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Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has opened up to join a small team of orthoptists in Great Western Hospital.

This is an ideal first post for a newly qualified orthoptist.

We can provide you with a thorough grounding in all aspects of clinical work. We are a friendly and supportive team that will provide experience of paediatric patients, adult patients from newly acquired palsies, TED, accident and trauma cases.

Main duties of the job

To be an autonomous practitioner to provide orthoptic services. This includes assessment of new patients and management of infants, children, adults and the elderly. To maintain accurate patient records paper based and digital.

The role will be mainly Paediatric Orthoptic Clinics and Ocular motility Clinics.

Continuing professional development and clinical audit are encouraged in the department.

About us

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are.
  • Service We will put our patients first
  • Teamwork We will work together
  • Ambition We will aspire to provide the best service
  • Respect We will act with integrity

Our establishment currently has three orthoptists, a mix of band 6 and 7. We look forward to welcoming a suitable band 5 into the department. We also have 3 optometrists and one contact lens optician.

We are a large trust that works in partnership across the region with other trusts. It is a forward looking trust with exciting expansion plans. A new expanded Accident and Emergency department is currently under construction.

Situated on the M4 we have good transport links to places such as Bath, Bristol and London. There is also easy access to such tourist areas as the Cotswold's and the South West

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To directly provide Orthoptic services as agreed with the Clinical Lead Orthoptist. This includes theassessment of new patients and the management of infants, children, adults, and the elderly.
  • To contribute to the general running and functions of the Orthoptic service to include administration,planning, and development.
  • To keep and maintain accurate patient records paper based and digital using the Trust informationsystems.
  • To take an active part in local and national research and audit, undertaking data collection asrequired.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of techniques and technology and to maintain required levelsprofessional clinical practice, competencies, and skills. To maintain own standards of professionalconduct and performance in line with HCPC and BIOS.
  • To be aware of and implement Trust and departmental policies and procedures, and participate inthe development of departmental policies.
  • To understand and maintain quality assurance standards, clinical governance, and clinical risk forthe Orthoptic service and Trust

Person Specification



  • Degree BSc (or Diploma) in Orthoptics
  • Current Professional registration with HCPC
  • Membership of BIOS



  • Clinical experience in paediatric Orthoptics
  • Knowledge of formulating treatment plans using problem solving and involving complex factors
  • Evidence of ability to work on own and prioritise own workload


  • Awareness of the significance to own practice of legislation including Confidentiality and Data Protection, Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding issues, Clinical governance
  • Undergraduate experience of neuroophthalmology / other specialist areas



  • Highly developed ability to communicate with all ages, ethnicity and abilities in explaining diagnosis and treatment to gain optimum cooperation and results
  • To be able to communicate sensitive and complex information , sometimes in distressing /emotional circumstances
  • Proven knowledge of the investigation, diagnosis and management of a broad range of specialist and complex Orthoptic patients


  • Good presentation skills for formal and informal teaching
  • IT skills with knowledge and experience of office and excel
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle difficult situations calmly and effectively and to deal with patients tactfully, efficiently and with empathy
  • Driver with clean licence

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Great Western Hospital

Marlborough Road



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