Diabetes Foot Care Pathway for Northern Ireland

The Diabetes Foot Care Pathway for Northern Ireland is a four step programme that offers a service for adults living with diabetes. If you have diabetes, you should have your foot care plan. This plan should be reviewed every year by your local podiatry team.

About the diabetes foot care pathway

The diabetes foot care pathway has been produced by The Diabetes Network for Northern Ireland. The network brings together people living with diabetes, carers, and health and social care professionals working in partnership with Diabetes UK to improve diabetes services.

There are four steps to the pathway:

  1. Foot screening
  2. Foot Protection Team (community based)
  3. Enhanced Foot Protection Team (hospital based)
  4. Multi-disciplinary Diabetes Foot Team (based at the Royal Victoria Hospital)

There are over 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland. If you have diabetes, you should have your foot care plan reviewed every year by your local podiatry team.

Your feet are very important. You should check them every day. Your podiatrist will guide you on how.

Step 1: Foot screening

If you already live with diabetes or have been recently diagnosed, you will be assessed by a podiatrist/podiatry assistant. An individual care plan will then be agreed with you. You will be screened once a year to check your foot health.

You will receive information on who to contact should you have any concerns about your feet. If problems are identified during your review you will be referred to step two of the pathway.

Step 2: Foot Protection Team (community based)

A community based team provides early treatment and advice when a problem is identified.

You will see a podiatrist at your local centre and a treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with them.

If your problem doesn’t improve you will be referred to step three of the pathway. If you have any concerns please contact your local podiatrist.

Step 3: Enhanced Foot Protection Team (hospital based)

Once you have been referred, specialist hospital support is provided at this stage. You will see a podiatrist at your local hospital.

Your problem will be continually assessed and treatment delivered by the most appropriate team. If you require further specialist treatment you will be referred to step four of the pathway.

Step 4: Multi-disciplinary Diabetes Foot Team

Foot problems that need treatment fast or are complex will be treated by the Multi-disciplinary Diabetes Foot Team.

The team is based at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

Your local team will discuss your foot health with the regional Multi-disciplinary Diabetes Foot Team and you may be seen by the team in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

More useful links

Share this page

What do you want to do?
What is your question about?
Do you want a reply?
Your email address
To reply to you, we need your email address
Your feedback

We will not reply to your feedback.  Don't include any personal or financial information, for example National Insurance, credit card numbers, or phone numbers.

This feedback form is for issues with the nidirect website only.

You can use it to report a problem or suggest an improvement to a webpage.

If you have a question about a government service or policy, you should contact the relevant government organisation directly as we don’t have access to information about you held by government departments.

You must be aged 13 years or older - if you’re younger, ask someone with parental responsibility to send the feedback for you.

The nidirect privacy notice applies to any information you send on this feedback form.

Don't include any personal or financial information, for example National Insurance, credit card numbers, or phone numbers.

Plain text only, 750 characters maximum.
Plain text only, 750 characters maximum.

What to do next

Comments or queries about angling can be emailed to anglingcorrespondence@daera-ni.gov.uk 

What to do next

If you have a comment or query about benefits, you will need to contact the government department or agency which handles that benefit.  Contacts for common benefits are listed below.

Carer's Allowance

Call 0800 587 0912
Email 
dcs.incomingpostteamdhc2@nissa.gsi.gov.uk

Discretionary support / Short-term benefit advance

Call 0800 587 2750 
Email 
customerservice.unit@communities-ni.gov.uk

Disability Living Allowance

Call 0800 587 0912 
Email dcs.incomingpostteamdhc2@nissa.gsi.gov.uk

Employment and Support Allowance

Call 0800 587 1377

Jobseeker’s Allowance

Contact your local Jobs & Benefits office

Personal Independence Payment

Call 0800 587 0932

If your query is about another benefit, select ‘Other’ from the drop-down menu above.

What to do next

Comments or queries about the Blue Badge scheme can be emailed to bluebadges@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk or you can also call 0300 200 7818.

What to do next

For queries or advice about careers, contact the Careers Service.

What to do next

For queries or advice about Child Maintenance, contact the Child Maintenance Service.

What to do next

For queries or advice about claiming compensation due to a road problem, contact DFI Roads claim unit.

What to do next

For queries or advice about criminal record checks, email ani@accessni.gov.uk

What to do next

Application and payment queries can be emailed to ema_ni@slc.co.uk

What to do next

For queries or advice about employment rights, contact the Labour Relations Agency.

What to do next

For queries or advice about birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates and research, contact the General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRONI) by email gro_nisra@finance-ni.gov.uk

What to do next

For queries about:

If your query is about another topic, select ‘Other’ from the drop-down menu above.

What to do next

For queries or advice about passports, contact HM Passport Office.

What to do next

For queries or advice about Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), including parking tickets and bus lane PCNs, email dcu@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk

What to do next

For queries or advice about pensions, contact the Northern Ireland Pension Centre.

What to do next

If you wish to report a problem with a road or street you can do so online in this section.

If you wish to check on a problem or fault you have already reported, contact DfI Roads.

What to do next

For queries or advice about historical, social or cultural records relating to Northern Ireland, use the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) enquiry service.

What to do next

For queries or advice about rates, email:
rating@lpsni.gov.uk

For queries or advice about property valuation, email:
valuation@lpsni.gov.uk

For queries or advice about land registry, email:
CustomerInformation.LandRegistration@finance-ni.gov.uk

For mapping queries, email:
Mapping.Helpdesk@finance-ni.gov.uk

What to do next

For queries or advice about  60+ and Senior Citizen SmartPasses (which can be used to get concessionary travel on public transport), contact Smartpass - Translink.