effects (complications) of diabetes

  • What is a foot ulcer?

  • The observable risk factors leading to foot problems

  • Suitable and unsuitable footwear for people with diabetes

  • The causes of neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

  • The appropriate action to take and advice to give clients

  • Practical demonstration by the educator who then observes and assists the learners during their practical session


The learners have plenty of 'hands on feet' time to put the theory and skills learnt into practice.


In house: £400

Open workshop: £50pp

Virtual session: visit the virtual workshops page for dates and to book

Contact us to book this workshop as a face to face session

Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI) Assessment
 full day f2f  or  6 hours virtual

This workshop is designed to build on the learner’s knowledge and understanding of diabetes and wound management; giving them ability to further assess the vascular status of an individual to establish or exclude the presence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).  Up to 8 learners can be accommodated at the workshop, which covers:

  • The rationale behind undertaking an ABPI assessment

  • The principles of Doppler Ultrasound

  • Measuring, calculating and interpreting the ABPI

  • Factors affecting the ABPI

  • Toe pressures/Toe Brachial Index

  • Practical demonstration by the educator (a HCPC registered podiatrist) who then observes and assists the learners during a practical session



In house: £700 (excluding lunch)

Open workshop: £99 (excluding lunch)

Virtual session: £55pp visit the virtual workshops page for dates and to book via 'eventbrite'


Contact us to book this workshop as a face to face session

Diabetic Foot Screening Train the Trainer
2 day course

This workshop will be formally launched at the Diabetes Professional Care (DPC2020) conference 11 & 12 November 2020.

This two day course takes the learners through a training and diabetic foot journey including all aspects covered in our 'diabetic foot screening' workshop along with:

  • an interactive general 'train the trainer' session to provide generic skills which the learner can use throughout their career 

  • an introduction to diabetes and podiatry

  • screening of the diabetic foot - a practical guide

  • the tools and confidence to deliver effective diabetic foot screening training


More details will follow regarding the cost and the associated materials which will be available to access under a license agreement once a member of your organisation has attended the course.

Please register your interest by clicking the button below to send us an email with your name, place of work, role and contact details.  We will be in touch when the dates have been scheduled.

*Cost: for face to face workshops the figure stated excludes educator's travel/accommodation - depending on the location of the workshop this may be an additional cost which will be discussed and agreed prior to issuing an invoice

Virtual training

Find out more information about planned virtual sessions

Open workshops

For a summary of all planned face to face open workshops, including locations
and prices

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