This is the 19th instalment in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of the prosthetist / orthoptist.
There are regional differences in the skills and occupations where employers are experiencing shortages and throughout this series we will endeavor to provide information on where the greatest demand for the occupations and skills exist geographically.
What is the job of a prosthetist?
Prosthetists work in hospitals, clinics and health centres and can be employed full time or part time.
Prosthetists / orthotists assess the needs of patients before they have an artificial limb fitted. This involves taking measurements and using computer modelling to design prostheses or orthoses. (see below for an explanation) The prosthetist or orthotist will fit the surgical device or prosthesis, make sure that it is comfortable and working properly and follow up with the patient to check on how they are coping.
- An artificial device like a splint or brace that supports the spine or limbs.
- An artificial body part, for example a limb.
How do you become a prosthetist?
You will need to undertake and approved degree course in prosthetics and orthotics. The kind of skills that you will need are:
IT and technical skills
Great communication skills
Sensitivity in dealing with patients
How much does a prosthetist earn?
Someone starting out can expect to earn, on average, between £22,000 and £28,000 and with experience this could rise to £35,000. Those who are highly skilled and experience can earn up to £68,000.
See skills shortage occupation 18