Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship

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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.

Not sure about the Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship? Here are some other healthcare-related apprenticeships that might be a better fit:

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Paramedic Apprenticeship L6 (Integrated Degree)

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Paramedics are on the front line of saving lives, they are often the first to respond to a range of incidents, from major to minor. They are trained to deliver advanced emergency medical care to patients. Paramedics work shifts and are often exposed to traumatic or stressful scenarios, the role can be physically and mentally demanding and will often involve mobile working, and working outdoors under any weather condition. No two days on the job are the same, often the first to respond to traumatic situations, they are required to make risk assessments and make life-saving decisions, providing equal high-quality care to all. If this sounds like the perfect job for you, you should consider a Paramedic apprenticeship!

Jobs and entry criteria for the Level 6 Paramedic Apprenticeship

A paramedic’s occupation purpose mainly includes responding to all categories of 999 emergencies, providing clinical care and transportation to the nearest appropriate hospital in a timely manner. The working environment for paramedics is not limited, they can be called to respond wherever an emergency may be, both urban and remote, indoor or outdoor. Some scenarios will be dangerous or inaccessible, requiring them to collaborate seamlessly with other emergency services such as police, fire brigade, or lifeguards. Paramedics may also have to interact with clinical staff, family members and members of the public as a daily part of their job. Paramedics can work alone or in teams while on shift.

Salaries for fully trained paramedics range from £24,907 to £30,615.

To become a paramedic, apprentices will have to meet the entry requirements set by the university.  They must also have achieved English and maths GCSE prior to starting this apprenticeship.  A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an accepted alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Other required qualifications include:

Health and Care Professions Council approved BSc (Hons) Paramedic Level: 6 (integrated degree).

Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving Course.

If the apprentice already holds a level 6 degree, other level 7 qualifications are approved by the HCPC.

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Key responsibilities for a Paramedic Apprenticeship

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Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship

Have you always wanted a career in the dental industry? Or to learn how to care and educate those who need help with their oral health? If that appeals to you, read on to find out more about the Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship and begin your journey to a rewarding career.

The Role Profile of an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice

Being an Oral Health Practitioner apprentice requires you to have a high level of autonomy and responsibility when carrying out your work. Under the direction of a dentist, Oral Health practitioners will perform an array of oral health procedures to prevent poor oral health. This involves working in the patient’s mouth and applying fluoride varnish, tooth brushing, taking impressions and taking clinical photographs. As an Oral Health Practitioner, your role will fit alongside other dental professionals, working at a level above a dental nurse but below dentists.

Dental Professional Performing Procedure

In addition to working with dentists, Oral Health Practitioners work within the community to deliver helpful information about Oral Health. Interacting with a range of ages, you will visit schools, care homes, and hospitals to educate people about Oral Health. Furthermore, you will provide general health screenings in addition to oral health checks, to ensure that the whole health of the individual is being cared for. This may include checks for diabetes, blood tests and blood pressure checks.

Daily Duties of an Oral Health Practitioner

As an Oral Health Practitioner, you will:

  • Work with a number of different people of varying ages and abilities
  • Plan community sessions and work with stakeholders
  • Prepare the dental and clinical equipment and patient records for all sessions
  • Be responsible for infection control and keeping a safe, clinical environment
  • Examine patient’s mouths for dental plaque indices and debris scores
  • Directed by a dentist, you will apply fluoride to patient’s mouths
  • Be responsible for taking clinical photographs of patient’s mouths
  • Teach and assist people with dental healthcare tasks, such as brushing their teeth
  • Conduct general health screenings including blood tests and blood pressure checks
  • Educate people about their oral health
  • Motivate people to change their oral health habits, such as stopping smoking
  • Refer patients to dentists when necessary
  • Refer patients to other healthcare professionals when needed
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What is required of an Oral Health Practitioner:

As an Oral Health Practitioner, it is important that you are an understanding and caring individual who treats people with respect and dignity. As well as this, you must be able to work as part of a team, and be able to speak up when needed. You must follow best practice and be a reliable member of the healthcare team.

How to become an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice

To become an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice, you must currently be a dental nurse or other relevant registered dental care worker with the General Dental Council.

If you do not have level 2 English and Maths qualifications, these will need to be completed before end point assessment.

Conclusion

The Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for those looking to progress in their dental career. Providing opportunities to progress once qualified, this career path is perfect for ambitious individuals with a passion for helping others. This apprenticeship will provide you with the key skills to flourish in the health and sciences sector, as well as the opportunity to provide care and help for those who need it every day.

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Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship: Midwife

Do you want to work towards gaining a degree qualification by training for a rewarding career? On a midwifery degree apprenticeship, you will learn how to give support and care to women and babies during the pregnancy, labour and postnatal period. 

What is a midwifery degree apprenticeship?

Midwives are responsible for looking after the mother and baby. They provide support, care and advice when necessary. They act as the first point of contact for a woman during pregnancy, labour and birth. Throughout this degree apprenticeship, you could become an expert in healthcare and birth, helping to support women through all outcomes. 

These apprenticeship programmes are designed to help develop your confidence, allowing you to become a competent and autonomous healthcare provider, with the knowledge needed to begin a career in midwifery. Throughout the course, you will learn from experienced midwives and practice in a variety of different healthcare rotations. You will get hands-on and real-world experience which will be vital in helping to prepare you to become a qualified midwife. 

A midwifery degree apprenticeship is an exciting new route into the healthcare profession. The apprenticeship is fairly new, having only been introduced in 2018. There will be options once you are qualified – most midwives are employed by the NHS while others work in the private sector or independently. These degree courses are typically 4 years long and will include study at a university campus, as well as practical learning that takes place at a hospital facility. 

Midwife holding a baby

The daily duties of a midwife

  • Examining and monitoring women throughout their pregnancies and birth 
  • Assessing and writing care plans 
  • Responsible for antenatal care  
  • Conducting patient observations and screening tests 
  • Providing treatment and administering medication as required 
  • Supporting new parents 
  • Providing expert clinical advice 
  • Assisting with the birth and delivery of babies 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are set locally and determined by each university or employer. Generally you will need to meet the requirements of a level 6 degree at a relevant university. However, if you already have a degree, you will need to meet the requirements of a level 7 masters degree. If you are already a qualified nurse, you will take a level 7 master degree, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  

Benefits of a degree apprenticeship

  • Earn a salary and make a difference as a healthcare professional
  • You won’t need to pay tuition fees and will graduate without any student debt
  • Work as a fully qualified midwife once the course is completed
  • Help others while you train for your career
  • The course is a practical and hands-on challenge with many rewards
  • Learn a wide range of skills
  • Learn how to manage complicated situations
  • Work with and care for people on a regular basis
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The skills you will learn as a midwifery apprentice

As an apprentice midwife, you will need to demonstrate a variety of skills to complete the qualification. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will learn the following: 

  • To practice in accordance with the NMC standards, legislation and follow policy and procedures 
  • Communicate clearly with women, their partners and families 
  • Confirm, assess, and monitor pregnancy 
  • Determine and provide programmes of care and support 
  • During the antenatal period, provide care and intervention (where appropriate) 
  • Learn when and how to refer women and babies in need of further care 
  • Support and care for women during labour and birth 
  • Prepare for and manage emergencies 
  • During the postnatal period, work alongside women and other carers 
  • Examine and care for babies 
  • Administer medications safely 
  • Complete and retain records 
  • Work as part of the wider health and social care team

Find out more

The degree level midwifery apprenticeship is a brilliant opportunity for anyone looking to begin a career in health and science. You will have the opportunity to learn, whilst earing a salary, and working towards a career that makes a real difference every day. You can find out more about health and science apprenticeships on our website. 

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Level 2 – Healthcare Support Worker

Have you ever thought of working in the healthcare industry? Or have you ever wanted to help those in need? Don’t look any further. This level 2 healthcare support worker apprenticeship requires no specialist education or previous experience. If you like taking responsibility and caring for others, then you would be the perfect fit.

This apprenticeship covers a whole manner of skills and high-quality behaviours which will make you a competent and job ready healthcare support worker.

Healthcare support worker in action

Job Profile

Healthcare support workers, work together in a team to provide quality care for individuals. Within 12-18 months you will have the capabilities to provide compassion and healthcare for individuals who cannot care for themselves. You will be fully qualified to carry out clinical duties, monitor conditions of those who are unwell, check progress and comfort of our patients to provide valuable health and social care.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role

The role will enable you to take on a lot of responsibility and work closely with other care workers and patients. In order to progress, you will learn relevant standards and policies for this workplace, including the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England. Throughout this apprenticeship you will have constant support in order to achieve the highest success. We will also ensure you gain your Care Certificate which will form the fundamental skills you need to provide the best care.

Behaviours and Skills you will learn

You must treat every patient with the most compassion and dignity, respecting every individual’s belief, culture, and values. This job will require you to show empathy to the patient’s situation, to their families and show respect to everyone around you. At times this job will be tough, and you will face challenges, but working alongside the rest of the team, you will end up resilient against any tests that come your way. We ensure our teams are always supported throughout their days and once you learn to adapt to your surroundings, you can thrive.

The skills available to learn along the way are indispensable for any career and they will enable you to excel in this apprenticeship and any later role you may take on. Some examples of the skills learnt are:

  • Communication – communicating with individuals, their families, your colleagues and healthcare professionals. This will become so important to your role as you can make yourself and others understood, you may resolve conflicts with smooth communication, and you will be able to handle sensitive information which may be confidential.
  • Health Intervention – supporting individuals thought-out their conditions, being able to identify signs of pain and discomfort and able to promote physical wellbeing for others. You will learn how to do routine clinical tasks, such as blood pressure checks, taking temperatures etc. This is very valuable in acknowledging signs of wellbeing at its best and when it is deteriorating and promoting positivity in one’s wellbeing and physical health.
  • Person centered care – Promoting mental wellbeing and recognising when an individual has limits. Being able to notice those who are struggling with their mental health or general cognitive wellbeing, becoming forgetful or feeling anxious. These skills are important to remain positive in your role for the wellbeing of others and being able to report low mental health.
  • Personal development – Taking responsibility for others and for yourself in order to reflect on each individuals’ actions including your own. Being able to work in a team and develop skills within the team and individually to continue learning and upskilling. The role does have a lot of responsibility and you must follow the rules in place to manage your relationships and help others to the best of your ability.
  • Equality and Diversity – following the principles of equality and diversity and inclusion to ensure every individual always gets the same level of care and compassion. This will not only help those in care, but also help others recognise every individual matters.

These skills are only a few of so many that you will learn on this apprenticeship program. They will allow you to succeed in this course and lead to opportunity in many fields.

Assessment

Throughout the apprenticeship, while you are taking on new responsibility and learning new skills, you will be assessed throughout. You will have ongoing consultation with your superiors and training providers. This assessment aims to test the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your time on the apprenticeship and to test your skills as a health care worker. You will have the opportunity to showcase skills and methods of care that you have learnt as well as compiling a portfolio of your great work to evidence each part of your role to prove your understanding of the content and practical skills you have learnt. Finally, you will take part in an interview and get graded on each step of the apprenticeship course.

Conclusion

This apprenticeship provides a high level of knowledge and valuable, transferrable skills and behaviours, proving that the level 2 healthcare support worker is a fulfilling role for anyone to take on. Whether you’re looking to broaden your skills or wanting to start a career in healthcare, this job is perfect for someone starting out, with no skills required.

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Support worker apprenticeship

Does a Career in Science Interest You? Find Out How to Become a Scientist

A career as a laboratory scientist might be perfect for you if you want to attain a specialist knowledge of a range of Scientific Studies.

What Could You Learn?

A Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship allows you to gain a degree and carry out a range of technical and scientific activities.

This includes these specialist disciplines

  • Life Sciences
  • Chemical Science
  • Research & Development
  • Analytical

Key Responsibilities of a Laboratory Scientist Apprentice

In this role you will be required to analyse, interpret, and evaluate relevant scientific information, concepts, and ideas. Using these skills, you will be able to develop experiments and investigations in order to propose solutions to problems. You will need to produce reliable, consistent, and ethical work whilst working in a range of organisations. You will need to be able to work under the supervision of senior scientists but also contribute to a wider scientific team.

Knowledge Skills and Behaviors

You will need to have the below understandings in relation to one of the above specialist disciplines.

Knowledge

  • An awareness of scientific principles, theories and terminology of laboratory-based experimentation.
  • Business environment in which the company operates.
  • Business ethical practice and codes of conduct.
  • The internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the science sector and area of specialization, for example Medicines & Healthcare Products  Regulatory Authority (MHRA) , Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH),  Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
  • The requirements of internal or external customers and how to recommend the appropriate workflows, improvements, or scientific solutions.
  • How advanced science and technology are developed, established techniques of scientific enquiry and research methodologies.
  • The theoretical basis for application of the science relevant to one specialist discipline including how to apply this during experimental design and implementation of research programmes.
  • The requirements for the development and validation of analytical methods and instrumentation, including suitable sampling methods as appropriate to the specialist discipline.
  • How to use statistical techniques, probability distributions, significance testing & confidence limits, regression & correlation and hypothesis testing to evaluate results, design experiments and draw evidence based conclusions.
  • How to independently implement new processes according to the literature, data mining results and input from colleagues.
  • How to initiate, plan, execute and close a project and incorporate the organisation’s project management procedures into the scientific work environment working with team members.

Skills

  • Being able to lead performance improvement within the work environment using process mapping & analysis and root cause analysis that is informed by other appropriate principles.
  • Ensuring targets are being met and maintained and complying with procedures and legislative requirements.
  • Being able to autonomously plan and prioritise tasks.
  • Use creative thinking and problem-solving techniques to challenge proposals and build on existing ideas.
  • Promote and ensure the application of quality standards and a safe working environment.
  • Comply with workplace and business regulations.
  • Being able to present data and the results of laboratory work in written and oral form.
  • Support appraisal of scientific experimentation with numerical and statistical analysis.
  • Independently design and implement new processes according to relevant literature and other data sources.

Behaviours

  • Communication to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Time Management.
  • Team-work.
  • Being able to take initiative in the workplace.
  • Being reliable.

Entry Requirements + Information about apprenticeships

Whilst requirements differ per applicant per employer, typically it is required for candidates to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. This will include Maths, English and a Science subject. Additionally, you will need to hold relevant level 3 qualifications and have the appropriate amount of UCAS points for entry to a level 6 Hugh Education Programme. Other relevant experiences can alternatively be considered.

The duration is typically 60 months and upon completion, you receive a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline relevant to the job role, for example in Chemistry, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Microbiology, and Genetics.

Furthermore, this qualification allows you to be eligible to apply to be a Registered Scientist (RSci) through a shorter application route.

Conclusion

This apprenticeship will be perfect for you if you have an analytical brain and are eager to become a specialist in the scientific field. The course offers you to further your skill set and gives you the foundation to have a career in science.

If all of this interests you find more about applications here! 

Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer Apprenticeship

Community Sports and Health Apprentice undertaking a football session with local youths.

Do you want to help your wider community get involved in local sports and physical activity? If so, the Level 3 Community Sport and Health apprenticeship is for you. Starting a new career is always an exciting prospect, and apprenticeships in the UK are a great way to earn while you learn.

Roles and entry criteria for the Level 3 Community Sport and Health apprenticeship

The idea behind being a Community Sport and Health Officer (CSHO) is to encourage participation in sports and physical activity in the local community. An apprentice CSHO will take part in planning, organising and overseeing the operations of events. Employers look to recruit passionate apprentices in fields of work including recreation, sports, public health and more! Applicants in Level 3 Community Sport and Health apprenticeships understand how to connect with people of all walks of life; show natural leadership qualities with peers as well as audiences; and have previously worked in planning activities and sports; and work well as part of a team to achieve great results. A CSHO conducts meetings, oversees activities, communicates with stakeholders, helps with marketing efforts or produces reports on assignments. CSHOs commonly work alongside uniformed civil servants, medical professionals and sports coaches.

So, if this sounds like an exciting prospect, ensure you have at least 3 GCSEs. On the other hand, if you are deemed the perfect type to succeed in the roll, you are given an opportunity to collect English and Maths certificates on the way during the apprenticeship.

Apprentice Community Sports and Health Officer undertaking a football session.
Community Sports and Health Apprentice coaching local youths.

Knowledge Required of a Community Sport and Health Apprentice

  • Able to identify and utilise strengths in individuals, in order to get the best out of them.
  • Organise meaningful and exciting sporting activities
  • Understand how to measure what a successful physical activity session
  • Understand local social issues and barriers around accessing weekly sessions, and plan around customer conflicts
  • Reporting electronically to track and measure outcomes, to manage successes and downfalls
  • Realise physical inequalities are apparent in certain backgrounds, and how they come to be present
  • Enforce safeguarding when working with young and vulnerable people
  • First aid
  • Understand that sport and physical activity can prevent crimes and improve the welfare of many in the local community.

Skills of a Community Sport and Health Apprentice

  • Ability to engage those currently inactive and isolated in modern society to take up physical activity
  • Bring about positive change in people from all backgrounds
  • A marketing nous to bring people out of isolated circles and into the community
  • Ability to negotiate with the Local Authority to impact the community in a positive way
  • Conduct in an organised and timely manner in all aspects of the role
  • Decisive nature when organising activities, and adapting when met with problems
  • Curtail negative behaviour before, during and after sessions when it arrises
  • To nurture relationships amongst stakeholders.

What Makes a Great CSH Apprentice

  • Someone who is passionate in every aspect of their role, and goes above and beyond to make their impact count
  • Someone people can look up to
  • Works well on their own and as part of a team
  • Someone with integrity, common courtesy and common sense
  • Someone that wants to develop themselves as well as others.

Conclusion

This apprenticeship is extremely accessible to those who believe they are the right match. Average salaries for Community Sports Officers average around £32,000 in the UK (Glassdoor). Before you get to the senior roles, UK apprenticeships offer you a great opportunity to earn while you learn. Experience is invaluable, and after just 16-20 months on the apprenticeship course, you’ll be fully qualified to make the difference in many lives in your local community.

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