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Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship

Are you passionate about helping people? A Level 3 prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship qualification might be the first step into making ‘bringing a smile to people’s faces’ your career

Prosthetic and orthotic technician role summary

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians manufacture devices; which correct deformity and minimise pain and discomfort in people missing limbs and those with conditions that impair movement.

Prosthetic technicians create artificial limbs for patients without an arm or leg, whilst orthotic technicians create splints, braces, and special footwear for those living with conditions like arthritis and spina bifida.

Main responsibilities

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians mainly work in the NHS, but some also work at private clinics and companies that supply the NHS. The responsibilities of a Prosthetic and orthotic technician include:

  • Plan and create custom-made devices according to a given specification and timescale
  • Design orthoses and prostheses using various materials using digital imaging techniques, e.g. computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided modelling (CAM)
  • Design prostheses as similar to the missing limb as possible
  • Help people of all ages with various conditions such as spina bifida, scoliosis, stroke, diabetes, etc.
  • Collaborate with orthotists, prosthetists, and doctors.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this apprenticeship are set by individual employers but may include GCSEs, A-levels, and other related qualifications.

Necessary skills

Here are the necessary skills and knowledge needed to become a competent Prosthetic and orthotic technician:

  • An understanding of various physical impairments
  • Creative
  • Have great attention to detail and functionality.
  • Good communication skills – you will be working directly with patients and colleagues, so being personable is key.
  • Strong listening skills – it is crucial to listen to and consider your patient’s needs when designing and manufacturing the device.

How to apply

To do a Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship, you will need to apply with a health care provider. You can search for apprentice position openings on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

Conclusion

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians play an integral role in improving patient quality of life. It is a rewarding role with many opportunities for innovation as our technology and knowledge progress. An apprenticeship will allow you to learn on the job and provide you with the necessary skills and experience to be a successful, fully qualified Prosthetic and orthotic technician.

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