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Highly Specialist Orthoptist

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are recruiting for a Highly Specialist Orthoptist who shares our vision to be trusted to provide consistently outstanding care and exemplary service to our patients.

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and experienced orthoptists to take on the role of Highly Specialist Orthoptist at East and North Herts NHS Trust

The Ophthalmology service is currently provided by 7 consultant ophthalmologists, specialising in the areas of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Medical retina, Glaucoma, Oculoplastic and Vitreoretinal surgery.

The consultants are supported by a comprehensive team of associate specialists, including junior training posts which are part of the Cambridge deanery.

The Allied Health Team is comprised of six orthoptists, seven optometrists and a team ophthalmic imaging specialist.

The Trust is actively supporting the development of extended role working for Allied Health Professionals in line with the Royal College of Ophthalmology's Common Core Clinical Competencies Framework the successful candidate would be instrumental in aiding the development of these roles within the orthoptic service.

Our Values are Include, Respect and Improve. It is important that you understand and refer to our values during your recruitment process and beyond!

Main duties of the job

To deputise for the Head Orthoptist when necessary.

To assist in the local delivery of the orthoptic service across East and North Herts Trust ensuring the service is delivered efficiently and effectively.

To provide comprehensive orthoptic services as an autonomous practitioner and to prioritise own clinical caseload.

To assess, diagnose and manage patients referred to the Ophthalmology Department and to liaise with appropriate professionals.

To be responsible for the planning, implementing and reviewing of treatments for a mixed caseload, using advanced clinical knowledge and evidence-based practice.

The post will be based at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, but the successful candidate may also be required to provide outpatient clinics at the New QE2 Hospital in Welwyn Garden City and Hertford County Hospital in Hertford and also at our community health centres within the county.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general & specialist services we provide & our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible & innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:
  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation our staff & patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

We understand that finding and starting a new job is an important life decision. If you need reasonable adjustments for a disability, or a life event, such as menopause - so that we can consider your application fairly & to get the best out of you during the selection process, please let us know.

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. Employees are entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns & we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made & considered formally, & will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Person Specification



  • Orthoptic qualification recognised for State Registration (Diploma or Degree)
  • State registration with the HCPC
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Recognised clinical teaching qualification



  • Able to demonstrate extensive post qualification experience
  • Experience of assessment of patients with special educational needs
  • Clinical audit experience
  • Post graduate experience at a senior level (Specialist Orthoptist)


  • Experience of clinical supervision of students
  • Previous experience of line management or mentorship
  • Experience in working singlehanded
  • Experience of staff appraisal and performance management



  • Evidence of extensive orthoptic knowledge
  • Ability to assess patients and develop a comprehensive care plan
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills ability to communicate with a wide range of staff, patients and the public.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills ability to communicate with a wide range of staff, patients and the public.
  • Well developed skills in working with children
  • Team working skills and being able to work independently.


  • Awareness of own strengths and weaknesses.
  • IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

East and North Herts NHS Trust


East and North Herts NHS Trust

Corey's Mill Lane



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