LAPS has joined forces with the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) to showcase this amazing profession where you make a real difference to the lives of others.

What do Prosthetists and Orthotists do?

Prosthetists and Orthotists aim to improve people’s ability to move freely, so they can do the things they want and need to do, as part of living life well. As a prosthetist, you create and fit artificial replacements for people who are missing a limb. As an orthotist, you’ll correct problems or deformities in nerves, muscles, and bones by providing well-fitting splints and complex footwear.  Technicians and Support Workers work alongside the registered P+O staff as part of a broader team.

Where do Prosthetists and Orthotists work?

Within the profession, your career can take you many places.  You can work as a:

  • Registered Prosthetist and Orthotist, a Technician or a Support Worker within the NHS or for Private Companies (contracted to work for the NHS) or in Private Practice
  • University lecturer to support the development of the future workforce
  • Researcher within the university sector or in Private Companies, including in research and development for product design

Why should I become a Prosthetist and Orthotist?

As a professional athlete, you will bring many transferable skills into the P+O profession.  You already have great working knowledge of your own anatomy and physiology and it’s likely that you’ve experienced recovery from injuries too.  You may have already used products to support your body as part of life as a professional athlete.  You know how to work in a team, communicate effectively, problem solve and dig deep. You already have a good level of fitness with an interest in health and keeping active.  So, your knowledge and skills would be in demand within the P+O profession.

How do I become part of the Prosthetic and Orthotic workforce?

There are currently four courses (including one apprenticeship route) in the UK to become a registered P+O and one apprenticeship to become a technician. To find out more, head to the Prosthetist and Orthotist page on the LAPS Careers Zone.