Success for Podiatry at the Chartered institute of Personnel and Development Awards


Success for Podiatry at the Chartered institute of Personnel and Development AwardsThe Western Trust Podiatry Department are celebrating success as part of the HSCNI Podiatry succession-planning programme which has won the Best Talent Management Initiative at the prestigious CIPD NI HR awards ceremony held at Titanic Belfast. The recent event celebrated the contribution of HR and people management across the private and public sector.

The podiatry application focused on the innovative delegate led design of the course, the partnership working with the CEC Leadership centre and the fantastic outcomes achieved.  There were a record number of entries from a diverse array of organisations ranging from local businesses to multinational organisations and HSCNI podiatry services were delighted to be shortlisted.

The judges said the podiatry succession programme is ‘a true example of working in collaboration with key internal stakeholders and customers, to achieve success with business need always at the forefront of any decisions taken.’

On presenting the Best Talent Management Initiative the judges said ‘they were impressed by this innovative talent management approach to addressing key workforce planning and organisational issues which had a demonstrable positive impact and set new standards for good practice in its field of practice which had suffered from years of lack of investment.’

Eileen Dolan, Head of Podiatry for the Western Trust explains: “Podiatry managers from the five HSC Trusts across Northern Ireland commissioned the bespoke eleven-month podiatry succession programme. The programme-targeted podiatrists currently working in clinical specialist roles (Band 6). The aim of the course was to create a culture where

  • people are encouraged and supported to recognise and reach their own potential
  • develop their leadership skills
  • maximise the pool of high quality applicants for advanced podiatry roles and principal podiatry roles

Eileen added: “The programme was designed following an intensive two-day diagnostic event that enabled the delegates to identify their own areas of strength and future development.  This innovative approach to course design ensured the delegates were engaged in the course from the outset. The novel bespoke programme equipped the delegates with the required skill set to reach their full potential and develop collective leadership across HSCNI. We were delighted to have four podiatrists working across the Western Trust area participating and involved in the design of the  programme and hope this will encourage young people to consider a career in Podiatry and in particular in the West.”