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Head of Service - Orthoptics

Employer
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Kemptown, Brighton
Salary
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 8B
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

The role has responsibility for the delivery, management and development of Orthoptic and Contact Lens services across UHSussex East. As the Head of Service for Orthoptics, the post holder will be responsible for the management and development of all staff delivering Orthoptic services, to include extended roles, and Contact Lens services to the Trust.

The post holder is expected to provide an expert level of clinical Orthoptic services to all patients.

The post holder will be the lead Orthoptist for UHSussex East responsible for the delivery, development, evaluation and co-ordination of clinical Orthoptic services in line with the objectives of the division and UHSussex ophthalmology objectives.

The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of Orthoptic patient management to optimise patient's care and will be the lead clinical orthoptic practitioner for all Orthoptic aspects including budget reporting, safety quality issues, audit, teaching and research & development activities for the Trust East.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead the Orthoptic service based at UHSussex University Hospitals Trust East Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
  • To manage the Contact Lens service based in the Sussex Eye Hospital
  • To be a point of contact for expert Orthoptic knowledge from both internal and external sources.
  • To be responsible for the development and evaluation of new and existing Orthoptic services
  • To act as a role model to the team demonstrating exemplary professional behaviour
  • To promote Team work


About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better neverstops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives:We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put ourPatient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourwellbeing programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us:As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • To lead the Orthoptic service based at UHSussex University Hospitals Trust East Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
  • To manage the Contact Lens service based in the Sussex Eye Hospital
  • To be a point of contact for expert Orthoptic knowledge from both internal and external sources.
  • To be responsible for the development and evaluation of new and existing Orthoptic services
  • To act as a role model to the team demonstrating exemplary professional behaviour
  • To promote Team work

Communication
  • To have proven excellent communication skills to represent the Orthoptic service
  • To establish and maintain effective operational links with all relevant internal and external services and partners.
  • To be the lead point of contact for all enquiries regarding the Orthoptic and Contact Lens services
  • Promotes a culture of Patient First echoing the ideals of:
  • Compassion and Communication
  • Teamwork and Respect
  • Professionalism and Inclusion
  • To teach other healthcare providers
  • To participate in the provision of clinical education for Orthoptic undergraduates by acting as an on-site clinical tutor.

Service Delivery and Improvement.
  • To manage, provide, co-ordinate and evaluate clinical Orthoptic services
  • To practise as an autonomous Orthoptic practitioner in in-patient and out-patient settings in line with Trust policy and the needs of the ophthalmology service.
  • To lead on the evaluation and development of the service provided within the Orthoptic and Ophthalmology specialties.
  • To provide highly specialist clinical Orthoptic expertise to senior clinical staff of the multi-disciplinary team within the Trust.
  • To manage and co-ordinate clinical Orthoptic input to all aspects of clinical governance within the surgical division.
  • To take the lead in the provision of clinical Orthoptic expertise for the identification and management of risk issues within the division of surgery.
  • To act as a resource for the division in investigation of clinical incidents and complaints regarding Orthoptic and Contact Lens practice.
  • To maintain contact with appropriate specialists and groups both nationally and locally to ensure best practice is identified and incorporated into UHSussex practice.
  • To lead the development and evaluation of new and existing clinical Orthoptic services in UHSussex East.

People Management and Development
  • To directly manage the Orthoptic team and Contact Lens team across UHSussex East, including the organisation of day to day activities, recruitment, individual performance review and objective setting, dealing with management issues and development of the individual members of this team.
  • To provide professional support to the orthoptic staff and supervise the daily provision of Orthoptic services together with extended roles .
  • To co-ordinate and participate in the provision of education for Orthoptic staff and members of the multidisciplinary team

Patient Care Delivery
  • To be the professional lead in the provision of Orthoptic service on both sites, providing added support and clinical expertise for other Orthoptists, Ophthalmologists and related staff.
  • To ensure that the clinical team delivers high quality care and safe practice at all times.

Please see attached Job Description for full details.

Person Specification

Meetsessential criteria

Essential

  • HCPC
  • Diploma in Orthoptics / BSc Orthoptics
  • Post registration experience and Skills to masters level or experiential equivalent


Desirable

  • Post graduate Orthoptic qualification


Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)

Address

Sussex Eye Hospital

Eastern Road

Kemptown, Brighton

BN2 5BF

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279-6205987-APR24

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