Healthcare specialists – orthoptists, podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers, prosthetists and orthotists – use their knowledge and skills to help patients live the fullest lives possible.
They’re all members of the allied health professionals family – and they’re in short supply.
Allied health professionals work directly with patients, so they can see the difference they make every day.
Orthoptists treat problems affecting how the brain controls the eye, improving people’s vision and making their eyes more comfortable.
Podiatrists care for the feet, ankles and lower limbs. They relieve pain and keep people independent, active and healthy.
Prosthetics & Orthotics
Prosthetists and orthotists design, fit, adjust and maintain mechanical devices that attach to patients’ bodies to help them move or to treat an issue.
You don’t need seven years of medical school to help patients live fuller lives. You can become an orthoptist, podiatrist, therapeutic radiographer, or prosthetist and orthotist with a three-year honours degree.
These courses combine academic study with practical, hands-on application. You’ll put what you’re learning to the test in regular clinical placements, where students help treat real patients in a working hospital.
Orthoptists, podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers, and prosthetists and orthotists are in demand all over the country. You’ll have a very good chance of finding employment straight after graduating.
All four of these professions offer great pay and good working conditions. Most work regular hours – they rarely have to work shifts or be on call.
Any one of these roles offers plenty of opportunities to advance. As your career evolves, you could specialise, move into senior positions, or go into research or management.
What are universities looking for?
- People who care. Wanting to help people, to relieve their pain and strain and help them live fuller lives, is the most important quality you need to study and work as an allied health professional.
- Motivation and staying power. Courses in orthoptics, podiatry, therapeutic radiography, and prosthetics and orthotics are rewarding, but they’re also highly demanding.
- People skills and a professional attitude. These courses all involve clinical placements in working hospitals, where you’ll be expected to turn up on time, look presentable, and pay attention.
- Interest in science subjects. Not all the courses require A-levels in maths or sciences, but a good knowledge of these subjects will give you a head start.