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Orthoptist Band 6

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
3 Band 6 Orthoptic job opportunities have arisen to join our team . Each post is for 37.5 hours a week.You will be joining a dynamic clinical team of 4 Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologists, 2 clinical fellows, 2 trainee doctors, 3 optometrists, 14 orthoptists and 3 nurses who all work closely together to deliver care to our children and young people. Our patient cohort encompasses large numbers of difficult conditions which are often seen in specialist clinics including retinoblastoma, paediatric cataract, uveitis, glaucoma, neuroophthalmology, cilliopathy and rare diabetes, retinal, craniofacial, contact lens, inherited metabolic diseases. As a result we have embraced the extended role of the Orthoptist to include IOP pressure measurement, fundus and digital photography, contact lens insertion and removal management and orthoptic led medical clinics. You will be expected to participate in general and orthoptic led specialist clinics, refraction and specialist pediatric contact lens clinics, and general and specialist ophthalmology clinics. You will be given an opportunity to gain experience in a lead clinical role ensuring protocols are evidenced based, reviewed regularly and kept up to date with current literature. Furthermore you will be involved in the departments training of pre-registration optometrists, medical students and other health professionals. CPD is actively promoted within the department and time is provided for administrative duties.

Main duties of the job

Please refer to job description and person specification:
  • To provide autonomous orthoptic management of all types of ocular motility defects in complex patients including direct implementation of treatment over a range of conditions in many patient types.
  • To use specialist skills to diagnose and treat a large variety of conditions as necessary using clinical reasoning and evidence based practice.
  • To act as lead in specified clinical areas
  • To provide teaching of Optometry and/ or Orthoptic undergraduate students and other health care professionals.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/ Degree in Orthoptics (BSc Hons/BMed Sci/DBO) or certified equivalent
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)


  • Working towards or holds a clinical teaching qualification
  • BIOS membership



  • Evidence of CPD as per HPC standards
  • Minimum of 1 year full time (or equivalent part time) postgraduate experience
  • Up to date knowledge of evidence based practice
  • Commitment to delivering high quality care, developing clinical practice and motivated to acquire new skills


  • Experience in OCT, fundus imaging, visual field testing and I-Care tonometer
  • Evidence of post registration study in specialist courses/ conferences
  • Transferable knowledge and skills at specialist orthoptic level e.g. craniofacial, neuroophthalmology
  • Contribution to patient experience and service improvement
  • Knowledge of health & social care legislation and national guidelines



  • To keep highly accurate contemporaneous patient records
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with a broad range paediatric patients with varying ages, ability and understanding
  • To maintain professional standards within a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to work as an autonomous practitioner and within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to formulate individualised management plans whilst taking into account the wider needs of specific patients
  • Accountable for own professional actions
  • Effective organisation, planning and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and be flexible in a busy environment
  • Ability to use own initiative, be self directing, motivated and reliable
  • Computer literate with IT skills in office programmes
  • Fine manual dexterity and good hand eye coordination to perform the required tests
  • Knowledge of Manual Handling techniques to maintain a safe working environment


  • Participation in reflective practice and/or teaching sessions
  • Experience of contributing to clinical audit and/or clinical governance
  • Contribution in either a lead or supportive clinical role e.g. patient experience, strabismus lead
  • Experience of ordering clinical stock and maintaining a detailed record
  • Knowledge of patient administrative systems e.g. Lorenzo, Winscribe

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


birmingham childrens hospital

steelhouse lane


B4 6NH

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