David Tollafield qualified from University College Hospital (London Foot Hospital) in 1978 studying originally as a chiropodist. Upon qualifying he entered into the new training programme called ‘podiatry’ and with his skills decided to become a podiatrist specialising in advanced work based on the American model.
Qualifications and awards
In 1980 he took his primary fellowship examination (now called Part 1). He won the Jubilee Award and Winston Churchill fellowship in 1981 and studied biomechanics in San Francisco and later Philadelphia.
Experience with orthotics
He opened a small country practise in 1981 in Staffordshire and became a director of an orthotic company then decided to return to the NHS for a short spell in Derbyshire. He undertook research into orthotics with Professor David Pratt publishing several articles and providing lectures.
He became a full time lecturer at the University of Northampton (Nene College, School of Podiatry) in 1985 after qualifying in education (1982) and became Deputy Head of school and a senior lecturer where he remained for nearly 10 years.
He completed his final fellowship examination (FCPodS) to become a full fellow in podiatric surgery and embarked on setting up a surgical programme within the school clinic based at Northampton General Hospital. He set up a joint course in podiatric and orthopaedic surgery using his knowledge of biomechanics and orthotics for final year students and examined with a local consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr David Bromage.
Writing & consultancy
He completed two text books in 1995/7, finished a degree and thesis in remedial health sciences then moved to Walsall after being offered one of the first full time consultant posts in podiatric surgery in England. Currently he presents his regular blog for patients under Footlocker on his own website consultingfootpain.co.uk
Published a children's book 2015 The Story of Cristal Rouge under Rob C Blyth.
NHS work and Podiatric surgery
He went on to set up a NHS health service at the Manor Hospital, Walsall, at Dudley’s Corbett Hospital and Sandwell’s city hospital. He additionally set up a private practise in Halesowen (West Midlands Hospital) and the current Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.
In 2013 he retired from Walsall after 20 years as their consultant in podiatric surgery, and decided to consolidate his practise as an independent podiatric surgeon at Spire Little Aston. He works closely with many medical colleagues and orthopaedic surgeons at Spire where he feels an integrated service is more equitable for NHS and insured patients as well as those wishing to pay for their own treatment. The opportunity for variety is exciting and he still finds his brand of healthcare heavily in demand as the local area of West Midlands has few podiatric surgeons.
In 2012 he was awarded the Fellowship in podiatric medicine for non surgical contributions to my profession.