Bex Yearworth

Bex Wilkinson

Prosthetic and Orthotic Technician

Bex's job title is Prosthetic Technician at Pace Rehabilitation

What I do

I create two different types of limb sockets. One is a diagnostic socket, which is used to assess the fit of the prosthetic limb. It’s not the final one and can still be adjusted. This involves taking a cast and then heating it up in an oven and then shaping it once it comes out. 

The second is a definitive socket, which is when we turn the diagnostic socket into the final non-adjustable prosthetic. I’ll usually make this out of carbon fibre. If the patient wants theirs in a specific colour, then I can bring in fabrics to laminate in.

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How I became a technician

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What I love most about my job

So many things! Being part of somebody’s journey to mobility, whether that’s the basics, like being able to get around the house, or a much bigger goal, like aiming to compete in the Paralympic Games. I get to make things every day and my job satisfaction comes from creating something that I can see and touch.

The most exciting thing I’ve achieved so far in my job

Recently I won Technician of the Year. It was so exciting as I am the first female technician to ever win it! It was nice to get the recognition. The award was from the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO), and they presented it to me in Leipzig, Germany.

The next steps in my career journey

There is an ageing workforce in this industry so they really need apprentices. The company I work for is a small business and I don't see any reason why a technician couldn’t one day progress to becoming a Director of the company. I’d like to stay in this industry, it’s going to change and get more interesting over time.

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