The British Chiropody and Podiatry Association (BCPA), formed in 1959, is the UK’s leading professional body for HCPC Registered Chiropodists and Podiatrists working in the Private Sector. The BCPA represents the interest of several thousand independent private Chiropodists and Podiatrists, the majority of whom have trained at The SMAE Institute (est. 1919) in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Members of the BCPA are entitled to use the letters MSSCh (Member of the School of Surgical Chiropody) and MBChA (Member of the British Chiropody and Podiatry Association).

Since 2005 the only route available to become a Chiropodist/Podiatrist is via a 3 year degree programme. The SMAE Institute provides high quality CPD for BCPA members to ensure they comply with the CPD requirements of the HCPC. The SMAE Institute is also very proud to announce that their Diplomas in Local Anaesthesia and Prescription Only Medicines have been added to the HCPC's list of approved programmes.



The Association of Foot Health Professionals (BAFHP) is incorporated into the BCPA; entitling our Foot Health Professionals Members to use the letters MAFHP (Member of the Association of Foot Health Professionals). It offers the same unique level of support  and high quality CPD as it does to BCPA members. Although the BAFHP are incorporated into the BCPA, they are not at this time able to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.


In conjunction with The SMAE Institute, the BCPA represents several thousand members working in private practice, the NHS and education. The SMAE Institute recognises that Chiropodists and Podiatrists may move between sectors and provides first class support at all stages of your career.

Having been established for many years, we are well acknowledged and respected by thousands of Chiropodists/Podiatrists and Foot Health Professionals. This includes thousands of very satisfied patients, as well as being recognised by the HCPC. 

You can be assured that the advice and protection offered by the SMAE Institute and the BCPA are second to none so you can be confident in your career.

There are 11 branches around the Country offering member support, CPD and friendship. If you would like to know your nearest branch then contact the chairman, Deborah Mercer, at  chairman@bcpa-uk.org .