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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall discovers the many facets of podiatry

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall discovers the many facets of podiatry


HRH The Duchess of Cornwall learnt all about the different specialist areas of podiatry in a visit hosted by the College of Podiatry.

On Thursday 8 September, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) in her role as the Patron of the College of Podiatry.

She first met with Dr Tariq Khan, who examined a young patient’s feet and showed her the benefits of using therapeutic insoles. She also met with 6-month Noah Jay, who was being treated by Dr Khan, and his parents. After, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall met podiatrists working in many specialist areas including diabetes, dermatology, rheumatology, forensic podiatry, podiatric surgery and podopaediatrics. 


Debbie Delves, Chair of the College of Podiatry, then gave a short speech. She said, ‘The College of Podiatry is proud to have Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall as our Royal Patron. We appreciate her taking the time to visit us and are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our profession, to demonstrate the array of specialisms within the profession of podiatry and the importance of good foot health. We are also grateful to our colleagues at RLHIM for allowing us to host today’s visit and giving us such a splendid venue to showcase the important work that podiatrists do.


‘The profession of podiatry is multi-faceted. Our impact on foot health plays a vital role in public health: we keep people mobile, reduce obesity, and we are proven in our effectiveness in reducing amputation rates.’

‘The College of Podiatry is central to the work of the podiatrist. We provide education and guidance both to our members and to the public. We are responsible for maintaining standards, recruiting the next generation of podiatrists and ensuring that the profession of podiatry operates at the highest of levels. Our key objective is to ensure that everyone is aware of the importance of good foot health and how to obtain it.’


Rosemary Gillespie, SCP Interim Chief Executive, said, ‘We were delighted to welcome our Patron, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to the College of Podiatry today. Her support and her recognition of the work that podiatrists do really helps us to showcase the importance of podiatry in public health.’

Dr Tariq Khan, consultant podiatrist at RLHIM, said, ‘Today's event showcased the importance of podiatry and podiatrists in public service. It showed the integration of podiatry into multiple medical disciplines and how as a profession we are essential for our patients and serving the public.’


At the end of the visit HRH the Duchess of Cornwall was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a gift. She thanked the College of Podiatry for hosting the event. ‘It’s been a fascinating trip, and I will have to come back. As I have said, we couldn’t survive without our feet’. 
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