“It’s really rewarding to be be able to help improve someone’s way of life.” For Alan, his role as a Senior Orthotic Technician is more than just a job. At Peacocks Medical Group, Alan creates bespoke orthotic devices such as braces and surgical supports to help patients with injuries or lifelong conditions.
“I was unsure of which career route I wanted to take, but I always knew I wanted to be creative and I didn’t want to sit at a desk all day. I wanted a hands-on role where I could develop and grow whilst helping people. ”
An NVQ Level 2 in Manufacturing paved the way before Alan completed an apprenticeship in Industrial Applications. Using a mix of cutting-edge technology and traditional manufacturing techniques, Alan creates custom-made devices that support, protect and improve the function of a person’s limb or their upper body.
For patients with medical conditions like Spina Bifida or Cerebral Palsy, orthotic braces and splints offer welcome relief and provide mobility support. At Peacocks, every device is as unique as the patient and is handmade to fit the individual’s requirements
“I once made splints for a lady who had been unable to stand for five years. Thanks to the orthotic splints, she was able to stand at the altar for her wedding. There’s nothing more rewarding than that.”
Alan - Career Pathway
Began career at Peacocks as a Trainee Technician working within the plastics department alongside a Senior Technician
- 2007 - 2010
Completed Level 2 NVQ in Manufacturing and started an apprenticeship in industrial applications
- 2010 - 2017
After undergoing extensive training became an Orthotic Technician and then went on to be further promoted to a Senior Orthotic Technician position. Completed a Level 2 NVQ in Team Leading during this time
- 2017 - Present
Moved back to the plastics department to increase multi-skill base in orthotics. About to start a Professional Development Award (PDA) in Rehabilitation Technologies
Stats - Orthotic technician
Full Time Employed: 30,365
Part Time Employed: 15,653
Self Employed: 4,798
Total Employed: 50,816
Medical and dental technicians
Medical and dental technicians operate, calibrate and maintain cardiographic and encephalographic testing equipment, assist in the conduct of post mortems, give simple dental treatments, fit artificial limbs and hearing aids, and undertake a wide range of related medical and dental tasks.
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Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Basingstoke