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Apprenticeship training course

Prosthetist and orthotist (integrated degree) (level 6)

Caring for people who need an artificial limb or a device to support or control part of their body.

Qualification level
6
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
£24,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Work with patients to analyse their needs and involve them in the design and choice of their device as appropriate
  • Analyse and critically evaluate the information collected
  • Analyse and compare normal and abnormal gait, locomotor function and movement using both qualitative and quantitative means
  • Select and use appropriate investigation and assessment techniques, completing an accurate clinical assessment
  • Develop and implement a treatment plan, adjusting and changing as required to meet the patient’s needs (including necessary practical skills)
  • Assess factors important to the relevant design, using appropriate techniques to capture body shape
  • Develop the model required to manufacture the device and modify, adjust the model where necessary
  • Prescribe orthotic or prosthetic intervention including, where necessary, the specification for manufacture
  • Undertake analyses where required for unapproved combinations or applications of components
  • Recognise when devices require rectification, repair and take appropriate action
  • Demonstrate a logical and systematic approach to problem solving using research reasoning to determine appropriate actions
  • Work in partnership with patients to assess their needs and exercise professional judgement, utilising the best research evidence available, clinical experience and patient aspiration
  • Work in partnership with patients to identify goals and agree appropriate treatment plans and that work is based on mutual respect and trust-always maintaining high standards of care
  • Apply a range of communication interventions and interpersonal skills to support patients receiving prosthetic and orthotic care
  • Recognise and take account of the wide range of needs a patient has including physical, psychological, social and cultural needs (recognising when to refer to other professionals)
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning and the processes that underpin decision-making and problem solving
  • Recognise the value of case conferences and other methods of review
  • Receive, act on and make referrals (to others) as appropriate
  • Practice safely, according to available evidence and within competency level, maintaining fitness to practice
  • Work collaboratively in partnership with other professionals, patients and carers focussed on achieving agreed goals
  • Obtain informed consent for prosthetic and orthotic care
  • Safeguard patients, including vulnerable adults and children
  • Conduct risk assessment of the environment, patient and the device prescribed and supplied
  • Safeguard confidential information relating to patients at all times
  • Maintain records that are fit for purpose and process them accordingly
  • Manage and lead colleagues and staff as appropriate
  • Comply with local and national standards regarding reporting of medical device failures and incidents
  • Practice within the scope of HCPC Standards of proficiency
  • Evaluate research and other evidence to inform practice
  • Work safely, including being able to select appropriate hazard control and risk management, reduction or elimination techniques in a safe manner in accordance with health and safety legislation
  • Select appropriate personal protective equipment and use it correctly
  • Establish safe environments for practice, which minimise risks to service users, those treating them and others, including the use of hazard control and particularly infection control

Full information on Prosthetist and orthotist (integrated degree) (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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