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Head Orthoptist

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly experienced Orthoptist to lead our friendly and supportive Orthoptic team on a permanent basis as the Head Orthoptist at Mid Cheshire Hospitals.

Our team of six Orthoptists provide specialist diagnostic and treatment care for paediatric and adult patients with binocular vision disorders, ocular motility disorders, Strabismus and Amblyopia.

Main duties of the job

To lead and provide a high quality and comprehensive Orthoptic service for patients and be clinically accountable for the service and a point of expertise for staff.

About us

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) provides good quality, safe and effective healthcare to the people of Cheshire and beyond. The Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, was established as an NHS Trust in April 1991 and became a Foundation Trust in April 2008.

We employ almost 5,000 members of staff, provide around 540 hospital beds, with a range of services including accident and emergency, maternity, outpatients, therapies and children's health.

The Trust is also part of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), a unique local health partnership that provides a range of community services for people across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust was recognised nationally for its 'Be Safe Be EquiPPEd' campaign, which aimed to make the Trust as safe as possible for staff and patients, through supporting the correct use of PPE. The results in the 2020 national NHS Staff Survey showed improvements in all elements of the safety culture theme, with 92% of respondents feeling their role made a difference to our patients. We were also recognised nationally for our workforce health and wellbeing initiatives. At Mid Cheshire, we value our staff and appreciate that in order to give our patients the best quality, compassionate care, we also need to look after our colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide clinical leadership and set the strategic direction for the Orthoptic team and to operate effectively and autonomously as the lead Orthoptist and as part of the wider Ophthalmology department.

To be independently responsible as an autonomous practitioner for the Orthoptic investigation, diagnosis, management, and treatment of complex visual and ocular motility disorders using specialised examination techniques providing specialist advice.

To work collaboratively and co-operatively with other clinicians and managers to influence service development ensuring the provision of compassionate, safe and high-quality patient care.

Provide advanced expertise within paediatric and adult ocular motility clinics working in partnership with Consultants, Doctors and Optometrists.

Person Specification



  • Orthoptic Diploma / Degree
  • Proven clinical post graduate experience in a broad range of paediatric and adult Orthoptic clinical practise


  • Broad range of experience in specialist orthoptic areas including special needs and stroke



  • Proven managerial experience of staff and clinical service



  • Evidence of recent continuing professional development



  • Evidence of service development / improvement or redesign.

Employer details

Employer name

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Leighton Hospital



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