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North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Orthoptist Band 6 Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

The Orthoptic department provides a range of Orthoptic services (and extended roles) for patients of North Cumbria.

We are looking for an Orthoptist to join the team, working alongside fellow Orthoptists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic Consultants and Ophthalmology nursing teams.

The post is based at Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle although travel to other Ophthalmology departments within the service is required.

Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, North Cumbria houses the Lake District, one of the country's most outstanding places of natural beauty and the region is an attractive, largely rural area with access to good road, rail and air communications. Housing is relatively inexpensive and there are excellent state and private education establishments.

All staff are expected to work to the Trust Values:

Kindness - Kindness and compassion cost nothing, yet accomplish a great deal.

Respect - We are respective to everyone and are open, honest and fair- respect behaviours.

Ambition - We set goals to achieve the best for our patients, teams,organisations and our partners.

Collaboration - We are stronger and better working together with andfor our patients.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide Orthoptic services as an autonomous practitioner. To assess, diagnose and manage patients referred to the orthoptic department
  • Determine the clinical diagnosis and develop treatment plans, discharge plans and make appropriate onward referrals to Ophthalmology or other health professionals
  • This post will also involve Low Vision clinical work. Training will be provided
  • The post covers Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, Workington Community Hospital and peripheral clinics.
  • Liaise with other professionals and colleagues as appropriate.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • oDiploma/Degree in Orthoptics.
  • oHCPC registration
  • oPost-graduate experience


  • oEssential IT skills
  • oExperience in extended roles.



  • oRange of Orthoptic practice within paediatric and adult services.


  • oExperience of supervising mentoring junior staff.



  • oContinuing professional development with portfolio.
  • oEquality legislation and best practice. (bands 5 & above)


  • oEquality impact assessment. (for all involved in policy/service development)

Skills and Aptitudes


  • oGood communication skills.
  • oIndependent working
  • oEnthusiasm
  • oEmpathy


  • oExperience in one or more of the following areas of work: neuro- ophthalmology, special educational needs, specific learning difficulties, low vision, visual field assessment, glaucoma, AMD, cataract, retinal imaging

Other requirements


  • oAbility to travel independently across North Cumbria to meet the needs of the service.


  • oDriving licence.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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