Reference Quantity: ST0632

Particulars of normal

Occupational Profile:

Prosthetic or Orthotic  Technicians design and manufacture customized made units to satisfy the specification / prescription decided by the Prosthetist/ Orthotist. In prosthetics that is a synthetic limb (prostheses) in orthotics it may be a variety of units from diabetic footwear to spinal bracing (Orthoses). Utilizing the specification/ prescription offered you’ll make units that assist motion, right deformity and relieve discomfort for adults and youngsters.  These units are designed to interchange, help or enhance the functioning of a limb or the backbone.  You’ll have an understating of the medical circumstances that you could be present units for embody scoliosis, polio, spina bifida, a number of sclerosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, musculoskeletal harm and cerebral palsy. Some sufferers who use the units might have congenital circumstances similar to being born with a limb lacking or a limb or backbone that has not fashioned totally; others have misplaced a limb by way of trauma from being in an accident or throughout navy service; and others have misplaced a limb or a part of limb on account of illness on account of their well being situation eg diabetes.  You can be a extremely expert particular person capable of work with many various kinds of supplies and processes to fabricate their units utilizing the suitable supplies and applied sciences. You’ll work with a really excessive consideration to element and to very particular measurements, profiles and moulds as every system is bespoke to the affected person, their circumstances and performance. As individuals’s circumstances and necessities change over time and applied sciences enhance or change, chances are you’ll proceed to adapt units. Chances are you’ll help sufferers over a very long time as units have to be modified / upgraded.  You may additionally be required to help and supervise junior members of workers delegating duties as acceptable.  You’ll work for each the NHS or impartial firms contracted to provide a service to the NHS, or work for a corporation that gives a non-public service direct to people.  Some technicians work in a division based mostly in a hospital atmosphere or inside a producing unit away from a hospital base. 

Day to Day Actions embody:

  • Plan the design and manufacturing of a customized made system to satisfy the prescription and timescale, advise if there any points which can trigger issue within the manufacturing of the system
  • Present recommendation on technical options to realize the targets for the affected person to the Prosthetist/Orthotist.
  • Assemble the system utilizing the suitable supplies, and the place acceptable utilizing pc expertise for the varied levels of customised manufacture and becoming.
  • Perform ending of customized made units
  • Present technical help with the becoming of customized made units
  • Talk successfully with healthcare professionals and repair customers
  • Work immediately with sufferers requiring mechanical repairs to their units


Particular person employers will set choice standards. This would possibly embody GCSEs, A ranges, different related {qualifications}, related expertise and/or a flair check.

Qualification necessities:

Apprentices with out stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to finishing the end-point evaluation.  For these with an schooling, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Degree 3 and British Signal Language qualification are a substitute for English {qualifications} for whom that is their major language. 

Degree: 3

Period:  Usually 3 years

Assessment Date: After 3 years

You can be skilled, expert, caring, compassionate, conscientious, trustworthy and reliable  You’ll deal with individuals with dignity, respecting particular person’s variety, beliefs, tradition, wants, values, privateness and preferences. You’ll present respect and empathy for these you’re employed with, have the braveness to problem areas of concern and work to proof based mostly greatest apply.  Additionally, you will be adaptable, reflective, dependable and constant, present discretion, resilience, self-awareness and present supervisory management.


It is possible for you to to:

You’ll know and perceive:



and Security

  • Work safely and inside limitations of apply
  • Undertake danger assessments utilizing a variety of methods
  • Work collaboratively in partnership with different workforce members, people and carers
  • Inside your scope of apply ( eg repairs / upkeep) get hold of and doc knowledgeable consent for prosthetic/orthotic care
  • Safeguard people, together with susceptible adults and youngsters
  • Safeguard confidential info regarding people always
  • Keep information which might be match for function and course of them accordingly.
  • Adjust to native and nationwide requirements relating to reporting of medical system failures and incidents
  • Work as a part of a workforce, search assist and steerage if you find yourself unsure, escalate considerations in a well timed method to the right particular person
  • Assist or supervise colleagues as required, delegate well- outlined duties appropriately

  • Find out how to work collaboratively with those that present providers to people; recognising the bounds of prosthetic/orthotic technical apply and when to hunt recommendation
  • What is supposed by knowledgeable consent and how one can safe it throughout the age vary and consistent with cognitive skill; the significance of offering people with info that enables them to make knowledgeable choices and safely handle their situation and provided units
  • What is supposed by responsibility of care; medical ethics; safeguarding of adults and youngsters and the way it applies to your function;
  • Well being and security laws, insurance policies and procedures; methods to evaluate dangers that ensures security and safety of the prescribed system
  • Find out how to preserve confidentiality and apply the rules of knowledge governance
  • The significance of managing information and knowledge in accordance with laws, protocols and greatest apply.
  • High quality tips and system design rules that apply to particular person units; incident reporting and escalation
  • The necessity to hold expertise and data updated and the significance of career-long studying; the usage of legitimate analysis and greatest apply proof to tell reflection on apply and the necessity to document the result of such reflections
  • Fashions and theories of help and supervision and how one can safely delegate consistent with authorized {and professional} tips


 Prosthetic/ Orthotic Care


  • Manufacture the prescribed system utilizing guide and pc aided applied sciences and proper supplies to agreed timescales
  • Make sure the devise is match to be used and function and complies with the producer/division/firm high quality assurance and authorized necessities
  • Take a look at that the system is working accurately and modify if required
  • Assist affected person/carer to keep up the devise
  • Examine that the finished system meet the prescription offered
  • Act inside the limits of your competence and authority
  • Use and preserve manufacturing equipment to hold out your duties
  • Determine issues with the manufacturing equipment and report any defects

  • The essential construction and performance of the human physique and performance of the musculoskeletal system related to prosthetics and orthotics and required for the function . There can even be an understanding of the primary circumstances that result in the usage of prosthetic / orthotic units similar to Diabetes , A number of Scelorisis.  Specifically options of circumstances similar to neuropathy and phantom limb ache which can immediately have an effect on the sporting of units.
  • The construction and properties of supplies and their acceptable software to prosthetic or orthotic {hardware} and medical apply; a variety of modelling methods; how one can measure and alter a mannequin
  • How manufacturing equipment and gear works and how one can preserve it to a excessive normal always, when and the place to report faults; high quality management and the way it applies in prosthetic/orthotic design and supply
  • Find out how to and the place to accurately document the related manufacturing particulars consistent with your division/firm’s insurance policies your duties and duties; the bounds of your competence and authority why it is very important work in methods agreed by your employer
  • the affected person, measurement, materials and part info required to fabricate the system that has been requested
  • Laptop aided design expertise relavant  to the manufacturing of associated units.

Particular person Centred Care

  • Present on-going help to Prosthetists/ Orthotists and in some cases sufferers carers
  • Apply a variety of communication interventions and interpersonal expertise to help people receiving prosthetic/orthotic care.
  • Utilise IT programs to learn and document info, and the place acceptable utilizing IT programs as a part of the manufacturing course of.


  • Equality, variety and inclusion laws; how one can deal with individuals with dignity and respect; understanding how incapacity impacts and influences prosthetic and orthotic administration; the requirement to adapt apply to satisfy the wants of people coping with emotional wants on account of a variety of circumstances and experiences
  • Find out how to recognise how communication impacts engagement of a person; making an allowance for a person’s emotional state, age, capability, studying and bodily skill, tradition, ethnicity and non secular beliefs
  • Methods to help the communication necessities of people; together with recognising the necessity to use interpersonal expertise to encourage the energetic participation of people
  • the bounds of prosthetic/orthotic technical apply within the context of particular person care and when to refer again to the Prosthetist/ Orthotist

Skilled Improvement


  • Handle your personal time, sources and private behaviour.
  • Be proactive in your personal growth, keen to decide to lifelong studying by use of a Private Improvement Plan (PDP), private reflection and steady enchancment


  • The rules regarding evidence-based approaches to studying, medical {and professional} apply and choice making; together with utilizing a variety of sources of proof
  • The results of your actions, angle and behavior
  • Find out how to assess and replicate upon your personal capabilities and limitations

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