Orthotic Technician - Career Profile
Role: “The fitting and maintenance of prosthetic and orthotic appliances (orthoses and prostheses), cosmetic body restoration and orthopaedic foot appliances”.
Scope of work:
The orthotic technician makes orthoses from drawings, measurements and plaster casts using a variety of materials, such as metals, plastics, leathers and fabrics.
He/she may also:
- Assist the Prosthetist/Orthotist in casting of patients
- Construction and maintaintenace prosthetic/orthotic appliances
- Selection and/or adjustment of correct orthopaedic footwear to ensure proper maintenance of inventory products
- Scheduling patients for departmental staff
- Administration and the computation of charges for departmental services
- Provision of patient education in relevant areas if/when necessary
NOTE: Please note that the above list is not exhaustive in that the role the technician will undoubtedly vary from organisation to organisation.
Core skills required:
- Technical aptitude
- Good hand to eye co-ordination
- Ability to work with hands
- Communication skills
- Team working skills
- Attention to detail and accuracy
Currently, there is no national training for orthotic technicians although national occupational standards have been written for rehabilitation technicians and orthotic technicians are included in this group. Once these standards are approved they will form the basis of a UK wide training programme. The trainee technician would be required to complete a vocational qualification in engineering at level 3 and a National Certificate in Engineering.
Orthotic technicians are not currently registered but in the future this may change. Technicians with an interest in management may go on and complete a management qualification. Technicians could go on to study for a degree in orthotics and qualify as an orthotist.
Contacts for further information:
For further information on courses and training for the orthotic technician, please get in contact with one of the following:
British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists
Sir James Clark Building
Abbeymill Business Centre