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Ocularist

Employer
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£34,089 to £41,498 a year incl. HCAS
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 5
Hours
Full Time
We are looking to fill a fixed term 12 month Ocularist position to cover for maternity leave.

Ideally the successful candidate will already have experience as an Ocularist, but training will be giving to the right person if required.

You will be working with patients who may be concerned about treatment so compassion and understanding are essential traits to have.

You will be working closely in a small team so interpersonal skills are also important.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job are:

To undertake the fitting, manufacture, and supply of various ocular prostheses for adult patients.

To provide advice to patients on all aspects of ocular prosthetic treatment, handling, care & hygiene.

About us

This post is based at our City Road site.

At Moorfields, we provide more than just an excellent career and great colleagues to work with. We also offer:
  • Salary including High-Cost Area Supplement
  • Opportunity to join the NHS Pension Scheme
  • Free 24/7 independent counselling service
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Easy and quick transport links
  • A range of attractive benefits and discounts
  • Access to Blue Light Card and other NHS Discount Schemes
  • Free Pilates classes
  • Full support and training to develop your skills
  • Flexible working friendly organisation

And so much more! To see the full range of benefits we offer please see our Moorfields benefits document.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The duties involved in the job are as follows.

To select and adapt stock prostheses to create temporary artificial eyes. Insert, instruct and advise on insertion and removal techniques to both the listed and emergency referred patients.

To create and produce customised conformers, which may or may not involve visiting the operating theatre or wards to mould and/or fit the ocular defect.

To mould, fit and paint a definitive pattern prior to the manufacture and subsequent supply of a customised artificial eye. Give advice on future treatments that may be required and the daily routine of inserting removing and cleaning.

To instil anaesthetic drops, mould, fit and paint a definitive pattern prior to the manufacture and subsequent supply of a customised cosmetic shell (cosmetic scleral lens). Give advice on future treatments that may be required and the daily routine of inserting removing and cleaning.

To provide advice to patients on all aspects of ocular prosthetic treatment, handling, care & hygiene.

To communicate sensitively and compassionately with patients given the nature of the service, this will involve helping patients overcome phobias / fears regarding handling / inserting prosthesis.

Reassuring patients who have had facial reconstruction etc.

To change and adapt to innovative ideas and techniques when new developments or materials become available.

To help in the compilation of clinic records, statistical returns, and all aspects of the departments ISO13485 Quality Assurance Program.

To undertake maintenance of the departments equipment in line with the schedule detailed in the department Quality Assurance Program.

Person Specification

Education

Essential

  • oQualification in either science or art to Degree/ HNC level or equivalent level of experience in a relevant field e.g., Dental Technician.


Desirable

  • oMasters or equivalent level qualification/experience.


Experience

Essential

  • oWorking within a team and dealing with the public.
  • oExperience working with photographic equipment, computers, data handling.


Desirable

  • oExperience in prosthetic design and construction.
  • oTreating adult patients in a clinical setting.
  • oKnowledge of other health care disciplines.


Knowledge

Essential

  • oCompetent user of computer equipment and software packages.


Desirable

  • oKnowledge of essential Health and Safety requirements.
  • oWorking knowledge of fitting and manufacturing adult temporary artificial eyes customised artificial eyes and cosmetic shells.


Skills

Essential

  • oExcellent interpersonal skills, in intimate situations.
  • oGood organisational and problem-solving skills.
  • oAbility to work under pressure and unsupervised.
  • oExceptional attention to detail


Desirable

  • oShows aptitude for research and development.


Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Ability to work well and flexibly within a team and as an individual.
  • oExcellent communication skills due to nature of the role (incl. compassion, tact & diplomacy).
  • oAble to communicate effectively with persons of all ages/backgrounds.
  • oMotivated and uses initiative.
  • oWilling and able to contribute to maintaining a positive working environment.
  • oAbility to show empathy to patients some of whom may be receiving prosthesis for the first time.


Employer details

Employer name

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Moorfields Eye Hospital

162 City Road

London

EC1V 2PD

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