Orthotist – Orthotist and Prosthetics Unit (OPU)
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Steward Health Care Malta runs 3 hospitals across the Maltese Islands: Karin Grech Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Gozo General Hospital.
We are recruiting a Full-time Orthotist to join our dynamic team at Karin Grech Hospital.
The position of Orthotist is to work at the OPU to provide enhanced continuity of care for the orthotic service users and will form an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team within the hospital.
The role of the orthotist is to take the lead in the assessment and provision of orthotic devices, to effectively supervise Orthotic Assistants, instruct Orthotic Technicians in the fabrication of orthotic devices, as well as providing consulting expertise to medics, other health care workers and service users.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Evaluate and interview patients to determine their needs, taking a full medical history when necessary;
- Gain informed consent to treatment from the patient or their representative, and exercise a professional and ethical duty of care at all times;
- Take all the necessary measurements and/or impressions/plaster casts of the part of a patient’s body that will be fitted with an orthotic device;
- Design and supervise, or assist in, the fabrication of orthotic devices;
- Select materials to be used for the orthotic device;
- Fit and deliver orthotic devices to patients;
- Instruct patients in how to use and care for their devices;
- Review patients post-delivery of an orthotic device;
- Liaise with orthotic technicians to adjust or repair orthotic devices;
- Replace devices for patients as and when necessary, for clinical reasons or due to wear and tear;
- Document all care and interventions in patients’ records, and fill in all the necessary documents and order forms regarding the sourcing and/or fabrication of the device;
- Visit patients on wards in Karin Grech Hospital and other health entities as necessary;
- Speak to patients on the phone or in person if they need to discuss issues related to their device; at times, be ready to assess patients who walk in to clinic without an appointment, if required;
- Be accountable to the Chief Orthotist/Prosthetist/Service Manager;
- Be committed to continuing professional development (CPD) and reflective practice, and be ready to provide a written CPD profile upon request;
The selected candidate should:
- Qualified with either a Bachelor’s degree (level 6) in Orthotics and Prosthetics, or a Master’s degree (level 7) in Orthotics and Prosthetics, or any equivalent qualification;
- Having at least three years` of experience as a clinician with at least 500 hours of supervised clinical practice in orthotics;
- Must be fully conversant and experienced in dealing with all aspects of fitting a vast range of orthoses on both adults and children, including diabetic footwear, scoliosis bracing and orthoses for paralysis;
- Must be able to deal with all degrees and severity of disability including congenital deformities in adults and children;
- Must be able to provide a certificate of good standing from the national regulatory body governing the profession in the candidate’s jurisdiction;
- The Orthotist is also expected to have good communication skills, in both written and verbal English, work as part of a team within the Orthotics and Prosthetics Department, as well as forming an integral part of the multidisciplinary team within the hospital.
For further information about the vacancy and how to apply for this position, interested candidates can contact the HR Department on: email@example.com by quoting the position title in the email subject field.
The closing date for submitting applications for this position is the 8th February 2021.