Prosthetist and orthotist (level 6)
Caring for people who need an artificial limb or a device to support or control part of their body.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
- Typical duration
- 48 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Health and science
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Identify the limits of own practice and when to seek advice or refer to another professional or service.
- Recognise the need to manage own workload and resources safely and effectively, including managing the emotional burden that comes with working in a pressured environment.
- Keep own skills and knowledge up to date.
- Maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct.
- Engage in safeguarding processes where necessary.
- Respect and uphold the rights, dignity, values, and autonomy of service users, including own role in the assessment, diagnostic, treatment and/or therapeutic process.
- Promote and protect the service user’s interests at all times.
- Recognise that relationships with service users, carers and others should be based on mutual respect and trust, and maintain high standards of care in all circumstances.
- Obtain valid consent, which is voluntary and informed, has due regard to capacity, is proportionate to the circumstances and is appropriately documented.
- Apply legislation, policies and guidance relevant to own profession and scope of practice.
- Recognise the power imbalance which comes with being a health care professional, and ensure it is not for personal gain.
- Identify own anxiety and stress and recognise the potential impact on own practice.
- Develop and adopt clear strategies for physical and mental self-care and self-awareness, to maintain a high standard of professional effectiveness and a safe working environment.
- Recognise that they are personally responsible for, and must be able to, justify their decisions and actions.
- Use own skills, knowledge and experience, and the information available, to make informed decisions and/or take action where necessary.
- Make reasoned decisions to initiate, continue, modify or cease treatment or the use of techniques or procedures, and record the decisions and reasoning appropriately.
- Make and receive appropriate referrals, where necessary.
- Exercise personal initiative.
- Demonstrate a logical and systematic approach to problem solving.
- Use research, reasoning and problem-solving skills when determining appropriate actions.
- Make reasoned decisions to accept or decline requests for intervention.
- Respond appropriately to the needs of all different groups and individuals in practice, recognising this can be affected by difference of any kind including, but not limited to, protected characteristics, intersectional experiences and cultural differences.
- Recognise the potential impact of own values, beliefs and personal biases, which may be unconscious, on practice and take personal action to ensure all service users and carers are treated appropriately with respect and dignity.
- Actively challenge barriers to inclusion, supporting the implementation of change wherever possible.
- Adhere to the professional duty of confidentiality.
- Respond in a timely manner to situations where it is necessary to share information to safeguard service users, carers and/or the wider public and recognise situations where it is necessary to share information to safeguard service users, carers and/or the wider public.
- Use effective and appropriate verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate with service users, carers, colleagues and others.
- Communicate in English to the required standard for their profession.
- Work with service users and/or own carers to facilitate the service user’s preferred role in decision-making, and provide service users and carers with the information they may need where appropriate.
- Modify own means of communication to address the individual communication needs and preferences of service users and carers, and remove any barriers to communication where possible.
- Use information, communication and digital technologies appropriate to own practice.
- Keep full, clear and accurate records in accordance with applicable legislation, protocols and guidelines.
- Manage records and all other information in accordance with applicable legislation, protocols and guidelines.
- Use digital record keeping tools, where required.
- Work in partnership with service users, carers, colleagues and others.
- Contribute effectively to work undertaken as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Identify anxiety and stress in service users, carers and colleagues, adapting own practice and providing support where appropriate.
- Identify own leadership qualities, behaviours and approaches, taking into account the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Demonstrate leadership behaviours appropriate to own practice.
- Act as a role model for others.
- Promote and engage in the learning of others.
- Engage in evidence-based practice.
- Gather and use feedback and information, including qualitative and quantitative data, to evaluate the responses of service users to own care.
- Monitor and systematically evaluate the quality of practice, and maintain an effective quality management and quality assurance process working towards continual improvement.
- Participate in quality management, including quality control, quality assurance, clinical governance and the use of appropriate outcome measures.
- Evaluate care plans or intervention plans using recognised and appropriate outcome measures, in conjunction with the service user where possible, and revise the plans as necessary.
- Evaluate the supply, fit and delivery of any device on an ongoing basis as part of the review mechanism, including the body – device interface, functional alignment, mechanical integrity, functional suitability, cosmesis, clinical effectiveness, and the needs and expectations of service users.
- Demonstrate awareness of the principles and applications of scientific enquiry, including the evaluation of treatment efficacy and the research process.
- Change own practice as needed to take account of new developments, technologies and changing contexts.
- Gather appropriate information.
- Analyse and critically evaluate the information collected.
- Select and use appropriate assessment techniques and equipment.
- Undertake and record a thorough, sensitive, and detailed assessment.
- Undertake or arrange investigations as appropriate.
- Conduct appropriate assessment or monitoring procedures, treatment, therapy or other actions safely and effectively.
- Critically evaluate research and other evidence to inform own practice.
- Engage service users in research as appropriate.
- Formulate specific and appropriate management plans including the setting of timescales.
- Use equipment and machinery appropriately to capture and modify anthropometric, kinetic, and kinematic data safely and effectively.
- Provide, where appropriate, a suitable cast or electronic data to accompany the written information.
- Use contemporary technologies that aid service user assessment.
- Complete an accurate clinical assessment.
- Demonstrate awareness of the weight and potential level of activity of service users, and the uses that prostheses or orthoses will be subject to, as part of health and safety assessments.
- Measure and cast for prostheses and orthoses and, where necessary, rectify them.
- Prescribe orthotic or prosthetic treatment including, where necessary, the specification for manufacture, and recognise the need to carry out risk analyses where required for unapproved combinations or applications of components.
- Analyse normal and abnormal gait, locomotor function and movement using both qualitative and quantitative means.
- Assess factors important to the relevant design specification of prostheses and orthoses and apply these when designing a device.
- Conduct neurological, vascular, biomechanical and dermatological assessments in the context of prosthetics and orthotics.
- Use a systematic approach to formulate a clinical diagnosis.
- Demonstrate awareness of relevant health and safety legislation and comply with all local operational procedures and policies.
- Work safely, including being able to select appropriate hazard control and risk management, reduction or elimination techniques in a safe manner and in accordance with health and safety legislation.
- Select appropriate personal protective equipment and use it correctly.
- Establish safe environments for practice, which appropriately manages risk.
- Apply appropriate moving and handling techniques.
- Empower and enable individuals, including service users and colleagues, to play a part in managing own health.
- Engage in occupational health, including being aware of immunisation requirements.
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