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How to become a prosthetic support worker

You can become a prosthetic support worker by applying for a vacancy on our recruitment website or doing a Modern Apprenticeship.

What is a prosthetic support worker?

Prosthetic support workers work with prosthetists to design, make, and fit artificial limbs for patients.

Prostheses are used to substitute or supplement missing limbs. These are made from a wide range of materials, such as special plastics, metals, leather and carbon fibre.

Starting your career as a prosthetic support worker

Choosing subjects at school

To become a prosthetic support worker, you need a good standard of education. There are no specific entry requirements, but useful subjects include:

  • Science
  • Engineering Science
  • English
  • Maths

Speak to your guidance teacher about subjects offered at your school.

Work placements and volunteering

You may find it helpful to get some healthcare experience by doing a work placement or volunteering. You’ll get training, increase your knowledge, and learn new skills. This could help you when applying to university, college or a new job with NHSScotland. 

Modern Apprenticeships

A Modern Apprenticeship will help you get the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to reach your career goal.

Learn about the Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Get to know the role

As a prosthetic support worker, you'll use the prosthetist's designs and specifications to make artificial limbs to help restore a patient’s mobility.

Often, you’ll be involved in the design stage and will provide technical support and expertise. You will also be responsible for maintaining and repairing prostheses.

Tasks include: 

  • manufacture, maintain, and repair prostheses
  • make and modify moulds
  • support and develop manufacturing processes to meet quality standards
  • make sure work areas and equipment are maintained and kept clean
  • order 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:

  • caring 
  • communicating
  • creativity
  • motivating people
  • problem-solving
  • relationship-building

As a prosthetic support worker, you’ll need to have good practical skills and some knowledge of IT and CADCAM.

Prosthetic support workers work with other healthcare professionals, including: 

  • prosthetists
  • occupational therapists
  • nurses
  • doctors
  • podiatrists
  • physiotherapists

You could work in: 

  • hospitals
  • private clinics

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.

You may also be encouraged while in the post to work towards further education qualifications. These may include:

Career development

Getting experience as a healthcare support worker can be very helpful if you decide you want to go to university and study to become a registered prosthetist.

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