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New Podiatry Information 2019

DEBRA is pleased to announce it has teamed up with NHS healthcare professionals and invested £105K to launch the first ever Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Podiatry skills training course in the UK.  The training course will help to improve podiatry services across the UK and will have a positive impact on the quality of the lives of patients suffering from EB.

DEBRA is the national charity that supports people affected by the skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB.)  EB is a potentially fatal genetic skin condition that causes constant pain due to unstoppable internal and external blistering.  DEBRA funds specialist NHS EB nurses, pioneers research to find a cure, and provides help, advice, and support for people in the UK living with EB. 

DEBRA does not receive government funding and is reliant on voluntary donations to fund their valuable work.  The charity funds up to 25% of all specialists EB nurses in the UK and supports many healthcare specialists and projects.

The charity’s investment in the EB podiatry care project includes funding of the first EB podiatry skills training course, and funding of the first International Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for podiatry in EB.  Both projects have been created and will be led by Dr Tariq Khan who has worked for over 21 years as a Consultant Podiatrist and Specialist EB Podiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  Co-lead on the projects is Mark O’Sullivan, EB Team Podiatrist from Solihull and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.  The CPG will help increase clinician and patient knowledge of EB and the available treatment options. The CPG can be downloaded here.

The first ever EB Skills Podiatry training course, and the CPG funded by DEBRA, is a great example of third sector funding, and of a charity and healthcare professionals working together for the benefit of patients with EB.  The training course takes place on Tuesday 21 January 2020 at the Plaza Hotel in London and is aimed at podiatrists and clinical professionals.  DEBRA is also funding bursary’s for professionals attend the training course.

To book attendance on the course and to apply for the DEBRA bursary click here

Claire Mather Director of Healthcare at DEBRA said: “We are delighted to fund the first EB Podiatry training course and the CPG, developed and led by Dr Tariq Khan. DEBRA is committed to working in partnership with the NHS to provide life changing specialist care across the UK to the EB Community. We’ve donated £105k to the EB podiatry project and we are proud to have been able to fund Dr Khan’s work in this way.  We do not receive government funding, we rely on voluntary donations to fund our work.  We would like to thank all our supporters and donors who have helped us raised the funds to do this valuable work.”

Dr Tariq Khan, Consultant Podiatrist and Specialists EB Podiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital who lead and developed the EB Podiatry course said:

“I was excited to receive the funding from DEBRA to develop the first ever EB Podiatry training course.  I have developed the training course alongside EB Podiatrist Mark O’Sullivan and would like as many professionals as possible to attend and gain the specialised EB podiatry training that will make a positive impact on the quality of life of EB patients.  We are especially proud to announce the launch of the first international Podiatry Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for healthcare professionals funded by DEBRA.  The CPG covers advice for all types of EB and will help people living with EB in the UK and around the world.”




Dr. Tariq Khan is the Consultant Podiatrist and Director of the Marigold Clinic, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust. He also is Consultant Podiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital EB department.

Dr Khan has been the Podiatry lead for DEBRA UK, developing podiatrists understanding of EB. Dr Khan also is part of the EB team at Melbourne Children's Hospital and St George Hospital Sydney in Australia.

Dr Khan specialises in Podiatric Dermatology and has researched and treated podiatric conditions in rare genetic conditions.