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Ophthalmic Technician Supervisor- Fixed Term

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Part Time

Job Details

The Orthoptic department is looking for an individual who is motivated and hardworking and enjoys helping and supporting others, to join our Ophthalmic Technician team.

This post is suitable for an Ophthalmic technician with previous experience in the assessment of Humphrey and Goldmann visual fields, OCT and Visual acuity. The post holder will work face to face with patients, undertaking clinical diagnostics in readiness for patients to be reviewed by medical, nurses or allied health professionals.

The post may be offered at band 4 for candidate who have not had the required experience for all diagnostic tests. Training will be offered.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as part of a team of 10 ophthalmic technicians undertaking a range of ophthalmic diagnostics including Humphrey and Goldmann visual fields, Optical Coherence Tonometry, Biometry, visual acuity. As part of the Glaucoma Virtual clinic service, you will undertake diagnostic interventions including Goldmann Applanation Tonometry, medication compliance/concordance, sign and symptom review. You will also undertake the day to day supervision of junior colleagues as well as provide supervision, tuition and competency assessment of junior colleagues.

About us

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWBT) is an integrated careorganisation with a budget of approximately �600 million and over 7,000 staff. Diversity and social care is at the core of what we do as the Trust provides Community and Acute Services to over half a million people in an urban centre that demands massive regeneration and has substantial premature mortality.

Our new acute hospital, the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH), opens in 2024 and will provide care to our local population from first class, purpose-built premises.As a result, the base of this role may change to MMUH from 2024 (or beyond). If this is applicable to your role, you will be informed during the recruitment process and continuing your application with this understanding.The development of the new hospital will play an important role in the regeneration of the wider area and in improving the lives of local people and reducing health inequalities.

We have three newly emerging strategic objectives:
  • Our People - to cultivate and sustain happy, productive and engaged staff
  • Our Patients - to be good or outstanding in everything we do
  • Our Population - to work seamlessly with our partners to improve live

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details on what this role entails,

    Person Specification



    • Training to BSc or equivalent knowledge and skills, and significant practice as an ophthalmic technician



    • Clinical experience as an Ophthalmic Technician or similar ophthalmic practitioner role
    • Must have undertaken theoretical training in Glaucoma and the investigative procedures involved in its diagnosis and management at a Degree level or equivalent
    • Must have the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to interpret clinical test results, compare these to those previously obtained in order to determine the need and level of urgency for referral or immediate consultation with a more senior member of the multi-disciplinary team
    • Must have the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in order to recognise when to modify testing techniques to address acquired symptoms etc
    • Ability to allocate clinical and administrative tasks to junior colleagues based on their knowledge, skills and competency
    • Must have a theoretical knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye, visual pathway and brain
    • Experience undertaking regular clinical audits. Participation in clinical trials and research as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Clinical experience working with a range of adult and paediatric patients, many of whom have significant sensory impairment and or learning difficulties

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust


    Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre

    Dudley road


    B18 7QH

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