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Specialist Optometrist

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Westcliff on Sea
£43,742 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We have a number or exciting opportunities for both part-time and full-time skilled Optometrists from Band 6 to 8a to undertake enhanced role clinics in a busy ophthalmic unit.

Available extended roles include Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Cornea, Casualty and Cataract clinics

To provide core and extended role optometric services as an autonomous practitioner at Mid and South Essex NHS Trust, including hospital sites, Southend, Orsett and Broomfield

To deliver effectively, individually and as part of a team, specialist levels of clinical investigation and assessment. To use analytical skills to diagnose and treat a range of conditions as necessary. To work as an active member of a multi-disciplinary team. To undertake clinical audit and to take responsibility for own continuing professional development.

Main duties of the job

To carry out specialised visual and ocular assessment on patients referred to the department from GPs, Optometrists, Community Screening service and various other hospital departments.

To work clinically to deliver a comprehensive range of core optometric service and extended services to the highest standards of quality and care including both face to face and virtual clinics

To take responsibility to formulate relevant discharge plans and onward referral.

To be responsible as an autonomous practitioner for the evaluation of visual acuity and visual behaviour in referrals from specialist services. This includes patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly with varying communication skills.

To be responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring individual treatment plans/care pathways for patients of all ages using advanced clinical reasoning and evidence based practice.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest in the country, with a workforce of approximately 17,000 who serve a population of 1.2 million people.We work together, and in conjunction with MSE Health and Care Partnership, to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients in a compassionate way, and provide a respectful, but vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.From facilities through to consultant specialists we want to be the best, to achieve this we need to recruit not just those who are the finest in their field but also those who have the potential to be. Yes, experience is important but so is outlook - if you are dynamic, forward-thinking and enthusiastic we want you to join us.

We not only offer you a good working environment with flexible working opportunities, but also the opportunity to develop your career with access to appropriate training for your job and the support to succeed and progress.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details about this varied and rewarding role, please see attached job description.

We look forward to your application.

This vacancy is for full time and part time candidates.

Person Specification

Additonal Skills


  • Previous experience of OCT and VF
  • Previous experience as a sole practioner


  • UK Driving licence

Education and Training


  • GOC registration
  • BSc Optometry or equivalent


  • Previous hospital optometry experience
  • Independent Prescribing

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Prittlewell Chase

Westcliff on Sea


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