Charlie Dando

Clinical Academic Podiatrist

Clinical Academic

My role

I am a clinical academic podiatrist working in Solent NHS Trust.  As part of this role, I combine my clinical practice with research delivery as well as teaching responsibilities.

My responsibilities

My responsibilities as a clinical academic podiatrist involve the delivery and management of studies concerning the foot and ankle. I get to work with patients, charities, universities and commercial companies to investigate a range of podiatry questions in musculoskeletal health, rheumatology, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and diabetes. 

Academically, I am writing to submit an NIHR Clinical Lectureship application to build upon my research findings at doctoral level in the field of foot pain and diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound. In order to do this, I obtained funding via the Wessex Transitional Award to support me through my transitional period of doctoral student to post- doctoral fellow.

I also have the privilege to mentor other clinical academics in Solent NHS Trust and supported an MRes applicant to completion.

My background

I qualified as a registered podiatrist in 2012. I completed my degree (BScHons) in podiatric medicine at the University of Southampton and subsequently completed a clinical academic doctoral fellowship in February 2018. I am a Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited foot and ankle ultrasound podiatrist. This means I can use diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound to image the foot and ankle to assess soft tissue structures such as the tendon, ligaments or bones. I also act as a reviewer for the BioMed Central Journal of Foot and Ankle Research to support others in our research community.

Why I love my job

Firstly, I have the opportunity to meet and work with some truly inspirational people. Being part of a creative and supportive team who are focused on the development of new knowledge to provide safe and effective care for our service users is rewarding. This nurturing environment is stimulating, fun and diverse. By sharing skills, knowledge and experiences I have been able to inform change for clinicians, carers and service users.  I have found my voice and this drives me to find solutions and investigate perceived health care issues.

More about me

I am an avid reader and also enjoy sport and exercise.  I like to bake and collect tea cups. There is always time for tea and cake! I also enjoy restoring and up cycling furniture, it’s a great excuse to shop.

Current projects/research studies I am involved with

I am leading the delivery and management of commercial study called ‘CAPTOE’ this is a device trial which is looking at a new way to treat fungal nail infections. We are currently monitoring the effects of this treatment and hope to share the results in Dec 2018. Secondly, I have contributed to the ‘SMART’ study which assesses bacteria levels in the body through nose and throat swabs. My area of interest I have completed data collection for the identification of pathology in patients with foot pain and I am now planning subsequent studies based on these findings. Finally, I am supporting MRes and PhD students with the delivery and management of their research studies across the podiatry discipline.

Published work

Adams, J, Woods - Townsend, K, Grace, Warner M, Bowen C, McQueen P, Dando C, Stokes M. (2015) Raising Teenagers awareness of musculoskeletal health through LIFELAB: a collaboration between school students, teachers and clinical academic researchers Rheumatology 54(S1):i37

Bowen CJ, Paton J, Alcacer-Pitarch B, Dando C, Westwood G. How clinical academic podiatrists are transforming patient care Podiatry Now 2014.17(9): 17-19.

Dando, C., Cherry, L., Jones., L., Bowen C. The clinical diagnosis of symptomatic forefoot neuroma in the general population: a Delphi consensus study Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2017.10(59)