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Advanced Orthoptist

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Part time - 22 hours per week

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, reliable and motivated Orthoptist to join our team of 4 Orthoptists and 5 Optometrists within a busy Ophthalmology department. Duties include paediatric and adult orthoptic clinics as well as an emphasis on developing specialist services such as those for patients who have had a stroke. Close working with the extended team of Consultants, Specialty and Junior Doctors, Nurses, Ophthalmic Technicians and Administrative staff will be integral to the role.

The successful candidate should have significant post graduate clinical experience. This should be across a broad range of clinical experience with infants, children, adult and older adult patients. They should also be comfortable with dealing with acute presentations of ocular motility issues and meaningful assessment of patients with communication or physical limitations.

We are an accredited placement for orthoptic students and we also have an orthoptic led school screening service.

As a trust we support CPD and will fund training to a masters level if this promotes improvements in our service.

Main duties of the job

  • As an autonomous practitioner, will be legally, professionally and solely responsible for comprehensive investigative, diagnostic and therapeutic Orthoptic procedures. This requires accuracy, acute observations and dexterity whilst working within established protocols.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of techniques and technology and to maintain required levels professional clinical practise, competencies and skills. To maintain own standards of professional conduct and performance in line with HCPC, BIOS and Trust policies, competencies and guidelines
  • To be aware of and implement Trust and departmental policies and procedures, and participate in the development of departmental policies. To assess, and participate in, modifying dept guidelinesprotocols as necessary

About us

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are.

Service: We will put our patients first

Teamwork: We will work together

Ambition: We will aspire to provide the best service

Respect: We will act with integrity

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To understand and maintain quality assurance standards, clinical governance and clinical risk for the Orthoptic service and Trust
  • To be aware of the assessment and care of stroke patients regarding any visual impairment, including neurological visual field examinations. Will be called upon to assist the stroke lead in theassessment of these patients, in preparation for becoming the lead for stroke within the next 12 months.
  • To lead on safeguarding issues/child protection for the Orthoptic service
  • Willing to work single handed at outside/satellite clinics, when necessary, based in Marlborough and Fairford.

Please see the attached job description for full information.

Person Specification



  • Degree BSc (or equivalent diploma) in Orthoptics with evidence of significant post graduate training to masters level or working towards
  • HCPC registration
  • Membership of BIOS
  • Evidence of appropriate on-going professional development/CPD


  • Teaching certificate C& G 730 and/or BIOS clinical teaching mocule



  • Managing work autonomously and within a team
  • Significant post graduate clinical experience to masters level in paediatrics and adults including a specialism
  • Collaborative working within a team
  • Teaching clinical Orthoptics


  • Evidence of Orthoptic clinical/audit research
  • Evidence of involvement in a range of Orthoptic audit and research projects
  • Broad range of experience in specialist Orthoptic areas including stroke and paediatrics



  • Highly developed ability to communicate with all ages, ethnicity and abilities in explaining complex diagnosis and treatment to gain optimum cooperation and results
  • To be able to communicate sensitive and complex information, sometimes in emotional/distressing circumstances
  • Poven knowledge of the investigation, diagnosis and management of a broad range of specialist and complex Orthoptic patients
  • Knowledge of research methodology, audit and statistical analysis


  • Ophthalmic clinical skills ie slit lamp and retinoscopy use
  • Adjustable suture procedure experience

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Great Western Hospital

Marlborough Road



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