Barbara Chambers

Team Lead/Placement Officer/Lecturer, Podiatry 

Member of Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and HCPC Personal Commendation.

Length of time worked at New College Durham:  5 years

Describe your academic experience:

I qualified from Durham School of Podiatric Medicine in 1998. I then undertook post-graduate diplomas in diabetes, diabetic foot complications and tissue viability. I also achieved qualifications in Clinical Audit and more recently Prescription Only Medicines.

Describe your experience working in industry/the workplace:

I worked as a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist for City Hospitals Sunderland before moving into Clinical Governance within the same Trust. I also worked independently in my own practice.

Describe your role at New College Durham:

My role involves the placement of podiatry students throughout the NHS in the North East. Under this role comes the responsibility of the monitoring, evaluation and reporting to the commissioning body of the student placements. The team lead role involves the organisation of the staff and student timetables. I'm also the module lead for Research 1 and teach on the Research 2 module and I am involved in clinical teaching within the college’s own clinics

Why did you decide to teach at New College Durham?

I had worked for the NHS for 15 years and wanted to give something back to the institution where I trained.

What is the best part of your job?

The students. Seeing them at the graduation ceremony gives me great job satisfaction.

What are your research areas/interests?

My interests are in tissue viability, diabetes and the effects placements have had on the new graduates.

Tell us about any current/recent projects:

I am currently undertaking an MSc at Queen Margaret's University Edinburgh

What has been your best moment at New College Durham?

Working with another colleague to organise and deliver two very successful podiatric conferences here at New College Durham.

What inspires you?

My children.

Related information

Podiatry class


Podiatry is a specialist area of healthcare, allied to medicine, which involves care and maintenance of foot and lower limb conditions.