Welcome to the new issue of Exceed

In the launch issue of Exceed, I said we wanted to “showcase the most exciting advances in our multi-disciplinary industry”.

This edition of our magazine demonstrates more clearly than ever the importance of teamwork, collaboration and shared thinking in the worlds of podiatry, physiotherapy and orthotics and prosthetics.

Fergus Jepson is one of the most inspiring figures you could hope to meet in the NHS.

He is the award-winning Leader of the Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

His multi-disciplinary team is responsible for the care and wellbeing of thousands of amputees, wheelchair users and orthotic patients including British war veterans who have returned from conflicts including Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

We also take a behind the scenes look at the dedicated work being done by healthcare professionals at English Institute of Sport’s High Performance Centre in Manchester to get our elite athletes ready to compete at this summer’s Rio Olympics.

The EIS likes to describe itself as the “team behind the team” and its skills will go a long way towards determining whether Team GB achieves its target of 66 medals at the Games.

Our magazine also carries the exclusive findings of an Exceed survey to gauge the views of podiatrists about the state of their profession.

The overwhelming message is that podiatrists need a national awareness campaign so that they are seen as an essential part of maintaining good health in the same way as dentists, doctors and opticians.

This is just a flavour of what we have for you in issue 4 of Exceed. Happy reading and please make a point of following us on Twitter @exceed_magazine.