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Orthoptist Band 7

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

You will be joining a clinical team of 4 Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologists, 2 Clinical Fellows, 2 Junior Doctors, 3 Optometrists, 12 Orthoptists and 2 Nurses who all work closely together to deliver care to our children and young people. Our patient cohort encompasses large numbers of difficult conditions which are often seen in specialist clinics including retinoblastoma, paediatric cataract, uveitis, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, ciliopathy and rare diabetes, retinal, craniofacial, contact lens, inherited metabolic diseases. As a result we have embraced the extended role of the Orthoptist to include IOP pressure measurement, fundus and digital photography, contact lens insertion and removal management and orthoptic lead medical clinics. You will provide clinical services within a hospital and community outreach setting. You will also be part of a team of senior orthoptists who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Eye Department under the leadership of the Head Orthoptist. The team ensures all clinical activity runs smoothly and troubleshoots problems as they happen. You will be working within a senior team responsible for leading specialist clinics, outreach community clinics, orthoptic led clinics, student teaching, departmental teaching/training and paediatric contact lens clinics for the Department. CPD is actively promoted within the department and time is provided for administrative duties.

Main duties of the job

Please refer to Job Description and person Specification:

To provide autonomous orthoptic management of all types of ocular motility defects and be responsible for highly specialized and complex patients including direct implementation of treatment over a range of conditions in many patient types within a hospital and community outreach setting.

To use specialist skills to diagnose and treat all conditions as necessary using advanced clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice.

To support and advise junior staff within the department, providing mentorship as appropriate.

To provide day to day leadership, specialist support and development within the Eye Department.

To act as lead in specified specialist areas.

To provide teaching, supervision and assessment of students and other health care professionals.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • Degree / Diploma in Orthoptics Clinical teaching qualification
  • HCPC registration


  • Leadership / management qualification Mentoring qualification
  • BIOS membership



  • Minimum of 4 years full time (or equivalent part time) Postgraduate experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Teaching of orthoptic/optometry students



  • Ability to communicate with paediatric patient base and their carers
  • Ability to work individually and within a team
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office or similar
  • Working knowledge of patient information system eg Lorenzo

Personal Qualities


  • Good communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Good time keeping
  • Self -motivated and willingness to learn
  • Adaptable and flexible to cope with all aspects of work and changing circumstances
  • Ability to work with paediatric patient base
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Children's Hospital

Steelhouse Lane



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