Prosthetic Support Workers assist Prosthetists in supporting patients by manufacturing artificial limbs, called prostheses, to help restore their mobility. Prostheses are made to replace arms and legs lost through amputation or those missing at birth.
Prosthetists design artificial arms, legs, hands and feet to provide the maximum fit, function, appearance and comfort for the patient. Often, the Prosthetic Support Workers is involved in the design stage and will provide technical support and expertise in the manufacturing of the artificial limb. Prostheses can be made using a wide range of materials, such as special plastics, metals, leather and carbon fibre.