Starting your career
Choosing subjects at school
To become an orthotic support worker, you need a good standard of education. There are no entry requirements, but useful subjects include:
- Engineering Science
Work placements and volunteering
You may find it helpful to get some experience of working in healthcare by doing a work placement. There may also be opportunities to volunteer. This could help you when applying to university, college or a new job with NHSScotland.
A Foundation Apprenticeship could give you the skills, knowledge and work experience you need to start your career journey as an orthotic support worker.
Learn more about relevant Foundation Apprenticeships in:
A Modern Apprenticeship can give you the skills, knowledge and experience to start your career journey as an orthotic support worker.
Find out about the Foundation Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support.
As an orthotic support worker, you'll use the orthotist's designs and specifications to make orthoses using the most suitable materials. You will also be responsible for maintaining and repairing them.
You’ll work with people of all ages with a range of conditions including:
- cerebral palsy
- spina bifida
What you’ll do
Your main tasks include:
- manufacturing, maintaining and repairing orthotic devices
- supporting and developing manufacturing processes to meet quality standards
- making sure work areas and equipment are maintained and kept clean
- ordering materials and equipment
You’ll also be expected to keep up to date with the latest manufacturing techniques and technologies.
You’ll need these skills:
- motivating people
As an orthotic support worker, you’ll need to have good practical skills and some knowledge of IT and CADCAM.
Who you’ll work with
You could work with:
- occupational therapists
You could work in:
- private clinics
To work as an orthotic support worker in NHSScotland, you’ll need to:
Did you know?
The word orthotist comes from the Latin root ‘Ortho’ which means to straighten.
Learning and development
When joining the NHS, you will work through the Mandatory Induction Standards. These standards are designed to help you work safely and must be completed within the first 3 to 6 months of employment. They will also support you in your first steps as a new healthcare support worker.
You may also be encouraged while in the post to work towards further education qualifications. These may include:
Getting experience as a healthcare support worker can be very helpful if you decide you want to go to university to study to become a registered orthotist.
Learn more about becoming a healthcare support worker from NHS Education for Scotland's Healthcare Support Worker Careers Guidance leaflet.