Martin Harvey is an extended-scope podiatrist independent prescriber, meaning he is able to independently prescribe any appropriate medicine, instead of being restricted to a small pre-defined list which is more usual in Podiatry. He has had consulting privileges at both the Priory and the Edgbaston BMI hospitals since 2012 as well as other clinics in the west midlands.
He studied podiatric medicine at Sunderland University, dermoscopy, skin and soft tissue surgery at the University of Hertfordshire – followed by 12 months interning in an NHS dermatology clinic and he qualified in both supplementary and independent prescribing at Birmingham City University. He completed further studies in ultra-low-dose biological medicines and their injection techniques in both Italy and Austria. Martin is a teaching fellow and board member of the faculty of podiatric medicine of the national professional body the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. In the latter role, he trains post-graduate podiatrists in a wide variety of advanced practices including soft-tissue and intra-articular injection.
Primarily a hands-on clinician wherein his professional passions lie, he also lectures on his specialities in the UK, Europe, and North America. In addition, he serves on various UK professional committees including NHS Health Education England’s foot health consortium, the NHS Chief Allied Health Professions Officers working party on controlled drugs in podiatry as well as being a confidential external technical expert for certain statutory bodies.
He is trained in the requirements of the civil procedure rules and associated practice directions (including 2021 updates) in respect of the duties of expert witnesses and preparation of reports for courts and instructing parties.
A keen master SCUBA diver, he combines his sport with an abiding passion for marine conservation as well as a deep interest in the effects of recreational diving on musculoskeletal pathologies in the feet and associated structures. When not doing any of the above he enjoys tinkering with his various motorcycles and even getting out now and again to ride them with his wife, who is also, fortunately, a keen motorcycle owner, tinkerer, and rider.
- All types of nail surgery including remedial surgery for previously unsuccessful procedures.
- Skin cancers and dermatology of the feet and associated structures.
- Treatment of musculoskeletal podiatry problems and soft tissue injuries by injection therapies that include steroids, platelet-rich plasma and prolotherapy.
- Treatments for chronic pain conditions of the foot and associated structures by a combination of bespoke foot supports (orthotics) and pharmacological interventions if appropriate.
- Medico-legal reports prepared for courts under the Civil Procedures rules.
- The UK Health and Care Professions Council.
- The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.
- The College of Foot Health.
- The Association of Surgeons in Primary Care.
- The International Dermoscopy Society.