Prosthetic and orthotic technician (level 3)
Designing and manufacturing custom made devices to meet specification such as artificial limbs and spinal bracing
- Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
- Typical duration
- 18 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Health and science
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
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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