New academy will train the next generation of foot health practitioners

Emma and Darren Lambert
The Heal'm Practice - Emma and Darren Lambert

A new health hub and training academy is set to open in Gainsborough offering a Lincolnshire first, in terms of accredited courses.

The Heal’m Practice which offers both in-clinic and at-home appointments for Podiatry, Chiropody and Sports Massage, is opening a new practice at the Engine Shed in Marshall’s Yard. It will offer students an ITOL (Institute of Training and Occupational Learning) accredited Foot Health Practitioner course.

Business owners Emma and Darren Lambert are excited about expanding their business, which will complement their other locations in Saxilby and Wisbech.

Darren said the first time he and his business partner saw the room in Gainsborough, it filled them with excitement as they saw the potential straight away. He said:

“We live locally and I was born here in Gainsborough, so we know the area very well. Even as a young boy living in the town Marshall’s (or Track Marshall’s) was the focal point of the community. We visit the shopping centre on a regular basis and when we saw the advert to rent out a room we jumped at the chance to see it.”

The Heal’m Practice is excited to offer professional training in professional foot care in their newly launched academy offering level 3 and 4 Diploma’s in Foot Health. Emma said:

“Our plan is to run as a health hub and training academy. Gainsborough and the entire east of the country doesn’t offer our training services. We are predominantly a podiatry company, we cover a huge area, covering the whole of the county to the Cambridge border.

“We offer a wide range of services including: ear syringing, soft tissue laser therapy, custom orthotics, nail surgery, sports massage therapy. And now, we have designed our own training course to train the next generation of foot health practitioners which has been accredited by ITOL. We are now a fully accredited training centre.”

The course includes a two-week placement for students at the new clinic in Marshalls Yard to gain practical experience. On the two-week practical assessment individuals will learn how to cut nails, scalpel use, patient note writing, diagnosing and treating nail dystrophies. They will have the opportunity to treat real patients that come into the clinic under direct supervision.

Emma and Darren will teach students everything they will need to know to work as a Foot Health Practitioner, including how to set up your own business, with ongoing support. They say they believe in making the course thorough and enjoyable to help students have the confidence to make their new career a success. Emma added:

“The location of Marshall’s Yard is perfect for us. It has everything we need to run a successful Podiatry / Chiropody business and training academy. We will be advertising the courses nationally pulling in students from all over the country. Our aim is to be the premier training academy in the country.”

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Trevor Young said:

“We are delighted to see The Heal’m Practice, expanding to a second location here in West Lindsey. It is great that they will be able to expand their services to reach more people in our district. I am also excited to see the development of the new academy as they share their skills and expertise with students both locally and nationally. I would like to wish them every success.”

Jodie Pacey, Centre Manager at Marshall's Yard said: 

“It’s fantastic to welcome another business to the Yard offering a great health care service to the local community. The Engine House at Marshall's Yard offers striking, high-quality office space and we're proud for report that with Heal'm Practice now part of the line-up, office space in this building is now fully occupied."

For more information, visit The Heal'm Practice.

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