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Podiatry Award 2018
The Cosyfeet Podiatry Award is awarded annually to a project, chosen from submitted applications, by a panel from Cosyfeet. The project must assist podiatrists or podiatry students to develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others. Margaryta Bazelchuk, a Level 3 BSc Podiatry student at Glasgow Caledonian, is the proud winner of the 2018 award. She will use the £1000 award to host a ‘Foot Care Soup Kitchen’ where homeless people can access podiatry and foot care services as well as enjoying a hot cup of soup.
Certain areas of Glasgow are among the most deprived in the UK, with thousands living on the streets, sometimes in very challenging weather conditions. Although shelters provide some food and clothing, most cannot offer foot washing facilities or dry shoes and socks. The foot health of homeless people can, therefore, be severely compromised.
As a committee member of the Podiatry Society at GCU, Margaryta has been involved with previous projects to collect and distribute socks, footwear and other items via Glasgow’s homeless shelters. In contrast, her ‘Foot Care Soup Kitchen’ initiative will enable students to interact directly with homeless people, enhancing both their clinical awareness and communication skills while offering a valuable service.
The students themselves will offer nail care, foot care and advice about foot health issues. Working with NHS GGC, Margaryta plans to enlist the help of HCPC registered podiatrists to offer podiatry treatment to those who require it.
“This project will provide a much-needed foot care service for people who cannot regularly access foot washing facilities, or who may lack the knowledge or confidence to access existing podiatry services,” says Cosyfeet Managing Director Andrew Peirce. “It will also provide a priceless opportunity for students to gain experience with a patient group that they would not normally encounter.”
We will receive a full report on the project from Margaryta later in the year once the project is up and running.