As an Orthotic Support Worker, you would work under the supervision of an Orthotist, using their design and specifications to manufacture orthoses using the most suitable materials. You would also responsible for maintaining and repairing them.
You would work with people of all ages with a wide range of conditions including:
- cerebral palsy
- spina bifida
In a hospital setting, you may work with Doctors, Nurses, Podiatrists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Your main tasks would include:
- manufacture, maintain and repair orthotic devices
- support and develop manufacturing processes to meet quality standards
- ensure work areas are maintained and kept clean
- ensure manufacturing equipment is maintained
- ordering materials and equipment
Orthotic Support Workers are also expected to keep up to date with the latest manufacturing techniques and technologies, such as computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided modeling (CAM).
Orthotic Support Workers can work as Orthotic Technicians making splints, braces or special footwear for people of all ages to aid movement, correct deformity and relieve discomfort.
They are involved in the design stage, using digital imaging techniques, CAD and CAM. They then manufacture the orthoses using the most suitable materials.
Orthotic Assistant Practitioners
Orthotic Support Workers can also work as Orthotic Assistant Practitioners who see patients in clinics. They have a clinical caseload and see a number of patients as part of a team including Orthotists and other professionals.
In some NHSScotland boards, Orthotic Support Workers can carry out both roles or carry out some aspects of both. Contact your local board to find out more.