Advanced Orthoptist

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
Kings Lynn
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
9 Oct 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to join the Team QEH as an Advanced Orthoptist.

Within this role you will ensure the provision of a high quality Orthoptic service to outpatients and inpatients and to provide a high standard of Orthoptic treatment and advice appropriate to the needs of the patient as directed by the standards of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) and the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

Main duties of the job

  • To utilise your highly specialist knowledge and highly developed skills to perform accurate testing with orthoptic equipment and show a willingness to supplement knowledge with further education.
  • As an autonomous practitioner to be responsible for the Orthoptic assessment, diagnosis and management of patients referred to the Orthoptic Department from any speciality including, paediatrics the Stroke ward, Eye Casualty, Community-led clinics, Neurology and Endocrinology.
  • To be responsible for the evaluation of visual acuity, binocular functions and ocular motility disorders in all patients referred to the service including infants with congenital and developmental abnormalities, children and adults with complex needs and/or learning difficulties and patients with neurological conditions.
  • To assess patients in Outpatient or Inpatient departments, tailoring your practice to their needs to enable accurate diagnosis and management of all Orthoptic conditions. To analyse, compare and interpret a range of options for each patient underpinned by experience, theory and additional learning where required.

  • About us

    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) King's Lynn is located near some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, along the north Norfolk coast, and not far from Sandringham House.

    We provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based healthcare services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, in addition to parts of Breckland, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire.

    We have more than 4,000 staff and volunteers, approximately 530 beds, and a helipad for air ambulances. We work with neighbouring hospitals for the provision of tertiary services, including as part of regional partnership and network models of care, such as the trauma network.

    In February 2022 the significant progress that has been made at QEH was recognised by the Care Quality Commission who rated the Trust as 'Good' in all of the core services they inspected. They recommended the Trust moves out of the recovery support system (formerly special measures).

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please click the apply now button to see the Job Description and Person Specification for further information about this role.

    Person Specification



    • Member of Health Professional Council (HCPC)
    • Degree/diploma in Orthoptic
    • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD)


    • Member of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)*
    • Willingness to undertake further education/training



    • Minimum 5 years post-registration experience, including services such as general orthoptics, paediatrics, community and willingness to extend role
    • Audit and clinical governance experience
    • Evidence of on-going training and development
    • Clinical teaching experience with Optometrists and Medical Students


    • Experience leading projects and/or training



    • Good IT Skills
    • Excellent skills in all areas of Orthoptics
    • Accurate and legible report writing skills
    • Able to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
    • Excellent time management and organisational skills
    • Car driver


    • Member of a Special Interest Group (SIG)
    • Access to a car



    • Your values and behaviours must mirror that of the Trust

    Employer details

    Employer name

    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHSFT


    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

    Gayton Road

    Kings Lynn

    PE30 4ET

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