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Prosthetics Technician

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What are we looking for?

We are recruiting an Apprentice for the West of Scotland Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre – WestMARC on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospitals Campus, one of the largest prosthetics service in the UK and is nationally and internationally recognised for its work.

What does the Prosthetics Team do? 

As a host centre of the Scottish Specialist Prosthetics Service WestMARC is at the cutting edge of technology of prosthetics. We are regularly using some of the most up to date prosthetic components available. 

These include multiarticulating bionic hands, microprocessor controlled knees and feet costing thousands of pounds. You will be involved in setting these devices up ready for the clinician to fit to the patients.

What qualifications do I need?

At the point of submitting your application you must already hold at least five National 5 Qualifications  at Grades A to C (or Standard Grade 1 or 2 OR Intermediate 2 ) three of which  must be in Maths, English and a  Science or Technical Subject OR an NC in a relevant Engineering Discipline.

As well as meeting the academic criteria you must also demonstrate in your application that you possess good problem solving skills and the ability to carry out tasks ranging from requiring fine dexterity in setting or adjusting instrumentation.  Manual dexterity and an eye for detail are important skills.  Being able to understand the requirements of individuals and transfer these into the prosthesis you are manufacturing – for example shaping a cosmetic covering to the satisfaction of the patient

Patience and an understanding that the product you are producing is for a patient who may have very specific requirements is key.  You must have a “can do” attitude and be able to think “outside the box” to resolve problems that may come up.  You should be keen to help out and be flexible in your approach to insure the best outcome is achieved for our patients.  You must be able to handle situations where there are time pressures and quick responses required.

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.

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?

You will be based in the Prosthetics Service, WestMARC at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Site

Please note that apprentices may required to work at other NHS GGC locations throughout the training period.

Click on the links above to access maps of the sites or visit www.nhsggc.org.uk to view site maps and travel information.

What departments will I be working in?

You will work exclusively for the Prosthetics Service.  We provide artificial limbs to patients from all over the West of Scotland serving 52% of Scotland’s population. 

It provides a repair and maintenance service for exiting patients as well as supplying new amputees with their first prosthesis.

Who will I be working with?

You will work directly with the Prosthetists who are the clinicians responsible for treating the patients. You will also work with stores staff. You may also have interaction with other members of the clinical team including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nursing staff.  There are also surgeons, Doctors, Bio-engineers,  administrators and management within the department.

What will I do?

This post involves dealing with prosthetic limbs that have been worn by people from all walks of life with many different medical conditions, lifestyles and cultures.  As a result these limbs can become soiled, worn and dirty.  Your role will involve maintaining these limbs that some of which may be in a less than pleasant state.

You will get the satisfaction of knowing that the prosthesis you have produced will allow someone to regain some of their mobility and independence making a huge difference to their life.

A prosthetic technician will be expected to manufacture prosthetic limbs for patients with limb loss or absence - both upper and lower limbs to the specification of the clinical prosthetic staff.

  •  this involves  laminating carbon and glass fibre composite materials and the moulding of thermo plastics.  It also involves the assembly of prosthetic components
  •  You will be required to use a range of hand tools as well as large free standing machines including routers, sanders and bandsaws etc.

You will be involved in the maintenance and repair of prosthetics limbs often helping to diagnose problems that are occurring. 

You may be required to see patients whilst under the supervision of a member of the clinical team to help with the diagnosis of these problems but also to cosmetically shape the prosthesis to the satisfaction of the patient.

  •  You may also be required to input small amounts of information onto our dedicated database

You will be involved in continuous improvement of the service and expected to attended staff meetings and individual supervision meetings with you line manager as required.

A comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities is given in the full job description. 

What qualifications and training will I receive?

This apprenticeship is completed over four years.  During this time you will work towards the SEMTA Engineering Apprenticeship Framework covering the following areas:

  • SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations
  • National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Systems (SCQF Level 6)
  • SVQ 3 Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (Composite Manufacture Engineering) at SCQF Level 6
  • PDA in Rehabilitation Technology

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 Four 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 July 2017.

Successful candidates will begin their College studies in August 2017.

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, 086 or £8.25 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.