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Advanced Specialist Orthoptist

Employer
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Middlesbrough
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Profession
Other allied health
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
THE JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL includes travel to satellite sites

Advanced Specialist Orthoptist x 3

Grade: Agenda for Change Band 7

Salary Band 7 - �43,742-�50,056

Contract: Permanent

Hours per week: 37.5 hours

Summary

We are expanding and now is the time to come and join our team. Are you motivated & driven to deliver sustainable change and excellence in clinical care then we want to hear from you.

We are looking to appoint 3 x full-time Advanced Specialist Orthoptists to come and join South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust working across the following sub-specialty areas (Stroke, Neuro-ophthalmology, and Paediatrics).

The posts will be based at The James Cook University Hospital with single-handed sessions undertaken each week across various sites which may include Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, Low Grange Middlesbrough & North Tees and Hartlepool.

Applicants should possess a Master's degree or equivalent postgraduate experience, a Diploma/degree in Orthoptics is essential alongside a professional qualification in Orthoptics recognised by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and full registration with HCPC.

The successful candidate would be appointed under NHS agenda for change terms and conditions.

Please note that this vacancy will close when we receive sufficient completed applications.

Main duties of the job

As an autonomous practitioner, the post holder will provide high-quality, advanced specialised orthoptic assessment, diagnosis, and treatment as part of a busy multidisciplinary ophthalmology team across South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will work both as an autonomous practitioner as well as part of the ophthalmology team including orthoptists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, ophthalmic technicians, and nurses, providing orthoptic practice to both paediatric and adult patients, including those with complex conditions.

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients referred to the Orthoptic department for patients of all ages using advanced clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice.

The post holder will be competent in the use of specialised examination techniques and equipment to provide a high-quality service.

As an Advanced Specialist Orthoptist, the post holder will be the primary lead in one of the following sub-specialty areas Paediatrics, Stroke, and Neuro-ophthalmology. The post holder may be required to flex and support other subspeciality specialist roles as and when required to meet the needs of the service.

The post holder may be required to support the Glaucoma Advanced Care Practitioner as and when required to meet the needs of the service.

About us

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become one of the first acute hospital trusts in England since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to achieve a rating increase to 'good' from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the care it delivers to patients and service users.

Recently rated as one of the best in the country for patient safety and one of the top 40 hospitals by CHKS for the tenth year running, the Trust is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in England. Working in the Northeast offers an excellent quality of life. This area boasts great transport links with easy access to a beautiful coastline/countryside and a great range of local amenities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description and person specification document(s) for main responsibilities of the role.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers leadership and improvement training to all new staff to the Trust this training programme has been designed to support our leaders in developing their understanding of leadership and management skills. You will be expected to attend the leadership development programme, and the Quality Improvement Programme that the Trust delivers. This programme aims to:
  • Explore leadership within the NHS
  • Promote Trust Values and Behaviours
  • Develop your Leadership effectiveness and skills
  • Practitioner level in quality improvement, equipping you with the skills to champion, lead and complete quality improvement within your role

After you complete this four and a half days of training you will be able to explore further leadership and improvement training opportunities, we offer further in-house courses dependent upon your role and bitesize programmes and leadership apprenticeships at level 3,5 and 7.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Skills

Essential

  • Up to date knowledge of current practice and techniques
  • Ability to deliver a high quality excellent level of clinical practice based on the best available evidence.
  • Ability to make clinical decisions autonomously to best meet patient needs, available evidence and service needs.
  • Evidence of Continuing professional development.
  • Expertise within a specialism including theoretical knowledge
  • IT Skills - Use of Microsoft office i.e. access, excel, outlook, PowerPoint & word.


Desirable

  • Ability to design & follow policies and procedures as set by department.
  • Knowledge of running a service, Management experience, human resources skills.


Qualifications & Training

Essential

  • Diploma/degree in Orthoptics
  • Masters degree or equivalent post graduate experience
  • Professional qualification in Orthoptics recognised by the Health Care Professions Council
  • Registration with HCPC


Desirable

  • Post graduate teaching qualification in adult qualification
  • Leadership & Management qualification (or working towards)
  • Orthoptic Clinical tutor course (or working towards)
  • Attendance at the leadership and development and improvement programme (4.5 days)
  • British and Irish Orthoptics Society Membership
  • Evidence of on-going commitment to CPD following BIOS/HCPC guidelines


Experience

Essential

  • Significant post-graduate orthoptic clinical experience due to the nature of the role.
  • Experience of clinical teaching, demonstrating, supervision of orthoptics students on placement, newly qualified orthoptists, and returners to work.
  • Up to date knowledge of current practice and techniques.
  • Continuing professional development.
  • Expertise within a specialism and posess high-quality theoretical understanding of orthoptics and high-quality application of this knowledge into practice and an awareness of one's own theoretical/practical skill limitations and when to seek and take advice.
  • The ability to work calmy under pressure in a busy clinical environment whilst always maintaining high quality orthoptic practice.


Desirable

  • Previous management support
  • Human resources skills
  • Ability to design & follow policies and procedures as set by department.


Perosnal Attributes

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills - both written, verbal, and non-verbal and the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of patients including those with learning/communication difficulties, anxiety, or sensitive distressing situations.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with varied multidisciplinary team professionals.
  • Ability to gain cooperation in a wide range of age groups and varied levels of comprehension.
  • An ability to empathise and encourage in the long-term management of a patient.
  • Ability to maintain clear and accurate patient records, written and electronic.
  • Being able to make judgments relating to diagnosis.
  • Organises own workload and appointments.
  • Able to carry out straightforward tasks.
  • Observe Patient confidentiality, teamwork, self-motivated, mature and clinically experienced.
  • Ability to manage satellite services & work single-handed
  • Ability to work within the requirements of the Code of practice and Professional Standards of the British and Irish Orthoptics Society Reliable and self-motivated approach to work and self-motivated approach to CPD
  • Evidence of good working relationships with hospital staff at all levels and deal with any challenges effectively.
  • Demonstrates a good awareness of own role and responsibilities within a team


Desirable

  • Computing skills for audit research, standard keyboard skills.
  • Ability to use Microsoft programs i.e. access, excel, outlook, PowerPoint & word
  • Able to use own judgements to aid in the development of the service.
  • Ability to motivate staff and aid in the running of the service.
  • Ability to make decisions that will not cause any adverse situations later.


Employer details

Employer name

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

The James Cook University Hospital

Marton Road

Middlesbrough

TS4 3BW

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328-HNO-6048506

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