Personal Footcare Guidance

The overall aim of the personal footcare guidance is to improve the way in which personal footcare is supported and delivered through the implementation of good practice guidance.

4: A Sustainable Model for Personal Footcare

It is recognised that in many cases personal footcare can be undertaken by individuals themselves, family members or by care providers and care staff.

However for those individuals unable to manage their own personal footcare needs, easily accessible support for personal footcare or a specific personal footcare service can offer the support they require to maintain their foot health.

A partnership approach to addressing local needs within each area is fundamental. Collaborative working, both in planning and delivery, is important to ensure a joint approach to how personal footcare can be effectively provided for those unable to self care. Close partnership between colleagues in health, social care, third and independent sectors will be critical to developing appropriate pathways and ensuring that individuals receive the right care provided by the right person at the right time.

What models of good practice are available?

A range of models of personal footcare support have emerged across the UK and beyond.[1]

All the models have benefits and advantages that would support the gap in the current support for individuals to self care and the provision of personal footcare for others.

A mixture and range of models is likely to be required to address the personal footcare needs within a local population. These are described in Appendix 3 with each model highlighting an example of good practice currently in place in Scotland.


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