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Specialist Optometrist - Cataract and Urgent Referral Service

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic Optometrists to join the Ophthalmology Unit at York Hospital in a newly created role designed to support the New Patient Cataract and Urgent Referral Services .

This is an exciting opportunity for successful candidates to further develop their specialist skills throughextended roles and to support services currently provided by Ophthalmologists.

The role involves the assessment of new patients attending the Cataract Service, prior to listing for surgery.

The role also involves assessment and management of new and follow up patients attending the Urgent referral clinics. These clinics provide an emergency service for acute conditions and therefore present a diverse and varied range of ophthalmological conditions.

The successful candidates will be required to work on Thursday's and Fridays and will join a multidisciplinary team consisting of Ophthalmologists, Optometrist's, Orthoptists, Nursing staff and Imaging staff . Training will be provided for the role but successful candidate's must have an Independent Prescriber Qualification.

Main duties of the job

URC Clinic
  • To work alongside Ophthalmologists in Consultant led Urgent Referral Clinics.
  • To undertake a specialist extended clinical role, in the assessment, diagnosis and management of patients attending URC. These clinics require the application of advanced knowledge in a range of Ocular pathologies and Ocular Therapeutics.
  • To initiate treatment and prescribe relevant medications.
  • To provide highly specialised advice contributing to the diagnosis, management, education of patients attending the Urgent Referral Clinics .

Cataract Clinics
  • To work alongside Ophthalmologists in a Consultant led Cataract Service.
  • To undertake a specialist extended clinical optometry role, in the diagnosis and management of patients with Cataracts. The duties will include detailed assessment of fundus and media, refractive state, biometry, and OCT if indicated. These clinics require the application of advanced knowledge of Cataracts, refraction and their management.
  • To provide highly specialised advice contributing to the diagnosis, management, education of patients attending the Cataract Service
  • Detailed discussion with patients with respect to planned refractive. outcomes in order to agree refractive outcomes of planned treatment
  • Undertaking informed consent to include benefits and risks attached to the proposed surgery.

The Post Holder must have a Non-Medical Prescriber Qualification to meet the needs of this post

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants.
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service).
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave.
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme.
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers.

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachments: job description and addendum.

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind we are open and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.


Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Registration


  • BSc Optometry
  • GOC registration
  • NMP (Non Medical Prescriber Qualification


  • Evidence of post graduate qualifications

Skills & Knowledge


  • Evidence of clinical skills required to undertake role
  • Evidence of theoretical knowledge in a range of clinical areas


  • Evidence of advanced skills and knowledge in clinical setting

Employer details

Employer name

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


York Hospital

Wigginton Road


YO31 8HE

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



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