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Band 6 Specialist Orthoptist

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time

Job Details

We currently have two Band 6 Orthoptist posts being advertised. This particular post is a fixed Term 12 month post to cover secondment for an existing Team member.

Orthoptists are an integral to the department as we move forward in advancing the role of Orthoptists. This is a Band 6 post, however, we will consider Band 5/6 based on experience. Newly qualified orthoptist applications will be considered with appropriate mentorship provided if selected.

We have 3 ambitious and enthusiastic Paediatric & Strabismus consultants and who are leading the way in Ophthalmology. They are hugely supportive of the Orthoptic team which is allowing us to strive to achieve more as a Team.

In the wider Ophthalmology Team, we have many other sub speciality Ophthalmology Consultants who work closely with Orthoptists in specialist clinics and extended roles. There will be opportunities for training in this.

Royal Free London Ophthalmology have 5 main Hospital sites. This post will be based at Barnet Hospital, Edgware Hospital & Chase Farm Hospital.

Main duties of the job

You will have opportunity to gain valuable experience in a well-supported environment, working with cases in the following: Paediatric strabismus, Neuro ophthalmology and Adult oculomotility.

You will also be working as part of a specialist multidisciplinary team and will be involved in the relevant MDT meetings.

You will be encouraged to participate in clinical governance and audit activities within the team. Applicants must have previous experience in Orthoptics, and have excellent communication and prioritisation skills and a commitment to continuing professional development.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A& E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & Qualifications


  • To possess an Orthoptic degree or diploma.
  • State registered with HCPC

Skills and aptitudes


  • To have specialist training through CPD
  • To be able to show good working relationships at all levels and to work as part of a multidisciplinary team or independently.
  • To be able to work under pressure in a busy environment.
  • To be able to consistently communicate effectively with patients and staff at all levels in a professional and respectful manner
  • The ability to handle difficult situations calmly and effectively to deal with patients, tactfully, efficiently and with empathy.


  • To have at least 2 years' experience or equivalent in all aspects of clinical Orthoptics involving specialist services.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and clinical skills relevant to a shared care services.
  • To have good presentation skills for formal and informal teaching of undergraduate and post graduates, and audit.
  • To have knowledge of research methodology and willing to contribute to research within the department

Work Experience


  • Post graduation experience in all aspects of clinical Orthoptics involving specialist services.
  • Experience of teaching student Orthoptists /doctors /pre-registration optometrists /nurses etc
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Demonstrate knowledge and clinical skills relevant to Orthoptics in extended roles.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Barnet Hospital

WellHouse Lane



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