The POINT project is a collaboration between D-Foot international and the International Federation of Podiatrists. The point document creates a standardised staged competency framework for the inclusion of podiatric skills worldwide in the management of diabetic foot disease. The presence of podiatrists with unique skill sets as part of the multidisciplinary diabetic foot team is well established in the literature. Many countries, especially those in lower- and middle-income regions do not have podiatrists available as part of their team. The point document, which is a multidisciplinary consensus, identifies the skills needed to provide podiatric skills across four levels irrespective of the presence of podiatrists.
The POINT document provides guidance for three groups:
– firstly, for diabetic foot teams in identifying areas of strength and weakness;
– secondly, for teams without podiatrists to identify the podiatric skills needed;
– finally, for decision makers to be informed of the skills, which can be provided by podiatrists.
The point document is now to be disseminated widely for local translation and implementation.
Pauline Wilson, Neil Baker, Kristien Van Acker, Norina Gavan, Esther Garcia Morales, Matthew Garafoulis, Stuart Baird, Caroline Teugels, Luc Hendrickx and
Congrats to the whole team!
All credits for the publication go to the Diabetic Foot Journal 18/06/2018, Vol 21, No 2.