The Trustees warmly welcome you to the web-site of the Orthotic Education & Training Trust
The Orthotic Education and Training Trust was originally set up by the Department of Health and the British Surgical Trades Association, in partnership with the British Institute of Surgical Technologists, to provide a private fund for the training and education of Orthotists. The income was substantially derived from a levy on orthotic device sales to the NHS. This levy ceased when the training of Orthotists progressed to degree courses funded directly by government within the state higher education system.
The Trustees now manage the investment income derived from the levy funds as its only source of income. Their focus currently is on postgraduate training and education. The object of the Trust as defined by its deed is to fund firstly, the education and training of orthotists, orthotic managers and technologists and secondly, the training of technicians concerning surgical and medical appliances and devices (i.e. orthotic devices).
The Trustees consider the Trust should hold adequate reserves to provide sufficient investment income to ensure an ample level of funding for professional training needs currently and in the future. This policy is reviewed regularly, to ensure reserves are maintained at a level sufficient to respond to the changing needs of the orthotic profession.
More information on the Regulations and By-laws governing the Trust can be found in the ABOUT THE TRUST section.
The Trustees hope that visitors to this web-site will find it useful in understanding the workings of the Orthotic Education & Training Trust and how eligible candidates may make application to fund further education and training within the orthotic profession. The Trustees have recently simplified the procedure for funding applications to the Trust. Candidates should therefore read the amended Guidance Notes in the Download section in conjunction with the Application for Funding page