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Senior Plaster Technician

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Full time 37.5 hours per week. Permanent post.

The Trauma and Orthopaedic Department are looking to recruit a full time qualified Senior Plaster Technician. The successful candidate will have experience in all plastering techniques and possession of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Casting Certificate for a minimum of five years. You will have a compassionate and caring personality, enjoy working with people and wanting to make a difference to the patients journey. This is an extremely busy department and the post holder will be expected to work in all areas of the Orthopaedic Department and Specialist Paediatric Clinic (Ponseti and serial casting).

The department also attends ED, Wards and Theatres as requested. Apart from general cast applications we also use the Focus Rigidity Casting (FRC), and Total Contact techniques, as well as, various forms of splint making and Orthotic applications.

Main duties of the job

To work as a Senior Plaster Technician within a team of technicians delivering a service to Trauma and Orthopaedics, A& E, UTC, Wards, Theatres and other departments across the Trust. The post holder will provide direct and indirect care at a high level for patients in the Fracture/Orthopaedic/Paediatric Clinics, Wards/Theatres and other areas of the Trust.

You will carry out duties deemed necessary to ensure a comprehensive provision of service. This is a varied role, requiring an organised approach, attention to detail and proficient in communication and administration work. A broad theoretical and practical knowledge base is required to deliver exceptional care to patients requiring application of casts, splints and bracing with a whilst undergoing treatment. This post offers a great opportunity to develop new skills, as well as, updating existing, full training and support will be given where needed.

About us

There has never been a better time to join the Bolton team. Here at Bolton our patients are at the heart of everything we do. We ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of Care and are guided by our trust Values of Vision, Openness, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will assist and coordinate the provision of a plaster room and out- patient service within the Bolton Hospital Foundation Trust

A comprehensive knowledge of anatomy physiology and medical terminology is essential to ensure accurate clinical assessment of both in and out patients as required. As such, the post holder must have completed the recognized British Orthopedic Association (BOA) casting certificate. In addition, have at least 3 years experience working at that level.

The post holder will be expected to work autonomously, using their knowledge and skills for the application of both simple, and complex prescribed casts splints and braces.

The applicant must have previous knowledge of:

Assessment and treatment of simple and complex wound management liaising with the treatment rooms and tissue viability teams within the trust and community

The post holder is, expected to carry out all relevant forms of care without direct supervision and will be required to demonstrate procedures for both adult and pediatric patients whilst acting as a resource within the specialty for both junior and medical staff

You must be able to demonstrate a high standard of casting and splinting techniques and provide technical support in collaboration with the trauma and orthopedic multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

The post holder must be able to work autonomously utilizing their knowledge and skills to advice on the most appropriate treatment (s) relevant to injury(s)

As this is a physically and mentally demanding role, the post holder must be able to work under pressure at busy times of the day

Health, Safety and Security:
  • All employees have a duty to report any accidents, complaints, defects in equipment, near misses and untoward incidents, following Trust procedure.
  • To ensure that Health and Safety legislation is complied with at all times, including COSHH, Workplace Risk Assessment and Control of Infection.

  • Working within the trust you may gain knowledge of confidential matters, which may include personal and medical information about patients and staff. Such information must be considered strictly confidential and must not be discussed or disclosed. Failure to observe this confidentiality could lead to disciplinary action being taken against you.

Data Quality
  • All employees are reminded about the importance of Data Quality and staff should make themselves aware of both departmental and corporate objectives for Data Quality.
  • Data Quality forms part of the appraisal and objective setting process for staff responsible for data entry and data production staff should ensure that they adhere to policies and procedures at all times. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action being taken.

Codes of Conduct and Accountability:
  • You must comply with relevant Bolton NHS Foundation Trust codes of conduct and accountability.

Infection Prevention and Control:
  • You must comply with all relevant policies, procedures and training on infection prevention and control.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults:
  • You must comply with all relevant policies, procedures and training on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality:
  • You must comply with all relevant policies, procedures and training on valuing diversity and promoting equality.


All employees have a duty to attend all mandatory training sessions as required by the Trust.

Any other general requirements as appropriate to the post and location

Freedom to Act:

Practice in accordance with the British Orthopaedic Association Professional Registration

Comply with all the trust policies and report /escalate when actions are needed outside of these agreed standards.

Uses own initiative to problem solve and manage issues as they arise, escalating to senior staff for support and guidance when unable to resolve.

The range of duties and responsibilities outlined above are indicative only and are intended to give a broad flavour of the range and type of duties that will be allocated. They are subject to modification in the light of changing service demands and the development requirements of the post holder.

Person Specification

BOA Casting Certificate


  • Five years post BOA Casting Certificate experience
  • Health and care related degree or equivalent
  • Experience in Focused Rigidity Casting (FRC)


  • Evidence of post certificate development

Experience of Trauma and Orthopaedics


  • Paediatric casting and conditions
  • Experience of working with Orthopaedic MDT in clinical decision making
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  • Experience of complex wound care management
  • Experience in application of varied casting materials and positioning of limbs


  • Working towards formal wound care certifcate

Clinical skills


  • Venepuncture
  • Knowledge of simple and complex wound care management
  • Evidence in teaching and imparting skills and knowledge
  • Evidence and ability to work autonomously and independently


  • Cannulation
  • Willingness to progress teaching skills



  • Works effectively within a team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent organisational skills


  • Experience of supervisory role
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Demonstrate experience of decision making and applying knowledge based rationales

Additional knowledge


  • Health and safety
  • Risk management
  • Clinical governance
  • Trust values and strategies


  • Commitment to continuing professional development

Employer details

Employer name

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Bolton NHS FT

Minerva Road



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