Rehabilitation Engineer Technician

      Opcare, part of the Ability Matters Group, is the largest supplier of prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair services to the NHS and private sector in the UK and Ireland. As a company we aim to continuously improve the services we deliver and develop those who work for us.

      Due to expansion, we have an exciting opportunity for a Rehabilitation Engineer Technician in our wheelchair services in Leicester. This is a full time position and you will be working alongside other Wheelchair Rehabilitation Engineers to provide technical support to service users whilst ensuring delivery of a seamless, high quality service for our patients within the district.

      We take pride in providing patients with an industry leading service to enhance their ability so we are looking for positive and dynamic people to join us and deliver on this commitment.

      We are a growing company and have an excellent record of people progressing within the organisation and therefore welcome applications from ambitious individuals who are looking to further their career.

      Key elements of this rewarding job role include:

      • Provide technical support to the clinical team in an individual and/or a multi-disciplinary team situation.
      • Carry out assessments and treatments which physically involve assisting patients to stand and walk, kneeling, squatting, crouching, bending to low furniture, twisting, maintaining static/awkward postures for short periods of time. Lifting, carrying and adjusting wheelchairs several times a day on a daily basis.
      • Undertake a range of activities designed to assess the suitability of a person’s home environment prior to provision of powered and non-powered wheelchairs.
      • Following provision of mobility equipment, undertaking minor wheelchair repairs and/or adjustments under indirect supervision of the Clinical Team.
      • Analyse, compare and interpret simple facts and situations, to assist in the decision-making process of the wheelchair assessment team in specific outcomes where there may be some inconsistency of end-user requirements.
      • Measure and weigh service-users.
      • To be responsible for maintaining comprehensive contemporaneous clinical records both manual and electronic ensuing compliance with the agreed record keeping systems.
      • Effectively communicate with patients who may have communication/learning difficulties, their carers or other professionals through written and verbal channels, to ensure clear information and advice is provided at all time.
      • To sensitively discuss contentious outcomes with the service user, carers and relatives.
      • Respond to technical issues raised by the repair service.
      • To work with the clinical team to evaluate new equipment to assess its technical quality, design, specification, initial cost and through life cost and to agree preferred hardware.

      Person specification:
      HNC or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or in the absence of this formal qualification, a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a Wheelchair Technician or similar role is desirable but not essential.

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