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Podiatry course leader from the University of Huddersfield Michael Concannon at the Annual Conference of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Michael Concannon representing the Recruitment Forum for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists at the Annual Conference in Glasgow

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:48:00 GMT

Podiatry BSc (Hons) course leader Michael Concannon was on hand at the Annual Conference of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) last month, which welcomed Professor Brian Cox OBE as a special guest.

The conference, held in Glasgow, took place over three days on 11-13 October and welcomed an audience of 1000 professionals and delegates. 2012 marks the Centenary Celebrations of organised Podiatry in the UK, and the conference provided an ideal opportunity to address issues such as a shortfall in public knowledge of the scope of the Podiatry profession.

Michael Concannon represented the professional body on their recruitment stand.  As part of a small, but dedicated group of motivated professionals, Michael has been involved in the promotion of knowledge and awareness surrounding the field of Podiatry for the last 10 years.

An initiative centring on science and the science behind podiatry has been used as a running theme by the SCP as an attempt to bridge this gap in public knowledge. In line with this, the professional body was thrilled to welcome the hugely popular particle physicist and BBC television presenter Professor Brian Cox OBE, who attended the conference as a special guest. Professor Cox gave a keynote presentation, sharing his most recent scientific activities, and had the opportunity to field questions from the delegate audience.

Professor Brian Cox OBE attended the Annual Conference of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists as key note speaker. Professor Brian Cox OBE with members of the SCP recruitment team

As part of the awareness initiative, the PASS (Podiatry and School Science) project has been developed by the Admissions Tutor Forum with the aim of raising school children’s awareness of podiatry by introducing it as a science component of the national curriculum. Developed alongside school teachers, the project outcomes include a set of tried and tested lesson plans linking podiatry and science that can be delivered by undergraduate podiatry students as well as practitioners.

A key development for 2012 saw the opportunity to share the PASS project with a wider membership, enabling the imminent launch of the next project phase within Key Stage 3. Michael and colleagues on the recruitment stand experienced a great deal of interest from delegates throughout the conference, who appeared keen to take materials away with them and participate in distributing this information within their local communities. 

For further information on the PASS project please contact Michael Concannon or go to


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