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Specialist Orthoptist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 Per annum inc pro rata
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time
An exciting new post has become available due to maternity leave within the orthoptic team. We are friendly and supportive team looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Orthoptist to join us from March 2024 to November 2024. You will be based at Whipps Cross Hospital and have an interesting mix of paediatric and adult hospital and community clinics with training opportunites within extended roles.

The post-holder will work as part of the multi-disciplinary Orthoptic and Ophthalmology teams that provide comprehensive and quality Orthoptic services for the Trust.

The Orthoptic department is a highly specialised department that provides comprehensive, quality and specialised Orthoptic services to the Trust as part of a multi-disciplinary Ophthalmology Team.

You will participate in the educational activities run by and for the Orthoptic Departments. This includes the teaching of other health care professionals, medical undergraduates and junior doctors.

There are significant opportunities to develop within the role gaining experience in extended roles and a being involved in audit and research.

We are a support team and undertand the importance of staff well-being, flexibility and good team engagement to make a great experience for you joining our department and Trust.

For further information or to visit please contact Laura Grant (Head Orthoptist, WX) 020 8535 6710 email:

Main duties of the job

  • To provide an orthoptic service as an autonomous practitioner: both preventative and curative as directed by the standards of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)
  • To use advanced clinical expertise, reasoning and experience to assess, diagnose and manage patients referred to the Orthoptic service as part of a multi-disciplinary team to the highest standard
  • To actively contribute to the development of the hospital and community services
  • To actively teach and educate other healthcare professionals including under-graduate orthoptic students, pre-registration Optometrists, Health Visitors, School Nurses, General Practitioners (GP), junior doctors and medical students.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working as part of a team, uni-professional and multi-professional
  • Advice, training and support to junior staff, support staff and students
  • Developed knowledge of current best practice in Orthoptics in the relevant setting
  • Demonstrate understanding of clinical governance
  • Understanding legal responsibilities of the profession and the associated code of ethics
  • Knowledge of I.T. Systems


  • Post-registration experience including experience in specialist services, paeds, neuro, community, glaucoma & fields
  • Member of a relevant specific interest group
  • Audit and research experience
  • Knowledge of Cerner Millennium/equivalent system



  • Bachelor of Science in Orthoptics: BSc (Orth), BMedSci (Orth) and/or Diploma in British Orthoptics(DBO)
  • Member of Health Professional Council (HPC)


  • Member of the British & Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)



  • Specialist clinical skills in all areas of orthoptics.
  • Ability to analsye and prioritise complex medical information to help devise appropriate specialist care plans
  • Ability to present information both orally and written in a clear, logical manner
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy and professionalism through patient consultations and achieve sound clinical outcome, even when receiving/delivering complex or distressing information
  • Ability to pass on knowledge and deliver training
  • Autonomous working and use of initiative, guided by broad orthoptic guidelines
  • Time management skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to organize, plan and prioritise workload



  • Keen to invest in continued professional development
  • Team work and good people skills
  • Flexible and reliable approach
  • Caring and considerate attitude
  • Well motivated and enthusiastic
  • Confident
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Able to carry out moderate to intense effort throughout the working day and carry out concurrent activities with frequent interruptions
  • Demonstrate attention and accuracy to detail
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • Commitment to non-discriminatory practice
  • Professional approach in difficult or emotional situations
  • Documented evidence of CPD, in accordance with the HPC



  • Able to travel between hospital and community sites.
  • Sufficient to perform the duties of the post with any aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Whipps Cross Hospital


E11 1NR

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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