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Apprenticeship training course

Prosthetic and orthotic technician (level 3)

Designing and manufacturing custom made devices to meet specification such as artificial limbs and spinal bracing

Qualification level
3
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
£6,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Manufacture the prescribed device using manual and computer aided technologies and correct materials to agreed timescales.
  • Ensure the devise is fit for use and purpose and complies with the manufacturer/department/company quality assurance and legal requirements.
  • Test that the device is working correctly and modify if required.
  • Support patient/carer to maintain the device and check for breakages and faults.
  • Check that the completed device meets the prescription provided.
  • Act within the limits of own competence and authority.
  • Use and maintain manufacturing machinery to carry out duties.
  • Identify problems with the manufacturing machinery and report any defects.
  • Provide on-going support to prosthetists and orthotists and in some instances patients\ carers.
  • Apply a range of communication interventions and interpersonal skills to support individuals receiving prosthetic or orthotic care.
  • Utilise IT systems to read and record information, and where appropriate using IT systems as part of the manufacturing process.
  • Work safely and within competency level.
  • Undertake risk assessments using a range of techniques
  • Work collaboratively in partnership with other team members, individuals and carers.
  • Obtain informed consent for prosthetic or orthotic care within your scope of practice.
  • Safeguard individuals, including vulnerable adults and children.
  • Safeguard confidential information relating to individuals at all times.
  • Maintain records that are fit for purpose that comply with employer’s protocols and process them accordingly.
  • Comply with local and national standards regarding reporting of medical device failures and incidents.
  • Work as part of a team, seek help and guidance when you are not sure, escalate concerns in a timely manner to the correct person.
  • Support or supervise colleagues as required, delegating well- defined tasks appropriately.

Full information on Prosthetic and orthotic technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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