Michael Battagello - Orthotics Academy Clinician
Originally from Australia, I completed my Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics at La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2013. I began in private practice up in sunny Brisbane, which was a great introduction to the industry, grounding my knowledge of Prosthetics, but also the manufacturing side for which I made every prosthesis I fitted.
"I moved into a hospital based practice, rotating between Brisbane, Newcastle and Albury, where I was involved in much of the acute side of the Orthotics industry and continued to develop in Prosthetics. These various locations exposed me to a mix of city and regional settings, which exposed me to a variety of patient goals, which impact treatment. It was during these years that I worked with many Scottish expats and this is where I learnt more about the UK industry.
"In 2017, I made the decision to move over to the UK, where I worked in the NHS at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton. Moving to the UK was an important decision for me, because I wanted to development my clinical knowledge in the global community, as well as enjoy the opportunities that come from living and travelling in Europe. I worked in Roehampton for 4.5 years as a dual practitioner, which gave me a specialist knowledge in Orthotics and Prosthetics, particularly where these two areas overlap. I particularly enjoyed managing MDT clinics with physiotherapists and occupational therapists, as I found this greatly influenced by practice and ultimately benefited patients.
"Working in the NHS during COVID-19 was challenging, but extremely rewarding. One of my proudest moments was re-deployment onto ICU during the second wave of 2021 – it was incredible and inspiring seeing how all the ICU staff worked tirelessly during the pandemic.
"I joined the Ottobock Clinical Academy Team in 2021 as this was a great opportunity to further my clinical knowledge and to impart my experience in an educational role. I am excited to see more of the UK and connect with the health industry within it.