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Gertrude McCartney

Renal Podiatrist @ Northern Health & Social Care Trust

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Gertie is a Renal podiatrist and has been working in the NHSCT since 2003. Shes taken some time out to tell us about her role.

Hi Gertie, Can you tell us about your job and what you do from day to day

I am the Renal podiatrist for the Northern Trust I have been in post since 2003 and my role day to day includes assessing and treating high risk foot complications of patients with renal disease in particular the dialysis population. I work within a multidisciplinary setting. I am the clinical lead role, acting as a clinical resource to provide expert guidance and support on complex issues within the service area to podiatrists and other disciplines, both within my own trust and regionally.

What experience/education is required in order to perform this role?

You need a degree in Podiatric Medicine with 5 years post graduate experience required.

What is the biggest challenge in your role?

One of the biggest challenges faced is informing patients that their foot complications may result in amputation helping them realise that this may possibly be the best solution to their problem.

What advice would you give to others looking for a job in your field?

If you are considering this profession you need a desire to work with people, a good listener, good communication skills, caring and sympathetic nature, also very important is manual dexterity.

What do you like best about your role and working in HSC?

I enjoy working as part of a team, feeling fully supported and an appreciated member of the team. I enjoy working with people and providing a service which they are really grateful for. You will regularly get told that your treatment has really helped their foot comfort. When treating complex foot problems there is great sense of achievement and job satisfaction when you have contributed to preventing an amputation.