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Senior Orthoptist

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
This role provides all aspects of orthoptic care to the community of County Durham. The postholder will be involved with managing their own caseload of adult and paediatric patients. There is involvement in multidisciplinary clinics working in a Orthoptic and optometry clinic to manage patients both new and review and the ability to be involved with Paediatric and adult ocular motlity clinic working directly with the paediatric Consultant ophthalmologist. There is also the ability to undertake secondary screening in main and secondary sites. Although the base for this role is University Hospital of North Durham there will be travel to other sites within the Trust to provide clinics closer to home for patients and work in other main sites. This is a excellent opportunity to work with patients of all ages and abilities in different clinic settings and types We would be willing to support a newly qualified Orthoptist to take up this role.

Main duties of the job

All aspects of both paediatric and adult orthoptic assessments and management including secondary screening and pre-op and post-op assessments for strabismus / ocular motility.

Manage own clinical workload.

Multidisciplinary working with Optometrists and Consulatnt Ophthalmologists

Support for student orthoptists and Optometrists in their clinical placements

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

This job involves a varied selection of clinics including single handed orthoptic clinics for mixed adult and paediatric caseload of patients with all levels of abilities, Orthoptic and optometry dual clinics for new and review patients, orthoptic secondary screening clinics and multidisciplinary clinics with the paediatric ophthalmologist which also involves adult motility cases. The post holder will need to travel to sites other than their nominal base to undertake these clinics. There will be a need to perform Orthoptic pre-operative and post-operative assessments for both paediatric and adults cases. As one site has an urgent eye care clinic it will be necessary to perform orthoptic assessments for urgent patients from this clinic to aid with diagnosis and symptom management.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in Orthoptics


  • Clinical teachers qualification

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC registration



  • Good communication with patients and other professionals,
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to organise own workload and clinics
  • Manual dexterity in the use of Orthoptic equipment


  • Experience of Goldmann visual field testing
  • Experience of clinical teaching ideally including Orthoptic undergraduates

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Good communication with patients and other professionals,
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to organise own workload and clinics
  • Manual dexterity in the use of Orthoptic equipment


  • Experienced with computer software
  • Research skills

Specialist Requirements


  • HCPC registration
  • Ongoing CPD
  • Up to date knowledge of clinical techniques and technology

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospital Of North Durham

North Road



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