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Senior Orthoptist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata (depending on experience)
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time

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1 x Band 6 Orthoptist- FULL TIME (37.5hrs)-Fixed Term until April 2025 with the possibility of permanent hours following this .

We are looking to recruit a BAND 6 Orthoptist at the Bristol Eye Hospital.

The successful applicant will join a highly motivated team of 14 Orthoptists and will gain invaluable experience in all aspects of Orthoptics. The post would be ideally suited to an Orthoptist with some post-graduation experience who is looking to expand their knowledge and skills at a large teaching hospital. We have a preceptorship and mentoring programme, protected CPD time and actively encourage audit and research to improve our service. This is a teaching and research hospital with strong links with the University of Bristol and a tertiary referral centre for the South West in many Ophthalmic sub specialities.

The post holder will be based at the Eye Hospital but will also travel to community sites and assessment centres in and around Bristol and to Weston General Hospital. The workload at the Eye Hospital will include specialist paediatric and paediatric neuro ophthalmology clinics, motility and adnexal clinics, adult neuro ophthalmology, stroke and brain injury assessments and on site adjustable suture assessments. The department actively supports extended roles in the skull base neuro-ophthalmology .

Main duties of the job

We have an SEN speciality service with close links to the Vision Support Service and the Community Paediatricians. We are a recognised Orthoptic student placement centre and host Orthoptic students for 6 months of each year, you would ideally have had some initial teaching experience with medical or optometry staff and be interested in developing your teaching skills or have a teaching qualification.
  • To be an autonomous practitioner undertaking the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients referred to the Orthoptic Department at Bristol Eye Hospital and Weston General Hospital. These include a wide range of complex cases from general and speciality clinics e.g. paediatric, motility, neurology, adnexal and Accident and Emergency that are referred locally and from other centres in the South West of England.
  • To supervise and or teach Orhoptic students
  • Clinical Audit
  • A degree or Diploma in Orthoptics and registration with the HCPC are essential and past experience is desirable.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and Person Specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • BSc Orthoptics or Equivalent
  • Registration with HPC


  • Teaching qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Relevant Orthoptic experience in acute and community setting
  • To have had responsibility for diagnosis and management of adults and children of all ages


  • To have taken an active part in audit and research
  • Competence in the use of a variety of visual field analysers and to interpret the result
  • To have been involved in the clinical training of Orthoptic undergraduates and other medical, optometry and nursing staff or students

Skills and Abilities


  • To have a broad and detailed knowledge of visual and ocular motility defects
  • Proven and relevant CPD
  • Excellent observational, analytical and reflective skills in order to interpret findings and recommend treatment or further investigation
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. These should be verbal and written
  • Ability to communicate information that may be sensitive or hard to accept or understand in a sympathetic and empathetic manner
  • To have an awareness of the impact that the information given may have a profound impact on patients and their families and have the ability to provide necessary support



  • Excellent team worker
  • Works well under pressure
  • Very good communication skills
  • Works well under pressure
  • Empathetic manner

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Eye Hospital

Lower Maudlin Street



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