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Ophthalmic and Vision Scientist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
A fantastic opportunity has arisen in the Vision Science and Imaging Department for a trained Ophthalmic and Vision Scientist. This is an exciting time to join this expanding service as it seeks to further develop its well-established and nationally renowned hub (BEH) and bespoke (outreach sites) service delivery model.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic and innovative team comprising of Consultants, specialty and Trust grade Doctors, Fellows, specialty trainees, Nurse Practitioners, Orthoptists, Optometrists and a substantial team of Ophthalmic Nurses, Technicians and Healthcare assistants.

The UHBW ophthalmology service prides itself on its commitment to high quality treatment for all our patients and offers a friendly, supportive environment that values individuals and supports their personal and professional development.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the Ophthalmic Imaging and Outpatient teams for the provision and overall smooth running of our clinical services.

After the necessary training and induction, the post holder will be responsible for the effective and efficient maintenance of a comprehensive angiography, imaging and photography service to Bristol Eye Hospital. They should be able to prioritise and plan their own workload, and have the ability to work independently as well as working closely and supervising other members of the team.

The post holder will work as part of the multi-disciplinary Ophthalmic team at Bristol Eye Hospital providing a high quality medical photography service across a variety of sub-specialties including glaucoma, medical retina, corneal and oculoplastic.

Please note that the post will involve working at the service's outreach services as required, and may occasionally involve weekend working.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of dealing with the public, in a customer service environment.
  • Current working knowledge of general medical/ ophthalmic conditions
  • Working knowledge of ophthalmic procedures and techniques
  • Understands the critical importance of confidentiality
  • Knowledge of NHS procedures
  • Experience of learning new systems

Qualifications and Training


  • Extensive experience of ophthalmic care (minimum of one year)


  • At least one A level in a science subject Grade C or above



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with strong customer focus
  • Empathetic manner with patient
  • Attention to detail

Skills and Abilities


  • Experience in teaching junior members of the department Ophthalmic Techniques
  • Able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Ability to travel between different working locations and weekend working if required
  • Good presentation skills, high level of accuracy and excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Public Sector Language Competency. Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard


  • Ability to deal with difficult situations
  • Ability to work with respect to Continuing Professional Development
  • Excellent computer skills and problem solving abilities

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Eye Hospital

Lower Maudlin Street



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