Can you tell us about your role and the difference it makes to patient care?
As an Orthotic Assistant practitioner I carry my own case load of patients. Being an assistant practitioner has given me a bigger scope of practice and the knowledge to fulfil that role and allowing me more autonomy in doing it.
What attracted you to being a support worker?
At the age of 16 when I left school I did not want to work in a factory like all of my family, so I entered the care sector and have been in the care sector in one way or another ever since which amounts to nearly 34years now.
How has training and development in your role helped you so far?
The training I held allowed me to progress as far as I could however the apprenticeship and foundation degree helped me take the next step to the level that was just out of reach.
I now know more about how care is implemented, how it can have an impact on the patient not just physically but emotionally and socially. It gave me the knowledge and confidence to look at care not just for the individual but also how the care we offer can benefit the larger community. I have been able to expand my competencies. I have more responsibility and I now take an active role in how we as a department deliver care to our patients.