Many Orthotists Want to Quit the Profession

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Author: Anglia Ruskin University
Published: 2023/01/12 - Updated: 2023/01/17 - Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Contents: Summary - Definition - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Over a third of orthotists, specialists who improve quality of life for people with long-term conditions and disabilities would leave the profession if they could. The research found that the leading reason for orthotists wanting to leave the profession was treatment by their employer. The perception among orthotists that they were treated poorly by their employer appears to be the catalyst for a significant number wishing to leave their job and the profession.

Introduction

Job Satisfaction Among NHS and Private Orthotists: A Cross-Sectional Comparative Study.

More than a third of orthotists, specialists who improve the quality of life for people with long-term conditions and disabilities, would leave the profession if they could, according to a new study.

Main Digest

Orthotists provide gait analysis to patients and design and fit external devices. These include insoles, braces, and splints, to support and improve posture, function, and mobility and manage pain and deformity.

However, new research by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has found that 37% of orthotists working with NHS and private patients would leave the orthotic profession if they could, suggesting a potential retention crisis. The figure was roughly the same among those employed by the NHS and those employed by private companies.

Around 70% of orthotists in the UK work in NHS settings but are employed by private companies. The research found that the leading reason for orthotists wanting to leave the profession was treatment by their employer. Many respondents also reported they needed more time with patients during appointments and that facilities needed to be improved. Privately employed orthotists reported that their working conditions were significantly lower than those employed by the NHS.

Orthotic services provide financial value to the NHS. A previous report by the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency found that the health service could save £4 for every £1 spent on improving orthotics services because patients who access these services suffer fewer falls and require less pain relief or surgical interventions.

Orthotics services provide treatment options for people with a wide range of conditions, and orthotists work closely with several clinical specialties within the NHS, including diabetes care, elderly medicine, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, stroke, and trauma teams.

Dr. Nebil Achour, the co-author of the paper and Associate Professor in Disaster Mitigation at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said:

"This study highlights the substantial challenges facing the orthotic profession in terms of staff satisfaction and retention. The perception among orthotists that they were treated poorly by their employer appears to be the catalyst for a significant number wishing to leave not just their job but the profession overall. This vulnerability in our healthcare sector needs to be addressed urgently."

"A resilient healthcare sector requires all professions and capabilities to be ready to respond effectively during times of adversities."

Lead author Katie Prosser, who researched while studying for a Masters's Degree in Healthcare Management at ARU, said:

"These are concerning results with clear and considerable implications for the future of the orthotic workforce, as well as patients requiring their services. Usually, if people are dissatisfied with an NHS post, they can look to move into private roles. However, in this profession, it appears there is little to be gained in terms of job satisfaction or conditions by doing this, which may lead orthotists to want to do something else entirely."

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This peer reviewed publication was selected for publishing by the editors of Disabled World due to its significant relevance to the disability community. Originally authored by Anglia Ruskin University, and published on 2023/01/12 (Edit Update: 2023/01/17), the content may have been edited for style, clarity, or brevity. For further details or clarifications, Anglia Ruskin University can be contacted at aru.ac.uk. NOTE: Disabled World does not provide any warranties or endorsements related to this article.

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