Who are the Nail Carers?
The Nail Carers are a workforce that have been developed to provide a basic, quality foot care service which is affordable. Nail Carers are based in a growing number of locations across the city.
What Qualifications do the Nail Carers have?
Nail Carers are trained and assessed by Podiatrists and Beauty Therapists over a period of 14 weeks. Their training programme includes:
- Toe nail and finger nail cutting, understanding their professional boundaries and knowing when to refer to a GP or NHS Podiatry
- Foot and hand massage
- Nail varnishing
- General falls prevention advice
- The importance of following safe working practices
- An awareness of safeguarding vulnerable adult issues and when action needs to be taken
- Health and Safety and other relevant legislation
Nail Carers are trained to cut the nails of people with diabetes; however they must seek authorisation to do so from a GP or other specialist before commencing a service. If you have diabetes the Nail Carer will normally either give you a form to take to your GP for his/her signature, or they will send it in the post and ask him/her to return it.
What support do Nail Carers have?
The NHS has commissioned the following support for Birmingham’s Registered Nail Carers:
- A Nail Carer’s NHS help line that they can use when they have a query about their nail cutting; Nail Carers are also able to refer directly to an NHS Podiatrist for a specialist opinion or some additional routine help when appropriate
- An annual supervision session for each Nail Carer to ensure they maintain their quality of care
- An annual training session for each Nail Carer in order to keep them up to date with current issues
In order to Register they are required to:
- Have completed the training and be certificated
- Have appropriate insurance
- Have had a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check
- Sign up to and implement the Nail Carer contract of standards
- Use instruments that are approved by the NHS Podiatrists