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Specialist Orthoptist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust are recruiting an Orthoptist to join our friendly and dynamic team who deliver orthoptic services in and around Colchester and Ipswich.

This role is predominantly based at Colchester hospital and outreach clinics within north Essex, though with cross site working in Ipswich as required . The post holder will be supported by the team to deliver high quality orthoptic services and will include a varied orthoptic caseload.

The department delivers adult and paediatric services, in-patient and out-patient stroke services, specialist SEN clinics in special schools and is an accredited department for student placements.

As an AHP at ESNEFT you will join a network of supportive and forward thinking AHPs across the trust who will support you in your role and who champion the work and development of the AHP community.

The department is committed to providing opportunities for continuous professional development and is active in audit and research.

This role is Band 6 and so is most suited to an orthoptist with post qualification experience. However, we also welcome applications from newly qualified staff who would commence in post at Band 5 with the potential to progress to Band 6 following successful completion of preceptorship.

Main duties of the job

  • To participate in the provision of the Orthoptic service and allied ophthalmic and optometric services in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), at the acute base and various outreach clinics including special educational needs schools.
  • To assess, diagnose and manage a full range of orthoptic patients on a daily basis.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Degree / Diploma in Orthoptics
  • State Registration with HCPC


  • Full clean driving licence and access to own car
  • BIOS Clinical Tutors course
  • BIOS membership



  • Post qualification experience of working single-handed and as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Successful completion of post graduate preceptorship
  • Experience of managing a complex and varied caseload including patients of all ages and abilities


  • Experience of clinical teaching to a range of professionals
  • Ability to carry out complex visual field testing including Goldmans
  • Experience of assessing in-patient stroke patients



  • Maintain up to date knowledge of developments in orthoptics and deliver evidence based care
  • Computer skills and database knowledge
  • Working knowledge of all aspects of clinical governance


  • Experience of using the hospital patient administration systems
  • Previous participation in audit / research

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester Hospital



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