Advanced Clinical Practitioner
Helen Beaumont-Waters is dually registered as a Podiatrist and a Paramedic. Her journey began in the 999 control room of the Ambulance Service where she progressed from being a call taker to Ambulance Technician, Paramedic and Emergency Care Practitioner, the Advanced Paramedic role. An interest in paediatric diabetes and encouraging children to look after their feet introduced her to a new clinical specialism, Podiatry. Embarking on further study, Helen graduated with a First from the University of Huddersfield and attributes the direction her career took to the lecturers who inspired her to “think outside the box”.
Her fascination with the magical new world of opportunities for Podiatrists grew and she was fortunate to secure a training post and be included in the Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) Pilot. The Pilot aimed to train Allied Health Professionals through Masters programmes to work in more generic roles in other clinical settings such as General Practice, Acute Medicine and Mental Health.
Her dissertation for the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice evaluated her ACP role and looked at if, or which professional background determined accurate diagnoses and successful patient outcomes. Helen’s NHS-role is as an ACP in General Practice, seeing patients with undifferentiated illness or injury, working within her new scope of practice, but beyond the traditional podiatry and paramedic boundaries. Her passion-role is working at her private Podiatry clinic with her husband, where she specialises in injectable therapies and is able to use her Independent Prescribing qualification to further enhance patient care.
Helen is passionate about the world of opportunities within Podiatry. She is keen to inspire others to consider Podiatry as a career, and keen to inspire Podiatrists to realise the only boundaries to their practice are the ones they set themselves.