Academics from the University of Plymouth have created a new Girlguiding badge designed to inspire the next generation of podiatrists across the UK, as well as deliver life skills during lockdown.
The Step up challenge badge includes activities ranging from compiling a ‘foot first aid kit’ to making foot-shaped scones, and has already been taken up by hundreds of Girlguiding members in and around Plymouth.
The podiatry profession – a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and medical and minor surgical treatment of disorders of the foot and lower limb – has seen fewer university applications nationally in recent years, despite its strong employability prospects. So Dr Sally Abey, the University’s programme lead for Podiatry, came up with the Girlguiding challenge badge as a way to break down barriers.
The badge has a strong wellbeing angle too, with all of the activities designed to be done independently amid COVID-19 restrictions, or done in a group.
The University of Plymouth runs a Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship, getting people into the profession while earning and learning.