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Specialist Orthoptist

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Part Time

Job Details

Are you an experienced orthoptist with a special interest in complex paediatric orthoptics? Are you looking for a challenging new role in a hospital setting, with an exciting mix of clinical development and interesting workload? If so, we have a great opportunity for you here at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Orthoptist to provide a comprehensive, quality orthoptic service within the busy ophthalmology department of a tertiary referral centre.

This post is most suitable for Orthoptists with significant post-graduation experience, with evidence of specialist paediatric knowledge and skills.

Come and join our passionate and dedicated team of ophthalmic professionals, providing high standards of patient care. You will be given high quality training opportunities with close clinical supervision, and opportunities to share knowledge to others within the team.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be supported by the Head Orthoptist and 6 further (4.6 WTE) Orthoptists, along with 8 Consultant Ophthalmologists, optometrists, visual scientists and clinical nurse specialists.

As the role requires communication and liaison with patients with complex conditions, other clinical departments, both within the hospital and other trust, advanced communication and inter-personal skills are paramount.

All interested candidates are encouraged to contact Gurpreet Saini Head Orthoptist, on 0207 405 9200 ext. 7505 or

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

Gosh Culture and Values


  • Our Always values | Always welcoming | Always helpful | Always expert | Always one team
  • Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion challenges in the workplace

Academic/Professional Qualification/Training


  • Possession of Orthoptic Degree or Diploma
  • Evidence of on-going professional development
  • Registration with Health Care Pressions Council


  • Experience with teaching undergraduate orthoptic students



  • Experience in all aspects of clinical orthoptics
  • Clinical experience in specialist paediatric orthoptics to provide an expert opinion in assessing, diagnosing and managing highly complex paediatric orthoptic patients
  • Experience of visual field assessment
  • To demonstrate an interest in paediatric ophthalmology and be willing to keep up to date with current literature, including evidence of specialist training through CPD
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Clinical Governance


  • Experience in assessing patients with Craniofacial Complexity
  • Knowledge of the patient administration system (Epic)
  • To have a knowledge of research methodology and be willing to contribute to research within the department



  • To demonstrate exceptional verbal and written skills to facilitate good communication
  • To be able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team or independently as an autonomous practitioner
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle difficult situations calmly and effectively and to deal with patients tactfully, efficiently and with empathy
  • To be able to work under pressure in a busy environment
  • Computer literate (word processing, PowerPoint presentation, Excel, and Access databases)
  • To demonstrate the ability to develop good working relationships with hospital staff at all levels
  • To demonstrate an understanding and ability to maintain patient confidentiality
  • To demonstrate good presentation skills for formal and informal teaching, and for clinical audit

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital

40-41 Queen Square



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