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Prosthetist and orthotist

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Prosthetists and orthotists use the latest technology to create devices that help patients move without pain.

Average salary (a year)

£28,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

days / nights / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become Prosthetist and orthotist

You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.

University

You can do a degree in prosthetics and orthotics.

Your degree must be approved by the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists and the Health and Care Professions Council.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You could take a Prosthetist and Orthotist Level 6 Integrated Degree Apprenticeship to become a prosthetist and orthotist.

You could start by taking a Prosthetic and Orthotic Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. This would allow you to become a technician, supporting prosthetists and orthotists. After this, you may be able to move onto the level 6 degree apprenticeship to progress to a prosthetist and orthotist.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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Further information

You can get more advice about a career as a prosthetist and orthotist from Health Careers and the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your duties will depend on whether you work as a prosthetist, an orthotist or a mix of both.

As a prosthetist, you'll create and fit artificial limb replacements.

As an orthotist, you'll use technology to correct problems with nerves, muscles and bones.

Prosthetic and orthotic tasks

In a role with a mixture of prosthetic and orthotic work, you'll typically:

  • work out what a patient needs before a device is made or fitted
  • discuss treatment plans with physiotherapists and surgeons
  • work with technicians to make the final product using computer software
  • check that the appliance or limb is comfortable and working properly
  • check how a patient is coping with their device and make changes or repairs if needed

Working environment

You could work at a health centre, at a client's home or in an NHS or private hospital.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • manage a team of prosthetists and orthotists 
  • specialise in a certain area, such as sports injuries, diabetes injuries or children's prosthetics
  • teach trainee prosthetists and orthotists
  • move into researching and developing new products

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Orthotic Technician

  • Wage: £12,979.20 a year Annually
  • Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

Courses In England

Radiography; Orthotics and Prosthetics Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3

  • Provider: The Manchester College
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Manchester

Access to HE Diploma (Allied Healthcare)

  • Provider: RIVERSIDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: WIDNES

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