Sara Grace works at St Julia’s Hospice as a therapy assistant, which involves her working alongside and supporting the physiotherapist, occupational therapist, lymphoedema specialist and the complementary therapist. She is a very busy person!
However she is also a ‘foot health practitioner’. In this role she undertakes routine work necessary to help maintain the health of patients’ feet. This may include nail trimming and correction, skin conditions and their treatment, treatment of corns, callus, management of ingrowing toenails and general advice and guidance on foot care.
All patients admitted to St Julia’s will be screened for foot problems. It is important that we maintain patients’ mobility and maximise their function and independence, and prevent falls. Sara also sees patients referred by the therapists at the hubs. She plays a key role with both in and outpatients ensuring we minimise any foot issues which could cause patients to have mobility difficulties.
Mount Edgcumbe Hospice also follow the same principles, and health care assistants currently help patients to maintain good foot health. Erica Lavender the Therapy Assistant there is currently undergoing ‘foot health practitioner’ training, and a similar service will then be available at both hospices.