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Highly Specialist Optometrist

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Part Time
We are recruiting for a Highly Specialist Optometrist who shares our vision to be trusted to provide consistently outstanding care and exemplary service to our patients.

To work closely with the line manager to deliver a comprehensive range of core optometric services to the highest standards of quality and care.

Participation in the delivery of certain highly complex specialist optometric services that meet the changing needs of the Trust and other outside agencies.

Candidates must have a BSc in Optometry, GOC registration and be able to demonstrate post registration experience. Experience and a specialist interest in either paediatric ophthalmology, glaucoma and/or medical retina would be advantageous.

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

You will cover general optometry practice and the opportunity for extended role in the Ophthalmology Service providing clinics in the Paediatric Ophthalmology and Urgent Eye Clinics.

To undertake administrative duties as agreed with the line manager.

To undertake clinical audit as agreed with the line manager.

To provide teaching and training at post graduate level for multiple disciplines within ophthalmology both internally and externally.

Ideally the post would be covered by a single candidate but applicants with an interest in a specific specialist area would also be considered. Further training and development in specialist services will be provided.

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

Qualifications / Training


  • Optometry qualification recognised for State Registration
  • State registration with the GOC


  • Further specialist qualification for example Certificate in medical retina, glaucoma, emergency eye care and/or contact lens practice

Previous Experience


  • Proven post qualification experience, Experience of assessment of patients with special needs and/or learning difficulties
  • Clinical audit experience


  • Single-handed vision screening
  • Experience of clinical supervision of students Previous experience of Clinical Audit Previous experience in hospital optometry services

Skills & Knowledge


  • Evidence of extensive optometry knowledge Ability to maintain clear & accurate patient records.
  • Well-developed organisational skills
  • Good administrative skills Well-developed interpersonal skills ability to communicate with a wide range of staff, patients and the public.
  • Ability to work under pressure and self-motivate
  • Awareness of strengths and weaknesses


  • Well-developed skills in working with children
  • Well-developed skills in working with patients with special educational needs and patients with learning difficulties

Other Requirements


  • Experience and evidence of engagement around equality, diversity and inclusion issues in relation to policy, service development and service delivery in respect of both services to users and the management of staff
  • Role model our Trust values every day


  • Ability to travel easily between trust sites

Employer details

Employer name

East and North Herts NHS Trust


Lister Treatment Centre

Lister Hospital



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