Podiatry and the NHS
Can I get podiatry on the NHS? You may be able to.
NHS Podiatry services are soley provided for within the NHS framework and as such Private Podiatry can not reffered to or by the NHS nor be paid for or subsidised through the NHS. You can however see a private podiatrist at your own cost at any time.
Since April 1 2013, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were given the power to decide what footcare services to commission for their local area. Guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that footcare services related to long-term conditions such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease and rheumatoid arthritis should be available on the NHS although this is only guidance and not always the case and each individual patient is assessed on their own merits and CCG have their own criteria. However, there's no NICE guidance for foot health provision that isn't associated with a long-term condition. This means that each individual CCG will decide on what to make available on the NHS, depending on local need. If your condition isn't affecting your health or mobility – such as a verruca that looks ugly, but doesn’t hurt when you walk – you're unlikely to be eligible for NHS podiatry. Contact your GP to see if you qualify for NHS podiatry treatment.