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Optometrist - Band 6

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucester, Cheltenham
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pr
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
A vacancy has arisen for a part time (30 hours per week) band 6 optometrist to join the optometry team at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS foundation trust. We are seeking an enthusiastic optometrist who is keen to develop their clinical skills and progress their specialist clinical interests. This role would suit any practitioner who is keen to explore a career in hospital optometry or wanting to extend their clinical skills with more complex optometry patients and we welcome applications from newly qualified optometrists or those in the final stages of their pre-registration year.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of optometry and ophthalmology clinics including specialist medical contact lenses, low vision assessment, cataract post operative management and complex adult and paediatric refraction, along with paediatric dispensing. A flexible approach is essential so as well as working independently the post holder will support ophthalmology clinics with diagnostic tests and imaging and play a role in training and teaching of pre-registration or student optometrists who visit the department as well as medical students and trainee nurses.

About us

We are a friendly and progressive optometry team consisting of 20 optometrist and 8 optometry technicians. The department works closely with the ophthalmology team and run joint paediatric clinics with orthoptists. Although a large department that works across several sites we are still a cohesive and supportive team. We encourage optometrists to pursue their clinical interests and gain further post graduate qualifications to progress their career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We have a part time post available and we will consider applications from candidates who have a specialist interest for example low vision assessments or those looking to manage the complex post cataract refractions of patients with co-morbidities. If we have a number of applicants who wish to work fewer days then we can split the 30 hours between two candidates.

Our normal working hours are 9.00am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday but may also include the option of occasional weekend clinics. The post holder will be based between Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals and there may be an option to work at community hospital sites across the county.

The post holder will work independently in core hospital optometry clinics. Full training will be given especially for more specialist hospital work such as complex contact lens fitting and low vision. This role is suitable for newly qualified optometrists or an optometrist without previous hospital experience who wishes to develop their clinical optometry skills. The post holder will be expected to contribute to clinical audit for effective clinical governance and take on roles to support the clinical lead optometrists and training and teaching within the department

Person Specification



  • BSc( Hons) Optometry or equivalent/or MSc Optometry
  • GOC registered as qualified Optometrist


  • 2:1 or higher
  • Post graduate clinical qualification (s)
  • Member of College of Optometrists



  • Optometry practice experience in clinical setting (including pre-reg year)


  • Experience working with children and adults with complex requirements
  • Clinical experience of complex refraction/specialist contact lenses/low vision
  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience in clinical research and/or clinical audit

Knowledge / Skills


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional manner
  • Able to communicate complex clinical information with empathy to patients
  • Attention to detail and accurate clinical record keeping
  • Flexible approach working within a team and willing to seek advice from senior colleagues


  • Experience working with electronic patient records and databases

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Gloucester, Cheltenham


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