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Directorate of Education, Academic and Clinical Governance

Directorate of Education, Academic and Clinical Governance

The Directorate of Education. Academic and Clinical Governance consists of two synergistic committees. A Committee of Education and a Committee of Academic and Clinical Governance. They meet on the same day and work in collaboration to support the accreditation of education in all areas and at all levels. It also supports the Clinical Governance agenda across all areas of practice.

Committee of the Directorate of Education   

The Committee of the Directorate of Education is the advisory body on all matters relating to education leading to higher education awards that is of direct relevance to podiatry, at pre- and post-registration levels. It will also advise on the provision of continuing professional development.

  • Maintains an overview of all activities relevant to pre-registration training and impacting upon the education of aspiring podiatrists.
  • Maintains an overview of the pre-registration curriculum
  • Maintains an overview of postgraduate award bearing programmes relevant to the development of podiatrists e.g. podiatric surgery
  • Aims to establish and maintain good channels of communication between the providers of accredited programmes and the College of Podiatry
  • Oversees and encourages the participation of practising podiatrists in the education and training of student podiatrists
  • Provides an academic workshop every 2 years
  • Maintains a Register of Clinical Educators
  • Maintains communication with Heath Education England and equivalent groups in the other four nations which impact upon education at pre- and post-registration levels

Committee of Academic and Clinical Governance   

The Committee of Academic and Clinical Governance is responsible for the quality assurance and accreditation of pre-registration courses leading to degrees in podiatry that are registrable by the HCPC, and the academic component of training for post-registration course e.g. podiatric surgery and CPD. It also has oversight of the Practice Accreditation scheme  

  • Responsible for maintaining the College’s quality assurance system relating to the interface with professional education.
  • Is the advisory body for pre and post- registration accreditation matters.
  • Is the advisory body for the underpinning knowledge component that is delivered through the education sector and relates to post-registration training.
  • Is the forum where all courses leading to eligibility for membership are considered and decisions on the recommendation of accreditation are made.
  • Appoints panel members to carry out visits to institutions for course accreditation purposes.
  • Advises the Clinical Senate on the suitability of an educational institution to offer courses in pre-registration podiatry.
  • Ensures comparability of standards in pre-registration podiatry across the UK.
  • Endorses the Chief External Examiners appointed by the degree awarding institution.
  • Maintains a register of podiatric educationalists from which chief external examiners can be selected.
  • Agrees an on-going process of regular communication between the degree awarding institution and the Committee on the progress of the course including access to course appraisal documents and to annual reports of external examiners.
  • Receives submissions for any changes to courses and make decisions based on any further action required to maintain accreditation.
  • Receives resubmissions from accredited courses wishing to have their accreditation extended.
  • Advises the College on matters pertaining to accreditation.
  • Operates, develops and monitors the Practice Accreditation scheme.
  • Monitors professional and national guidance and support and advises the staff team.
  • Facilitates College policies on clinical effectiveness, health and safety, expert witness requirements and health informatics.