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Specialist Orthoptist

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Kingston upon Thames,
£40,701 to £48,054 a year p.a. pro rata including HCAS Outer
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to the expansion of our service an exciting opportunity has arisen to join our friendly, supportive Orthoptic team on a permanent basis.

We support four paediatric consultants who also specialise in adult motility and neuro-ophthalmology and two paediatric Optometrists. The Royal Eye Unit is a large, modern Ophthalmology unit with 14 consultants and an Acute Referral Clinic. The case load of patients is varied and challenging.

Clinics are predominantly undertaken at Kingston Hospital, but we also provide a paediatric service at Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton (accessible by public transport). We are also a placement site for undergraduate and master Orthoptic students.

Some work outside of core working hours may be required on prior agreement. We encourage and support continued professional development, funding and time to attend study days is available.

Main duties of the job

  • To assess, diagnose and plan the management and supervise treatment of Orthoptic patients who are referred to the department as inpatients and outpatients.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner, guided by Orthoptic professional practice guidelines and rules of professional conduct.
  • To manage own workload as an autonomous practitioner, prioritising patients who are urgent or need to be seen in a timely manner.
  • To take a clear and concise medical and personal history from the patient which is often of a sensitive and confidential nature.

About us

Trust Culture and Values

The Trust has defined its culture as one that is patient centred which puts safety first and where all staff take responsibility, are valued and value each other. To support this, our five values are that we are all:-

Caring - we design and deliver care around each individual patient's needs and wants

Safe - we make the safety of patients and staff our prime concern (safety comes first)

Responsible - all staff take responsibility for the hospital, its services and reputation

Value each other - we all value each other's contribution

Inspiring -we always strive to empower each other to develop and deliver improvements to benefit our patients

Our training, policies, procedures, and practices are all intended to support behaviours in line with our values and all staff are expected to uphold these by 'Living Our Values Everyday'

Department Philosophy

Our purpose is to provide high quality care to all patients referred to us. We aim treat every patient with the highest standard of dignity and respect and strive to provide a service that is friendly, efficient and timely. The Orthoptists and Optometrists work as a team alongside our doctors and support each other wherever possible. As part of the larger REU team, we aim to shine as an area that does exceptionally well with quality of care and positive patient feedback.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • Degree in Orthoptics
  • Registration with the HCPC


  • Clincial teaching qualification
  • Member of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society



  • 1 year post graduated experience
  • Experience of working in single handed clinics
  • Experience of working in specialist ocular motility clinics, botulinum toxin procedures, paediatric clinics and neuro clinics


  • Clinical teaching experience
  • Previous experience of working with stroke patients
  • Experience of using Humphrey visual fields
  • Experience of prioritising/analysing referral letters
  • Experience in research and audit



  • Excellent time keeping skills and ability to prioritise workload
  • Excellent communication skills verbally and written
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and flexible working practices
  • To have good IT skills
  • Work efficiently under pressure for long periods in a busy environment with interruptions
  • Active involvement in teaching and audits
  • Available to work on or off site as requested by the trust during designated clinic times
  • Ability to work as a team and show initiative


  • Full driving licence and access to a car to reach off site clinics

Employer details

Employer name

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Galsworthy Road,

Kingston upon Thames,


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