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Orthotics technical Assistant

THIS POSTION HAS CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

What are you recruiting for?

We are looking to recruit an Apprentice Orthotics Technical Assitant.  You will be trained to create and shape a range of orthoses or body supports such as leg and hand splints, spinal braces, knee braces and special footwear using a variety of different workshop tools.

Click here to see video of Francesca, one our or Technical Assistants at work or visit http://careers.nhs.scot/about/real-life-stories/francesca/

What does the Othotics Team do? 

Orthotics provides body worn devices to patients to help with their mobility, improve function or reduce pain. We assess patients to decide on the correct treatment and can see patients as an inpatient in hospital wards but we mainly deliver service to our patients in outpatient clinics across NHSGGC to both adults and children. 

You will work in our lab at Gartnavel workshop using high speed machinery including rotating sanders, a band saw a plastics oven and vacuum moulding equipment in order to create devices specific to each patient to help patients to live better lives.

What qualifications do I need?

At the point of submitting your application you must already hold at least three National 4 Qualifications  (or Standard Grade 3 or 4 OR Intermediate 1 ) one of which must be in Maths or a Technical Subject.

As well as meeting the educational requirements you will need to show in your application that you are good with your hands, enjoy fixing or creating new things and can be neat and methodical in your work.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic to learn and to develop within an apprenticeship and has a positive approach to work. 

It is important that you can show in your application that you could work well with their colleagues as part of a team and be willing to help others to complete tasks if they have completed their own.   

At times this role can be physically demanding and you will spend a lot of time on your feet.

Quality control is very important to us as our patients depend on these devices so they need to be as well made and high quality as we can deliver, so concentration and attention to detail are essential.

You will find further guidance on how to complete this section of the application form and suggested examples of cross transferable skills from education/extra curricular activities in the in the Candidate  Information pack.

This post closes 12 Noon Friday 13th October 2017.

Is there an age limit?

These apprenticeship are only open to applicants aged 16-24 years (or 29 years for candidates with a disability)  in line with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Youth Employment Plan and in support of our workforce demographics and projections.  

Where will I be working?

This job is based entirely in the Orthotics Lab, at Gartnavel General Hospital. 

You will work in our lab at the Gartnavel workshop using high speed machinery including rotating sanders, a band saw a plastics oven and vacuum moulding equipment in order to create devices specific to each patient to help patients to live better lives.

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What departments will I be working in?

You will work as a part of the NHSGGC Orthotic Service, which delivers services to patients across 8 hospital sites across our Board area, however this role is based in Gartnavel General Hospital.

The Orthotics Department provides body worn devices to patients to help with their mobility, improve function or reduce pain. We assess patients to decide on the correct treatment and can see patients as an inpatient in hospital wards but we mainly deliver service to our patients in outpatient clinics across NHSGGC to both adults and children.

Who will I be working with?

You will be part of a team which includes an Orthotics Technical Team Lead, two Senior Orthotic technical assistants and two Orthotic Technical Assistants.

What will I do?

A full job description is provided in the information pack and this provides details of all aspects of the role.  However, a summary of some of the key duties is provided below.

  • Operating our CAD CNC milling machine to create insoles which have been designed in a CAD package by our team of Orthotists.
  • Finishing off these insoles to a high specification by hand
  • Repairing and fixing broken devices
  • Finishing devices to a high standard using smoothing tools
  • Creating very individual items and unique items carefully specified by both the Orthotist and the patient.
  • Using the computer to make sure information is recorded accurately and jobs are delivered on time.

What qualifications and training will I receive?

This apprenticeship is completed over two years.  

This post reflects the following Modern Apprenticeship Framework:

  •  Healthcare Support Level 2 (non-clinical)

This means you will be working towards the SVQ Level 2 in Healthcare Support

You will find more detail on the training and education components of this apprenticeship in the Candidate Information Pack

How long will the Apprenticeship last?

This apprenticeship will last for two Years.

When will this Apprenticeship start?

We anticipate that successful candidates will commence employment (subject to the length of time it takes to complete individual pre employment checks) by January 2018.

What happens a the end of the Apprenticeship?

All candidates who successfully complete all elements of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprenticeship Programme are guaranteed permanent employment.

How much will I be paid and how many hours a week will I work?

This Modern Apprenticeship will pay you a minimum of £16, 532 or £8.45 per hour.

You will work a 37.5 hour week.

As an employee of Greater Glasgow and Clyde you will also be entitled to all the benefits that our staff receive including a minimum of 27 days paid annual leave, an additional 8 days paid public holidays and enrolment in the NHS Scotland Pension Scheme.

How can I find out more?

You can attend our information session.

Monday 9th October at 2pm at Gartnavel Hospitals Campus

Please email [email protected] to book your place.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Click the link to Download and read the Candidate Information Pack

Step 2:  Complete and submit an online application

Please note this post closed 12 Noon Friday 13th October 2017