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Optometrist - Huntingdon

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

To be responsible for supporting the hospital optometry service and, in conjunction with the medical staff, to deliver both independent and shared care for ophthalmic conditions.To be responsible for and personally deliver a range of core optometric services and specialised optometric care extended roles.

Main duties of the job

This job description is intended to be a fair and representative summary of the main duties and responsibilities of the role. As such it is not exhaustive. It will be subject to regular review between the post holder and manager and may be amended to reflect the needs of the service, in line with the reasonable requirements of the job profile/grade and KSF outlinefor the post, in consultation with the post holder.

The following provides scheduling details of the clinical activity and clinically related activitycomponents of the job plan which occur at regular times in the week.







AMD intra-vitreal clinic

Glaucoma clinic

Vascular intra-vitreal clinic

Glaucoma clinic


AMD intra-vitreal clinic

Vascular intra-vitreal clinic

Glaucoma clinic

This job plan is for illustration only and subject to change and negotiation. Various working patterns will be considered from two days (0.4 wte) to full time.

About us

We are committed to ensure a work-life balance to all our staff by offering full time and part time roles, flexible working hours on a shift pattern to fit around your family life.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and candidates form our local communities.

Benefits to you
  • 27 days annual leave for new starters, rising to 29 days after five years of service and 33 days after 10 years of service, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro-rata for part time staff)
  • NHS Pension Scheme:
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Increased hourly rates for unsociable hours e.g. night shifts, weekends, bank holidays
  • Career development and training
  • Wellbeing support and activities
  • In-house physiotherapy Service
  • On-site canteens with subsidised meals
  • Subsidised staff parking (currently free).
  • Free Stagecoach Bus Travel to and from work within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Job description

Job responsibilities

To undertake a range of optometry services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. These include but are not limited to supporting the intravitreal service with the medical retina team, conducting pre and post operative cataract assessments and aiding with Glaucoma management clinics. It is anticipated that some of these responsibilities could be carried out remotely to allow for working from home.

The job will require the ability to carry out clinical examination and understand clinical signs, as well as interpretation of OCT scans and other ophthalmic measurements to arrive at appropriate management decisions, and where suitable assessing a refraction to achieve best corrected visual acuity.

To take responsibility for clinical decision-making with support from consultants andto provide specialised diagnosis, management, care, and education of patients.

To provide clinical opinion (or obtain clinical opinion from ophthalmologists) to optometric and non-optometric colleagues on the management of cases within the ophthalmology department.To support the optometry service with the triaging of emergency and routine referrals.

To offer support to nursing staff and healthcare assistants in the ophthalmology department, actively contributing to their training, education, and continuing feedback.

To work to protocols set for each role. May be required to comment on / implement policies or propose policy changes to own areas of work.To ensure contemporaneous records are kept for all patients seen in clinic and letters of communication are sent to other healthcare professionals where appropriate.

To be able to use appropriate IT, including Open Eyes or equivalent electronic patient records for benchmarking, audit and clinical uses.

Responsibility, in conjunction with ophthalmology colleagues, for the systematic and critical analysis of the quality of work carried by optometrists in the shared care services, including initiation and participation in clinical audit.

To personally participate in continuing professional education and development (as required by the General Optical Council).

To contribute to the delivery of optometric teaching and supervision to other ophthalmic professionals.

To support and contribute to clinical research or assessment programs if required.

To present audit/research findings at relevant scientific meetings if required.

Contribute to publishing research/audit findings in peer-reviewed journals if required

To comply with the roles and responsibilities as defined in the Trusts Health & Safety.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for more information regarding the role.

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable


  • Bsc (Hons) Optometry & MCOptom or equivalent
  • Registration with the General Optical Council
  • Minimum 2 years post registration with GOC
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Cataract pre and post operative assessment
  • Broad understanding of the developing roles of the ophthalmic professions, within primary, secondary & tertiary care
  • Some knowledge and experience of governance issues, in particular clinical audit
  • General ophthalmic knowledge and understanding of ocular disease and management
  • Knowledge of vulnerable adult and child protection issues
  • Ability to independently undertake specialist extended clinical roles (working to agreed protocols)
  • Ability to independently assess and make clinical decisions
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex information in a range of situations e.g. clinical info to patients, audit presentations
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in respect of presentations and teaching etc
  • Slit lamp biomicroscopy of anterior and posterior eye with lenses
  • Contact tonometry
  • Interpretation of visual fields
  • Interpretation of other specialist diagnostic results such as OCT
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Awareness and respect for colleagues, patients and relatives cultural, religious and emotional needs and beliefs
  • Good previous attendance record
  • Professional appearance and behaviour


  • MSc or PhD in Optometry or equivalent post graduate experience
  • City & Guilds in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
  • Postgraduate Diplomas in Optometry
  • Hospital experience
  • Diabetic retinopathy screening
  • Other extended roles within optometry
  • Teaching
  • Team management
  • Development of protocols or competencies
  • Research
  • Understanding of NHS structure and commissioning of services
  • Gonioscopy & pachymetry

Employer details

Employer name

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust


Hinchingbrooke Hospital



PE29 6NT

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