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Specialist Orthoptist - Stroke

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Exciting opportunities are available for enthusiastic and self-motivated Specialist Orthoptists with excellent interpersonal skills, to join our friendly and innovative team based out of St Marys Hospital on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

On offer for the position is a salary of up to �50,056 per annum on agreement with recruiting manager and a relocation assistance package of up to �10,000, subject to Trust policy.

The Isle of Wight Orthoptic department is looking for an exceptional and experienced Specialist Orthoptist to join our team as we continue to develop into a variety of extended roles.

This position supports the orthoptic stroke services. Although the role will be focused on stroke, the individual will have the freedom and autonomy to tailor the role to suit their own professional interests.

Our department is working to become an accredited orthoptic placement site and we are looking applicants who are enthusiastic about education to become part of the clinical tutor team. As a small team, we fully support individual development plans and provide the protected time and finances to grow and advance.

Moving to the Island will be one of the best decisions you have made, we look forward to meeting you in the near future.

Main duties of the job

As an autonomous practitioner you will plan, implement and monitor individual orthoptic treatment plans/care pathways for patients of all ages using advanced clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice.

You will have an extended role in stroke and additional extended roles can be tailored to the your areas of special interest.

You will also provide specialist training and education to orthoptic undergraduate students, pre-reg optometrists, health care assistants and nurses.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trusts beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Person Specification

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Move freely to allow constant bending, kneeling, and lifting Dexterity and accuracy to perform slit-lamp skills examination, fundoscopy and gonioscopy Ability to instil eye drops Ability to operate the full range of orthoptic equipment within the service Ability to train others on the above orthoptic equipment Good therapeutic skills including empathy, active listening and understanding of therapeutic boundaries Problem solving Leadership Ability to prioritise clinical workload and respond calmly and logically to unpredictable clinical events Computer literate


  • Ability to gain the confidence of children, families, and adults Ability to adapt to changing needs of service Supportive of the development of other members of staff Excellent time management Enthusiastic and hard working Manually dextrous



  • Diploma or undergraduate degree in orthoptics Extensive clinical experience Evidence of continuing professional development Experience testing and analysing visual fields HCPC registration


  • Masters qualification or specialist postgraduate training in Stroke Leadership qualification Publications/presentations experience



  • Extensive clinical experience Evidence of continuing professional development Experience testing and analysing visual fields


  • Experience in service improvement Research experience Publications/presentations experience Experience working single-handedly Teaching qualification or experience

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust





PO30 5TG

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