Camden Podiatry Service: CNWL

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The podiatry service provides assessment, diagnosis, advice, treatment for a wide range of foot conditions. The eligibility criteria (below) for podiatry care are based clinical need for individuals with foot complications including those individuals to be at greatest risk of developing foot health complications as a result of both complex medical history and podiatric need. 

Podiatry care is provided in health centres, acute and community hospitals, mental health sites and the homes of strictly housebound patients.  Transport service is available for patients who are immobile but not housebound.   

Eligibility for podiatry, based on clinical need

The podiatry eligibility criteria is a ‘clinical needs based risk assessment of the foot’ taking into account the patients foot problem and underlying medical condition.

  • High risk: Patients classed as high risk are those with serious/critical foot complications or have a risk of developing serious/critical foot complications. For example, patient with or without diabetes with ulceration, infection, limb ischemia and peripheral nerve damage.
  • Moderate risk: These are patients with foot complications/or at risk of developing foot complications have the potential to progress to serious/critical foot complications, for example immunosuppressed patient with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis affecting their feet, alcoholism related conditions affecting the feet. 
  • Low risk: Patients good medical health /low medical risk with good vascular status of the feet, intact sensation, mild deformity, minimal/moderate callus and no pain.  This includes diabetes patients categorised as low risk, with no other podiatry or medical risk factors. 

Services for homeless people

People who are homeless in Camden may receive treatment at a monthly clinic at the Care Grow, Live, Centre, 6 Greenland Street, London NW1 0ND – Direct referral to Care Grow, Live.

Age UK nail care

Age UK is a charity that provides nail care at a low cost for patients 50+ including patient with diabetes classes as low risk. Fee-based clinics run at Henderson Court [add address]. Home visits are also carried out.

For further information on Age UK services, call 020 7239 0400, or 020 7794 6588 (registration), or 020 8960 8137 (home visits).

Eligibility criteria


For eligibilty tool please see Downloads.

  • People who live in Camden or who are registered with a Camden GP
  • Nail surgery: The service provides nail surgery for patients with ingrowing toenails.  Where surgery is not appropriate advice is provided on nail care.


  • Nail cutting: Basic Nail Care is not routinely provided except for patients with the high risk foot.
  • Low risk patients: These are patients who are categorised as low risk including low risk patients with diabetes. 
  • Verrucae: We do not offer treatment for verrucae.
  • Other: Conditions outside the scope of the service e.g. fungal nail infections requiring prescribed systemic anti-fungal treatment. Domiciliary patients not resident in Camden 
  • Surgical footwear: The service cannot provide surgical footwear.

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs

EMIS form Download Form

Referral methods: Email

Complete form called Community Health Podiatry Referral Form - Dec 2017 and send by email.

Where to find the form

Camden EMIS Forms page

For very urgent cases such as foot wounds/ulcerations/infection the patient will be seen within 48 hours.  

Out of hours patient referrals to A&E.

Podiatry MSK/Biomechanics: please refer via Camden MSK, see pathway (downloads).

Editable PDF / Word document Download Form

Complete Camden Community Health Podiatry referral form and send email.


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