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Deputy Head Orthoptist (Fixed Term 12 Months)

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 pro-rata per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other allied health
Band 8A
Full Time
Band 8A Deputy Head Orthoptist

PLEASE NOTE: This is a fixed-term post for 12 months to cover maternity leave.

Are you an experienced orthoptist looking to develop further leadership and management skills? Are you a highly organised individual with a passion for the delivery of outstanding patient care?

We are looking for a Deputy Head Orthoptist to support the Head Orthoptist in the delivery of our orthoptic, optometry and ophthalmic technician services across Berkshire.

The role will include work at both the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and also the Prince Charles Eye Unit in Windsor.

We would consider applications from those candidates interested in a job share.

Main duties of the job

The Deputy Head Orthoptist is a senior member of the ophthalmology leadership team, who is responsible for the operational management of the orthoptic service across Berkshire in the Head Orthoptist's absence.

The postholder is also responsible for rostering of staff within the service, and works closely alongside the Head Orthoptist to deliver strategic objectives.

This post is cross-county and therefore the successful candidate will be expected to work in both the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and the Prince Charles Eye Unit in Windsor.

About us

Reading and Windsor sit on the river Thames and are both served by great road and rail links to London, Oxford and Southampton. With excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene, Reading and Windsor are wonderful places to live, work and play and provides excellent facilities for families, including some of the best state and private schools in the UK.

The CQC recently rated the care provided by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as Good.

Our values:Compassionate,Aspirational,Resourceful,Excellent, reflect the type of Trust we aspire to be and you can join our dedicated and talented staff to make this happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide high quality orthoptic care and allied ophthalmic services within a multidisciplinary team for the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Responsible for the management, co-ordination, planning and development of the Orthoptic Special School Vision Screening Service.

To deputise for the Head Orthoptist and adopt the following roles in their absence.

Responsible for the management, coordination, planning and development of Orthoptic, Optometry and Ophthalmic Support Services in Berkshire.

Responsible and accountable for the budget management of the county-wide Orthoptic Service and Hospital Eye Service provided by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

To manage people and financial resources within these services in order to ensure the effective operation of the department.

To act as professional lead for Orthoptics within the Trust, advising on equitable service in Berkshire.

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for further details.

Person Specification



  • Degree or Diploma in Orthoptics
  • Post-graduate qualification
  • Teaching qualification
  • HCPC Registration
  • Involvement the extended role of orthoptists


  • Audit/Research
  • BIOS Member



  • Significant clinical experience in orthoptics
  • Management/supervisory responsibility
  • Knowledge of health service strategy/policy


  • Financial responsibility
  • Change management

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Berkshire Hospital

London Road



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