A step in the right direction: Delphi consensus on a UK and Australian paediatric podiatry curriculum

Julie Reay, Cylie Williams, Chris Nester, Stewart C Morrison

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Previous research shows considerable variation in pre-registration paediatric podiatry curricula, and thus the clinical skills realised prior to graduation. Whilst pre-registration training is guided by regulatory bodies, these high level principles only refer briefly to standards in paediatric practice. An estimated 9% of podiatry caseloads in the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia are dedicated to paediatric service provision. Therefore, it is imperative that curricula support the consistent development of paediatric practice enabling newly registered podiatrists to work safely and effectively with children. Given that the global healthcare work force provides unique opportunities to explicitly align international curricula, the aim of this study was to determine the priorities for a UK and Australian binational pre-registration paediatric podiatry curriculum. A four round modified Delphi design was employed to ascertain consensus and agreement of a panel of experts with a special interest in paediatrics working in the UK and Australia. Round 1 contained open questions designed to promote diverse responses on the broad topics of lecturer experience and curriculum organisation and delivery. The answers from Round 1 were developed, through content analysis, into a series of statements presented to the panel for agreement in Rounds 2, 3 and 4. Of the 297 statements generated following Round 1, 183 were accepted and 114 rejected by the end of Round 4. 109 of the accepted statements related to curriculum content. Participants also agreed on areas relating to lecturer experience, clinical education, and assessment of paediatric skills. This study is the first of its kind to describe elements of a curriculum for pre-registration podiatry training. The recommendations highlight opportunities that education providers can work towards during curriculum design. They also emphasise the collaboration that is needed between professional bodies, clinicians and higher education institutions when defining guidelines and expectations for paediatric specific skills. [Abstract copyright: © 2022. The Author(s).]
Original languageEnglish
Article number125
Number of pages11
JournalBMC Medical Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was part of a wider project that was funded by the William Scholl Endowment Fund - SMALL STEPS project (no reference number).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s).


  • Paediatric
  • Humans
  • Curriculum
  • Delphi Technique
  • Consensus
  • Australia
  • Child
  • Podiatry
  • Pre-registration
  • Pediatrics


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