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Prosthetic or Orthotic Technician

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Prosthetic or orthotic technicians manufacture, maintain and repair various types of prostheses or orthoses such as artificial limbs, splints, braces, or special footwear.

The Work

Prosthetic technicians manufacture artificial arms and legs 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.

Orthotic technicians manufacture special orthotic devices 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.

You could be:

Pay

A Modern Apprentice working in the NHS earns £16,086 a year.

Under the NHS Agenda for Change, qualified technicians can expect to start on Band 5, £23,113 to £29,905 a year. With experience you may progress to Band 6, £27,635 to £37,000 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2018.

A technician working for a private company can expect to earn around £25,000 a year. Self-employed technicians can earn considerably more.

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Getting In

Prospects for Prosthetic/orthotic technicians is very good at the moment due to an ageing workforce. You could work in the NHS or for a manufacturing company.

You will find vacancies advertised on the NHS Scotland Recruitment, NHS Jobs, and British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO)  websites.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2475
2.2 %
RISE
2023
2530
  United Kingdom
2018
34766
2.2 %
RISE
2023
35538

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

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/

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
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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