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The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Part Time
Due to maternity leave, a temporary vacancy has arisen for an optometrist to join the hospital optometry team at Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary. The team consists of 11 Optometrists, an ECLO & 2 optometry assistants.

Duties cover a varied case-load including core optometry clinics in adult & paediatric refraction and low vision.

The post will be based at Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary.

The working environment is busy, with a challenging caseload, with a need to combine high standards of clinical practice & good time management for clinical & non-clinical activities.

The successful applicant for a band 6 post will demonstrate an aptitude for working in a demanding hospital setting, managing a high volume of throughput in core optometry clinics such as refraction & low vision. They will need to show an ability to take on advice & instruction.

This would be an ideal opportunity for someone to follow on from their pre-registration year, or who is experienced in community work and is keen to gain experience & establish themselves in a hospital based role, whilst still having opportunity to work in community practice, or other optometric settings as they wish.

The working pattern will need to fit the needs of the service but it is possible that there can be some negotiation with the successful applicant.

Please contact Claire Parkes for an informal discussion if you are interested in the role and have any questions.

Main duties of the job

To work closely with the line manager in order to deliver a comprehensive range of optometric services to the highest standards of quality and care.

Participation in the delivery of complex specialist optometric services and a comprehensive range of core optometric services that meet the changing needs of the Directorate and other outside agencies

Working within core optometry clinics. These will include, but may not be limited to complex adult refraction, paediatric refraction and low vision.

See Job Description for further information

About us

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve. We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfil our values, improve the quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We're passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.

We are delighted that we have been rated as Good by CQC. We have achieved numerous awards The Nursing Times Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff in 2020.

The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests from applicants who wish to work flexibly.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties & Responsibilities

To ensure safe and effective clinical practice

To enhance the patients experience

To manage and develop the performance of the team

To ensure effective contribution to the delivery of the organisations objectives


To assist in a wide range of sub-specialty clinical services involving optometric extended roles. These include working as a part of a team in corneal, cataract, glaucoma, macular and paediatric ophthalmic services. This work requires frequent, prolonged periods of intense concentration and frequent exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances. An extensive personal clinical commitment to these services is required.

Extended role clinical activities require highly developed skills involving both precision and speed, where significant levels of hand eye and sensory co-ordination are essential. This often involves working in certain restricted positions / posture that cannot easily be changed.

To undertake extensive core optometry services. These include refraction (routine, diagnostic and paediatric), specialist medical contact lens management, corneal topography, visual impairment rehabilitation and baseline ophthalmic screening.

Work to support research in the Division as part of a team conducting clinical trials into Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and Vein Occlusion etc

To work closely with the line manager to ensure professional standards are achieved and maintained at all times, for the provision of highest quality hospital optometry services.


To contribute to delivering income generation and cost improvement programs.

Management of certain aspects of the departmental information and information systems as delegated by the line manager to ensure the accurate collection of appropriate data within the Department.

To work closely with the line manager in order to implement and encourage best practice wherever possible. The post holder is guided by principles and broad occupational policies, regulations and guidance provided by the line manager.

To work closely with the line manager in developing professional clinical performance and audit these on a regular basis.

To maintain harmonious working relationships and efficient communication with all staff throughout the Directorate, Trust and outside agencies.

To contribute to operational planning for the Department. This may involve dealing with some complex, sensitive and contentious information. The post holder will be expected to provide advice, instruction or training to groups where the subject matter is generally straightforward.

Responsibility to ensure that the Department abides by all Trust corporate policies and that all Health and Safety and COSHH regulations are complied with.

To supply accurate information to the line manager when requested in order to deal with complaints at a departmental level.

To contribute to the planning and organisation of a broad range of complex activities, some of which may be on going, which require regular review.

Delegated responsibility by the line manager for the management, supervision and administration of certain activities within the Department and its personnel. These include COSHH, Health and safety issues and low vision stock monitoring.

Teaching and Training

Responsibility for the clinical actions of pre-registration optometrists.

To undertake teaching and training of registered optometrists, pre-registration optometrists (including external students), final year optometry students, orthoptic students and medical students.

To undertake optometric training of post graduate medical staff (ie Senior House Officers and Specialist Registrars) in preparation for The Royal College of Ophthalmologists examinations.

To participate in continuing education and training (CET) as required by The General Optical Council (GOC).

To personally participate in continuing professional development (as required by The General Optical Council). This is through approved study leave procedures where necessary.

Clinical Governance and Clinical Audit

To undertake systematic and critical analysis of the quality of care in the Optometry Department (including diagnosis, treatment, outcomes and quality of life for patients) as delegated by the line manager.

To participate in clinical audit and contribute to collaborative undertakings with other departments providing ophthalmology services.

Delegated Duties

To undertake delegated duties from the line manager commensurate with this post, following discussion with the post holder.

Weekly Timetable

To personally provide up to 6clinics and core optometry clinics per week: predominantly Monday to Friday.


To participate in original research programs and clinical trials in collaboration with other medical and research staff.

Presentation of scientific material at local and national meetings which requires tact or persuasive skills or where there may be barriers to understanding.

External Commitments

To undertake delegated collaborative work with outside agencies as required.

Person Specification

Registered with the General Optical Council


  • Registered with the General Optical Council

Optometry undergraduate degree


  • Achieved BSc or MOptom / BOptom in Optometry

Experience of working in HES


  • Working is hospital Eye Service setting
  • Understanding and insight into the clinical role of an Optometrist in the Hospital Eye Service

Complex refraction


  • Experience of complex refraction in adults.

Paediatric refractions


  • Experience of paediatric refractions including very young children. Understanding of clinical management and appropriate prescribing in complex paediatric caseload.

Low vision experience


  • Working in a low vision clinic, and/or with visually impaired patients or Low vision qualification..

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust


Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

New Cross Hospital



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