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Dispensing Optician

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rota
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to announce recruitment for a Dispensing Optician to join our Optometry department within East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. This is a rare and specialist role which is available following the retirement of our current dispensing optician who has supported Ophthalmology for 27 years. We are aiming for a start date in Feb/March to allow a handover before their retirement in May.

The Optometry team consist of 14 optometrists, with budget of 10 full time equivalent.The team provides services at Eastbourne DGH, Conquest Hospital and Bexhill Hospital. Our department has a large involvement with ophthalmology clinics but with a strong background in specialist optometry roles. The team works alongside a department of consultant ophthalmologists, associate specialists, junior doctors, orthoptists, ophthalmic technicians, ophthalmology trained nurses and dispensing opticians. Our team provides a range of highly skilled specialised services such as low vision, medical contact lenses, complex adult and paediatric refraction. We also provide extended roles contributing to consultant led medical retina, glaucoma, cataract, corneal, eye casualty services, YAG laser and intravitreal injection roles.

Our optometry team has a strong focus on training and development and a passion for patient care. Our Trust instils strong Trust Values which we uphold in our daily work and one of our optometrists is also a Trust Ambassador.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic dispensing optician to single-handedly run the spectacle and optical aids dispensing service for the Optometry department within Ophthalmology Outpatients. We are looking for a candidate who is autonomous, innovative, meticulous, and highly specialised. They must have ABDO qualification and be registered with the GOC.

The role will be based at Bexhill Hospital but cross site work is expected for Eastbourne District General Hospital and Conquest Hospital. It is a full time role but job shares will be considered if there are part time candidates.

About us

A wide range of staff benefits are available to our staff including staff development, enrolment in the NHS pension scheme, auto-enrolment to our Temporary Workforce Service, access to nurseries at EDGH and Conquest, staff restaurants and on-site staff accommodation.

In addition to an internal Occupational Health department, all staff also have access to free psychological support through our confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available to staff 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Onsite parking is available from only �30 a year.

There has never been a better time to join East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, submit your application today.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached.

If you have any questions about this position please do not hesitate to contact us.

Person Specification



  • Good level of general education including English and Maths


  • Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (FBDO)



  • Post-registration experience as a Dispensing Optician


  • Experience of working in a leading role in providing dispensing services



  • Evidence of wide dispensing knowledge


  • Demonstrate awareness of audit and quality issues.

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Bexhill Hospital

Hollier's Hill


TN40 2DZ

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