Michael Harrison-Blount

Academic Lead for Podiatry

michael.harrison-blount@buckingham.ac.uk

Michael Harrison-BlountMSc.PGDip.BSc (Hons).MChS.FFPM RCPS(Glasg).SFHEA.CSci. HCPC registered podiatrist.

Michael qualified in 2000 with a Bsc (Hons) degree in Podiatry from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. After completing several years in NHS clinical practice culminating in a specialist role as clinical lead for continuing professional development (CPD) and health promotion he took up an academic post at the University of Salford. Michael completed his master’s degree in Medical Education in 2006, and since has published and presented in the field of facilitators and barriers to implementing change in healthcare practice focussing on the role of education, as part of his PhD.

Michael’s academic career at Salford involved teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, working in curriculum development and academic quality assurance. His final roles at salford were as senior lecturer and programme lead for the BSc (hons) podiatry and MSc vascular surgery programmes.

Michael sits on the Academic and Clinical Governance Committee (ACG) for the College of Podiatry and in 2014 he was amongst the first group of podiatrists to be awarded chartered scientist status by the Science Council UK. Michael is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow where he holds the position of clinical professional development lead and also a member of the Academy of clinical educators. Michaels academic experience was recognised recently as he was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Michael bridges the research practice gap by continuing to practice podiatry in Nantwich. In his free time Michael enjoys spending time with his family, experiencing a range of outdoor adventure sports and coach’s junior rugby.

“The education and healthcare sector are challenging places in the current climate, and it will take strong leadership and innovation to navigate these challenges over the forthcoming years. I look forward to facing the challenge of change and pushing the boundaries of healthcare education in my new role as the academic lead for podiatric medicine. The university of Buckingham has a strong track record of student support and teaching excellence, this combined with the ambition to try something new will be the catalyst to produce outstanding clinicians for our modernising healthcare sector”

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