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Senior Optometrist

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an existing opportunity for an experienced optometrist to join our progressive Optometry Team at UHCW!

Primarily we are looking for someone who has some experience in core Hospital Optometry services (i.e. Adult and Paediatric Refractions, Medical Contact Lenses and Low Vision Rehabilitation) but also has a background in undertaking extended roles such as pre/post-operative cataract management.

As part of the role the successful applicant will be expected to support our educational programme for pre-registration optometrist, training ophthalmologist, nurses and other professions within the organisation.

Following on from changes in service provision the successful applicants will also be expected to support Saturday morning Eye Casualty Triage service.

Main duties of the job

We welcome applications for a Band 7 Senior Optometrist to join our Optometry Team at UHCW NHS Trust. The post is for 3 days (22.5 hours) a week, Monday to Friday and occasional Saturday mornings.

To work closely with the Principal Optometrist in order to deliver a comprehensive range of optometric services to the highest standards of quality and care across the two sites (UHCW, Rugby St Cross ).

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

To provide teaching and training at post graduate level for multiple disciplines within ophthalmology.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work as an autonomous independent practitioner managing patient caseloads presenting in the relevant sub-speciality clinics involved in advanced optometric extended roles which result in decisions being made on treatment (i.e., prescribing of eye related medication, listing for cataract surgery), discharge or subsequent referral to sub specialty Consultant These include Pre- and Post-operative cataract management, Stable/Acute Glaucoma service, Eye Casualty/Triage, Corneal and Medical Retina clinics.
  • To work as an autonomous independent practitioner managing patient caseloads presenting in Core optometric services. This includes refraction (routine, diagnostic and paediatric) theatre refractions, specialist medical contact lens management (keratoconus, post-graft, high myopia/hyperopia, cosmetic, diagnostic), visual impairment rehabilitation, in-house spectacle
  • To work closely with the Principal and Lead Optometrists, to deliver a comprehensive range of Core Optometric services and advanced extended role clinics, to the highest standard of quality and
  • Promote best practice throughout Optometry and provide expert advice to Optometrist, Medical staff and Allied Health Professionals in the management of complex
  • Responsibility for overseeing training for and to personally undertake specialist clinical activity requiring extensive knowledge, experience and expertise. For example, foreign body removal from the
  • Responsible for applying advanced specialised clinical techniques including corneal pachymetry, ocular B-scan and corneal topography to provide specialised clinical interpretation for the
  • To participate in the audit frameworks within the department and cooperate fully in any audit of clinical work and competency assessments undertaken by the leads and To assist in implementing any change identified.

For further details please see the attached job descrption.

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Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


University Hospital Coventry

Clifford Bridge Road



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