David R Tollafield
David was a former consultant podiatric surgeon. He retired from clinical practice in 2018 after serving the West Midlands for 25 years. Writing, public speaking and webinars take up most of his spare time now when freed from the effects of Lockdown.
He writes regularly for the profession of podiatry and is a journal reviewer for many podiatry outlets. Short articles through ‘Footlocker’ are available for patients and laypeople. He has published eight books to date the latest, his clinical memoirs Podiatrist on A Mission this February and Selling foot health as Podiatry (2020). His talk to OSGO conference is partly based on his books as well as Projecting Your Image (2020), all if which are available for Amazon in E-pub formats.
Promotion of the concept of honest Reflection in Practice is his main passion through his regular free newsfeeds for those signed-up through his website. As with all his publications these are published through BusypencilCase Reflective Communications (Est. 2015). He attempts to reflect on his own short comings as examples of how not to do things.
David qualified in 1978 gaining his surgical fellowship in 1986. After two funded awards (Silver Jubilee and Churchill Foundation awards (1981)) he spent 4 months studying in the USA. He became Deputy Head (podiatry) at Northampton University (Nene College) in 1985 for 9 years after running an orthotic laboratory prior to this for 4 years. He was Director of Education for the Podiatry Association prior to amalgamation in 1996-7 which established the College of Podiatry. He stood as member of Council for the former Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (1997-2000) and Dean of Faculty of Podiatric Surgery (2014-16). He has travelled widely to many English speaking countries as well as visiting Helsinki, Tel Aviv and Johannesburg to speak on the subject of podiatry and research.
He lives with his wife in Devon and has a keen interest in Victorian & Edwardian military history and is a member of two local amateur dramatic groups. His website is www.consultingfootpain.co.uk