Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

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Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Founded 1945
Members 8,154 (2009)[1]
Affiliation TUC
Key people Joanna Brown, General Secretary
Alf Morris, President
Office location Tower Bridge Road, London
Country United Kingdom

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) is one of the Professional Bodies and a trade union for registered podiatrists in the United Kingdom.

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists banner 2011

The union originated in 1912 as the Society of Chiropodists, the first organisation of chiropodists in Europe.[2] In 1916, it was renamed the Incorporated Society of Chiropodists, and in 1919, it established examinations for potential new members.[3]

Several rival organisations emerged: the Northern Association of Chiropodists, the Chelsea Chiropodists Association and the British Association of Chiropodists. These merged with the Incorporated Society in 1945, the new body once more taking the name "Society of Chiropodists".[2] It was recognised as a negotiating body by the National Health Service in 1948, but did not register as a trade union until 1978. In 1993, it took its current name, recognising the membership of podiatrists, and in 1997, it affiliated to the Trades Union Congress.[4] In 1998, the Association of Chief Chiropody Officers and the Podiatry Association both merged with the society.[5]


  1. ^ Annual Return, Certification Officer
  2. ^ a b Janet Foster and Julia Sheppard, British archives: a guide to archive resources in the United Kingdom, p.384
  3. ^ Gerald Larkin, Occupational monopoly and modern medicine, p.128
  4. ^ John B. Smethurst and Peter Carter, Historical directory of trade unions, Volume 6, p.439
  5. ^ Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists 1946-1996, Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick

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