Hayley Dodd - BSc in Podiatry
Gaining two specialist degrees from the
Cardiff School of Health Sciences helped graduate Hayley Dodd step straight into a podiatry career in the NHS.
After gaining a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry in 2012, Hayley now works as a community podiatrist with Aneurin Bevan Health Board and also runs her own private podiatry clinic from home.
Athlete Hayley, who previously spent three years competing as a 400m and 800m runner, was originally attracted to Cardiff Met for its excellent reputation in sport, and secured a place studying for at Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition degree in 2006. She also represented England in athletics events throughout her three-year degree course.
Speaking about her decision to pursue a career in podiatry, Hayley said: "Towards the end of my first degree, my tutor Sarah Curran suggested I might be interested in podiatry. At that point, I had considered going on to study physiotherapy, but I didn't really know anything about podiatry as a specialism. Sarah explained areas and elements of podiatry like gait analysis, which was something I was already interested in and had studied during my original course."
Hayley, who is originally from Bishop's Stortford, applied for a BSc (Hons) Podiatry degree at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences and was accepted with an unconditional offer.
During the course, Hayley found her previous qualification gave her a head start in many topics and modules and helped her to progress quickly.
She was impressed with the focus on workplace learning, commenting: "The course offered a great balance between learning about podiatry systems within the NHS, as well as within private practice with the clinic based on site at the School of Health Sciences.
She added: "The provision of work placements during the course meant we had professional references from the NHS when applying for jobs after graduation, which was so helpful."
Hayley is now studying part-time for an MSc in Musculoskeletal Studies at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences; an area of podiatry she hopes to continue to specialise in as part of her continued professional development.
Under the spotlight:
2003: BTEC qualification in Sport
2003-2006: Full-time Athlete
2006-2009: BSc (Hons) Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, 2:1
2009-2012: BSc (Hons) Podiatry, Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences, First Class Honours.
2012: Working as an NHS Community Podiatrist as well as running a private Podiatry clinic.
2013: Part time MSc in Musculoskeletal Studies at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences.
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