Former Haworth Nurse Starts up Foot Care Business

An ex-district nurse has returned to her roots by setting up a successful foot care business with support from Bradford Council.

Christine Harker left the NHS in 2010 after 30 years’ service, having risen to become a senior nurse manager.

Now she is back looking after patients once again – but this time focusing just on their feet.

She set up Heel2Toe Foot Health Care last year with support from Bradford Council’s Kickstart enterprise programme and is steadily growing her list of clients.

Christine, of Haworth, said: “It was always an aspiration to work for myself but knowing how to get out there and do it was another matter.

“I realised approaching Kickstart would be a great way of working through everything and creating a proper business plan – that turned out to be exactly what happened.”

She worked with Kickstart enterprise coach Candy Squire-Watt to develop her business plan, marketing and networking skills having spent 12 months gaining a diploma in foot health care and attending a centre of excellence.

Christine is now a qualified Foot Health Practitioner and works around Keighley as well as at a clinic at a Harden pharmacy.

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