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Qualification: DIPLOMA OF FIRST LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION with professional qualification: Podologist

DIPLOMA OF FIRST LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION with professional qualification: Podologist

Qualification Information

Learning outcomes are formulated in accordance with the relevant occupational standard and the strategic objectives of educational programmes outlined in the state standard of first level professional higher education. For more information, see the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 141 “Regulations on the state standard of first level professional higher education” (adopted on 20.03.2001):  Read standard. Occupational standards:  Occupational standards register



Competences:

1. Basic understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
1.1. physics, chemistry;
1.2. project management.
2. Advanced understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
2.1. human anatomy and physiology;
2.2. general pathology, pathological physiology;
2.3. microbiology;
2.4. epidemiology;
2.5. personality psychology;
2.6. environmental health, its influencing physical, chemical and biological factors;
2.7. Latin medical terms;
2.8. professional terms in the official language and at least two foreign languages;
2.9. pharmacology;
2.10. principles of pedagogy and andragogy;
2.11. therapeutic, surgical, dermatological diseases - etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, principles of diagnosis and treatment;
2.12. business.
3. Thorough knowledge of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
3.1. communication;
3.2. professional ethics;
3.3. propaedeutics;
3.4. emergency medicine;
3.5. practical skills in podiatry;
3.6. applied medical informatics and information technologies;
3.7. hygiene and infection control;
3.8. podiatric care and procedure standards;
3.9. nail correction methods;
3.10. medical foot care;
3.11. orthopedics and fundamentals of prosthetics;
3.12. diabetic foot care;
3.13. official language;
3.14. ability to communicate in two foreign languages;
3.15. employment relationship;
3.16. occupational health and safety;
3.17. environmental protection;
3.18. research principles in podiatrist’s practice;
3.19. record-keeping;
3.20. health care laws and regulations;
3.21. computing;
3.22. physiotherapy and ergonomics in podiatry.



Skills:

1. To possess knowledge of, select, and be able to apply in practice appropriate podiatry clinic equipment, hardware, materials and auxiliary materials.
2. To apply professional foot care products appropriate for toenails and foot skin.
3. To choose tools, materials, equipment appropriate to the patient’s nail structure and foot skin, and be able to substantiate their use.
4. To carry out toenail and foot care treatment procedures in accordance with approved methods and applying appropriate foot care technologies.
5. To use appropriate cleaning, disinfection and sterilization agents for hands, tools, work surfaces and facilities.
6. To draw up patient's anamnesis (current complaints, disease history, life, social and family history).
7. To assess patient's response to existing or prospective foot disorders, and to assess previously carried-out care, treatment or examination.
8. To plan and carry out the selected treatment procedures.
9. To assess toenail and foot skin condition and its changes.
10. To determine toenail structure and type of foot skin; determine foot color change during exercise.
11. To check the patient's pulse on the foot posterior artery and posterior tibia artery, and be able to evaluate segmental Doppler (ankle-brachial pressure index) indicators.
12. To carry out sensory foot examination (pressure sensation).
13. To carry out examination of the foot’s vibration sence .
14. To carry out superficial sensory examination (foot touch sensation, temperature sensation and pin prick sensation test).
15. To rate foot deformities.
16. To identify foot pressure lesions (hyperkeratosis, blisters, corns) and loss of movement in the foot.
17. To identify the type of foot and lower leg ulcers (type of ulcers, ulcers localization and depth, signs of infection).
18. To carry out treatment of the wounds (ulcers) of the foot and lower leg - cleaning, rinsing, necrotic tissue liquidation.
19. To apply bandages and topical medicines appropriate to the foot and lower leg wound healing stage in accordance with the surgeon's instructions.
20. To provide offloading of foot ulcers by applying appropriate podiatry products.
21. To carry out ingrown toenail treatment using correction rods, and apply any of the orthonyxia (brace/plate) or nail swabbing methods.
22. To identify skin diseases (parasitic, mycotic, pyoderma, viral dermatoses) and nail diseases (mycotic, trophic, congenital).
23. To apply non-surgical methods to offload foot, reduce pressure and friction and correct distortion (provide custom-made silicone gel, foam or felt orthotics).
24. To carry out physiotherapy procedures, foot exercises and foot massage within the scope of podiatrist’s competence.
25. To assess patient's level of self-care ability.
26. To advise patients on toenail and foot skin condition and provide foot care recommendations.
27. To raise the patient's independence by encouraging application of self-care measures.
28. To advise the patient of application of bandages and medications.
29. To accurately apply in podiatry the medications prescribed by a doctor.
30. To collect microbiological samples for microbiological testing.
31. To prepare surgical patients for the operation and provide post-operative care.
32. To plan, implement and evaluate educational activities on proper foot and toenail care for patients.
33. To organize educational activities for care team members on specific foot lesions and their prevention.
34. To collect and analyze foot care process data using information technologies.
35. To be able to organize and carry out health promotion measures.
36. To complete foot care records and document data on the patient's foot condition and its changes.
37. To carry out ordering, inventory, storage, utilization and write-offs of medications, foot care products, instruments and supplies.
38. To collaborate with endocrinologists, dermatologists, technical podiatrists, vascular surgeons, infectologists, traumatologists/orthopedists and other specialists to ensure team work in patient's health care.
39. To provide emergency medical assistance.
40. To ddhere to hygiene, occupational health and safety, electrical safety, fire safety and environmental protection requirements.
41. To adhere to the principles of professional ethics and communication.
42. To comply with employment laws and regulations.
43. To be able to communicate fluently in the official language.
44. To be able to communicate in at least two foreign languages.
45. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
46. To use information technologies as appropriate to his/her professional activities.
47. To act in accordance with industry laws and regulations.



Knowledge:

1. To possess knowledge of, select, and be able to apply in practice appropriate podiatry clinic equipment, hardware, materials and auxiliary materials.
2. To apply professional foot care products appropriate for toenails and foot skin.
3. To choose tools, materials, equipment appropriate to the patient’s nail structure and foot skin, and be able to substantiate their use.
4. To carry out toenail and foot care treatment procedures in accordance with approved methods and applying appropriate foot care technologies.
5. To use appropriate cleaning, disinfection and sterilization agents for hands, tools, work surfaces and facilities.
6. To draw up patient's anamnesis (current complaints, disease history, life, social and family history).
7. To assess patient's response to existing or prospective foot disorders, and to assess previously carried-out care, treatment or examination.
8. To plan and carry out the selected treatment procedures.
9. To assess toenail and foot skin condition and its changes.
10. To determine toenail structure and type of foot skin; determine foot color change during exercise.
11. To check the patient's pulse on the foot posterior artery and posterior tibia artery, and be able to evaluate segmental Doppler (ankle-brachial pressure index) indicators.
12. To carry out sensory foot examination (pressure sensation).
13. To carry out examination of the foot’s vibration sence .
14. To carry out superficial sensory examination (foot touch sensation, temperature sensation and pin prick sensation test).
15. To rate foot deformities.
16. To identify foot pressure lesions (hyperkeratosis, blisters, corns) and loss of movement in the foot.
17. To identify the type of foot and lower leg ulcers (type of ulcers, ulcers localization and depth, signs of infection).
18. To carry out treatment of the wounds (ulcers) of the foot and lower leg - cleaning, rinsing, necrotic tissue liquidation.
19. To apply bandages and topical medicines appropriate to the foot and lower leg wound healing stage in accordance with the surgeon's instructions.
20. To provide offloading of foot ulcers by applying appropriate podiatry products.
21. To carry out ingrown toenail treatme

Reference Data

EQF Level:
Thematic area:
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Location:
NQF Level: 
5
Awarding body: 

- Latvijas Universitātes P.Stradiņa medicīnas koledža

Awarding body contact info: 

VIDUS PROSPEKTS 38, JŪRMALA, LV-2010
Tālr.: 67752507
Fakss: 67752214
E-pasts: st-skola@apollo.lv

Source of information: 
National occupation classification: 

ISCO-08

Relationship type: 

Podologist (2269 06)

Access requirements: 

Certificate of general secondary education or Diploma of vocational secondary education

Ways to acquire: 

Formal (through education programmes)