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Prosthetist or Orthotist

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Prosthetists and orthotists provide care and support for those in need of artificial limbs, or a device to support or control part of the body. They are also involved in rehabilitation work with their patients.

The Work

Prosthetists design and fit artificial limbs (prostheses) for patients who have either lost a limb or were born missing a limb. Modern prostheses sometimes have a pneumatic, hydraulic or electronic mechanism to allow the limb to move.

Orthotists design and fit items (orthoses) such as wrist supports, neck collars, braces and special footwear, to support a patient’s limbs or spine or to relieve pain caused by illness or injury.

 In either case you could be:

Pay

There is no nationally agreed pay scale for qualified prosthetists or orthotists, as most of them work for commercial companies. However, most prosthetists and orthotists are paid under health care scientist pay bands.

Under NHS Agenda for Change, salaries for healthcare scientist practitioners start at Band 5, £22,440 to £29,034 a year. With experience this rises to Band 6, £26,830 to £35,933 a year.

Senior practitioners are on Band 7, £32,013 to £42,205 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2017.

Conditions

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Getting In

Prospects for prosthetists and orthotists are currently good. Some work in the National Health Service (NHS) but most jobs are either with manufacturing companies who contract out to the NHS or else in private practice.

You will find vacancies advertised on the NHS Scotland Recruitment, NHS Jobs, and BAPO  websites.

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Job Outlook Scotland

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Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
2473
0.2 %
FALL
2022
2468
  United Kingdom
2017
35087
0.2 %
RISE
2022
35149

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What Does it Take?

You should be able to:

You should have:

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO)
Tel: 0141 561 7217
E-mail: enquiries@bapo.com
Website: http://www.bapo.com
Twitter: @BAPO2
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BAPO.org/

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

National Centre for Training and Education in Prosthetics and Orthotics
Tel: 0141 548 3108
E-mail: contact-bioeng@strath.ac.uk
Website: http://www.strath.ac.uk/biomedeng

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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