Orthotic Support Workers assist registered Orthotists to support patients by manufacturing externally applied devices, called orthoses, to meet their specific needs.
Orthotists design the orthoses, such as splints, braces or special footwear to provide the maximum fit, function, appearance and comfort for the patient. Often, the Orthotic Support Worker is involved in the design stage and will provide technical support and expertise in the manufacturing of the orthotic device. Orthoses can be made using a wide range of materials, such as titanium, thermoplastics, leather, carbon fibre and composite materials.
My name is Francesca Muratore. I work as an Orthotics Technician, senior assistant in Gartnavel General [Hospital] in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
So, I am a technician. I have been trained to assess the patient, fit and deliver compression hosiery.
The skills I need are manual skills and I need to know how to use hand tools. I need problem solving skills and computer skills, obviously.
I make insoles for the patient and the insoles stop the pain to the patient. With an insole, I can improve the life of the patient.
I like and enjoy work with the computer and also I like making something to help a patient and to make better their life.
I feel really proud to have something I made in my hands. I feel very proud of that.