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Research Optometrist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Are you an Optometrist with an interest in clinical research?

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our research team within the Cambridge Eye Research Centre (CERC) at Cambridge University Hospitals, Addenbrookes Hospital.

The Cambridge Eye Research Centre hosts some of the world's leading Ophthalmologists, with expertise in a variety of subspecialty areas of Ophthalmology, and a strong interest in clinical research. With an ever increasing portfolio of clinical trials we require a Research Optometrist to join our experienced multidisciplinary team.

You will be responsible for: identifying and approaching potential participants through screening clinics checking eligibility as well as performing a number of ophthalmic clinical assessments, within a supportive clinical environment. This is an excellent opportunity to become involved with national and international cutting edge research involving novel therapies for eye diseases among our patients.

Please see the job description and person specifications for full list of duties.

A background in clinical trials or research is not necessary as support and training will be provided.

Main duties of the job

  • To collect data and examine patients for a wide range of ophthalmology sub specialty studies including medical retina, glaucoma, corneal and vitreo-retinal research projects
  • To personally deliver a range of core optometric and extended role clinical services to the highest standards of quality and care to meet the changing needs of the department of ophthalmology.
  • To undertake clinical audit and administrative tasks

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 20th May 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 29th May 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) Optometry Degree
  • GOC Registration


  • City & Guilds qualification in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
  • Speciality qualification as an Independent Prescribing Optometrist
  • Achievement of a higher degree / College of Optometrists' higher qualification



  • Significant post-registration experience
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team


  • Previous experience in Hospital Optometry
  • Experience of Diabetic Retinopathy screening
  • Experience of initiating or working as part of a research project or clinical audit
  • Experience of inter-professional teaching



  • Evidence of continuing education and training
  • Specialist knowledge of visual assessment, investigation and imaging techniques


  • An understanding of the widening role of an Optometrist within the Hospital Eye Service.



  • Good Optometric skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to independently assess and make clinical decisions
  • The ability to recognise limitations of own clinical competence and seek support from senior staff when indicated


  • Specialist skills in visual assessment
  • IT experience

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division R& D

Hills Road



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