The British Chiropody & Podiatry Association (formed in 1959) is the largest professional organisation in the UK representing the interest of thousands of independent private chiropodists and podiatrists, who have all trained at The SMAE Institute, the School of Surgical Chiropody at Maidenhead, Berkshire.
Upon completion of their basic training, Parts 1 and 2, Chiropody/Podiatry, members are entitled to use the letters MSSCh (Member of the School of Surgical Chiropodists) and MBChA (Member of the British Chiropody and Podiatry Association – BCPA).
Completion of all postgraduate training courses and modules results in the award of the Diploma in Podiatric Medicine (DipPodMed). Some members may go on to be awarded Fellowship of the School of Surgical Chiropodists and be entitled to use the letters FSSCh.
Since 2003 the only route available to become a chiropodist/podiatrist is a 3 year degree programme. The SMAE Institute provides CPD for BCPA members to ensure they comply with the CPD requirements of the HPC. In 2005 The SMAE Institute was approached by ARU – now Anglia Ruskin University and invited to a partnership. This has been successful and provided HPC Registered Members with HPC recognised training in Local Anaesthetics and Nail Surgery.
via BChA – Home.