GCU student wins national podiatry prize

11 June 2013

Sarah Laverty

Sarah Laverty

Podiatry student Sarah Laverty has won the coveted Cosyfeet Podiatry Award 2013.

Sarah, who has just completed third year of a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry will use her £1000 prize to fund a volunteering trip to Bogota in Colombia this summer. She will be working under eminent US podiatric surgeon Dr Mike Haughey, offering free treatment in temporary clinics.

She will offer a range of treatments and hopes to assist Dr Haughey in surgery.

Said Sarah: “It’s reasonable to expect that many patients will present with complex medical issues due to the level of poverty in Bogota. I’m looking forward to helping people as much as I can with the clinical skills I have gained at GCU. I also hope to broaden my clinical experience through exposure to procedures and methods of treatment I haven’t previously encountered.”

Podiatry’s Professor Stuart Baird said: “We are delighted that Sarah has won this coveted prize and that she will use her award to further develop her skills and knowledge as well as bring hands-on health benefits to the people of Bogota.”

Now in its eighth year, the Cosyfeet Podiatry Award helps podiatrists and podiatry students develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others. The award is open to those who are planning voluntary work, a work placement or research in the UK or abroad. 

“We have been so impressed with the standard of entries this year,” said Cosyfeet Managing Director, Andrew Peirce. “We’re delighted to be able to assist Sarah with the valuable work she plans to do in Colombia.”