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Bank Senior Optometrist

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year As per trust rates
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Part Time
We are seeking an Optometrist with a special interest in paediatrics. This is a bank post to cover for planned annual leave. Shifts will also be offered to cover sick leave at short notice. The role is to provide optometry services as an autonomous practitioner within Sherwood Forest Hospitals. To assess diagnose and manage the treatment of paediatric patients referred to the Optometry service. This is an exciting opportunity to gain paediatric experience in a hospital setting. Full training will be provided.

Main duties of the job

Working alongside experienced orthoptists responsibility for assessment, diagnosis and management of patients referred to the orthoptic/optometry clinic. Assessing young children, babies and patients with learning and physical disabilities. Working single handedly as sole optometrist.

About us

Thank you for your interest in this role.

Sherwood is nationally recognised as being an excellent place to work and deliver care. We are rightly proud of the 5,500 colleagues who work here, and we are the Health Service Journal's Trust of the Year in 2020.

The Care Quality Commission rated King's Mill Hospital Outstanding and Newark, and Mansfield Community Hospitals Good. Overall, we are rated Outstanding for care.

For the last three years, we have been ranked as the best NHS Trust to work for in the Midlands and in 2020 we were the third best Acute/Community NHS Trust in England.

Happy colleagues deliver better care. Our teams work in a supportive, inclusive environment, which nurtures wellbeing and has opportunities for development and progression. We do not just care for our patients we also care for you.

Our culture of learning, compassion and taking a person-centred approach are at the roots of our organisation. We would love you to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To take sole responsibility for the assessment, diagnosis and management of patients referred to the Orthoptic/Optometry Clinic from outside agencies, such as G.P.s and school nurses, and also referrals from various departments, including paediatrics, accident and emergency, maxillo-facial and the child assessment centre.

This patient group comprises all cases of ocular motor defects, amblyopia (reduced vision with no pathological cause), complex congenital and acquired defects including neurological abnormalities, genetic disorders and associated ocular abnormalities.

To formulate individualised management and treatment programmes using clinical reasoning, evidence based practise and a wide range of treatment skills.

Communicating effectively with patients and parents and carers those plans and to gain informed consent to those treatment plans.

To assess young children, babies, patients with learning difficulties and physical disabilities requiring considerable skill, experience and patience.

Skills of persuasion and motivation are essential to ensure assessment and treatment is carried out. Speed, accuracy and manual dexterity are essential.

To see the full detailed job description and main responsibilities of the job please refer the job description attached.

Person Specification

Further Training


  • Continuing Professional Development

Qualifications Academic/ Craft/ Professional


  • Batchelor of Science in Optometry or equivalent qualification.
  • Registration with the General Optical Council



  • Experience working as an optometrist


  • Experience of working with children

Contractual Requirements


  • Provide optometry service for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust

Knowledge Requirements


  • Optometry, Optics, orthoptics, Ophthalmology


  • Computer/key board skills

Employer details

Employer name

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


King's Mill Hospital

Mansfield Road



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