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Specialist Optometrist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
ESNEFT are looking for enthusiastic and motivated Optometrists to join the Optometry service based at Colchester Hospital.

You will work within core optometry clinics and extended scope roles in the ophthalmology sub-speciality clinics. This presents an ideal opportunity to experienced community optometrists who wish to expand their knowledge base further, previous hospital experience is not essential.

You will be offered comprehensive training in hospital clinical work including refraction, specialist contact lens, LVA, special needs clinics, plus development of clinical experience in extended roles such as medical retina, vitreo-retinal, cataract, glaucoma and cornea.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is an autonomous practitioner who is required to deliver a broad range of core optometric and specialised extended role clinical services at the Primary Care Centre, Colchester, and peripheral hospitals.

You will manage the triage of community ophthalmic referrals.

You are required to contribute to the teaching, audit, research, clinical governance and administrative requirements of the optometry service.

About us

One of the largest Trust's in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata). Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

Find out about living and working with us -

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Qualifed optometrist
  • Post graduate qualification (Level 7) relevant to optometry
  • GOC registration as optometrist



  • Post qualification experience
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Be able to demonstrate professional experience dealing with people of all ages and with a range of vision problems


  • Previous experience in community minor eye conditions scheme (MECS).
  • Previous experience in ophthalmic sub-specialty clinics
  • Previous hospital eye service experience



  • Demonstrate commitment to acquire new skills and knowledge
  • Good inter-personal skills and ability to work as part of team
  • Ability to work independently and make clinical decisions


  • Ability to work under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester Eye Clinic

Turner Road



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