I’m a consultant orthotist and manage the orthotics service offered here at Alder Hey. I work closely with consultants and doctors in the hospital to make sure that the patients’ needs are met and am proud of the work the team do here in making sure that the children and young people we look after receive the best possible care.
One of the best parts of my job is seeing the difference our devices make for our patients, many of whom we see for many years as we adapt and make new devices as they grow and develop and their condition changes.
This is an exciting time for the department as we are now able to harness new technology. For example we can now take the 3D images of a patient’s spine provided by Alder Hey’s new EOS machine and use a digital application to design and create thinner and much more comfortable spinal jackets which can reduce the amount of surgery a patient needs.
As an othotist my job is to fit and supply patients with any devices that are worn on the outside of the body. This includes splints, helmets, footwear, braces – it really is top to toe. I make some of the devices here in an on-site workshop and adapt others so that they fit the individual’s needs as precisely as possible.
I love my job, I must do as I have been doing it for 53 years, starting here as an apprentice when I was 16, and have no desire to retire! It’s a great privilege to work with the children and to see them develop. I’ve treated so many people over the decades that I even bump into ex-patients when on holiday!
As an othotist I assess, fit and repair the devices and appliances our patients need. The advantage of working as part of the hospital is that we get the opportunity to develop a good relationship with our patients and their families as we offer continual treatment. This is much better for our patients too as they get to know and trust us and become more comfortable with the treatments and processes they receive here.
Our new department is much better and more welcoming for our patients who often travel long distances to see us and provides us with plenty of space to assess our children and young people’s needs and make and adapt their devices.
As the departments administrator I’m the person you will probably speak to when you first phone the department. I’ve worked here for over 20 years and I’m the first port of call when people want to ask questions. I also liaise with the community centres we work at and our outpatients to make sure that our orders are met.
The best part of the job is seeing the patients when they come in and I’m proud to be working in a department that has such a good reputation.