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Clinical Lead Optometrist - Cataract service

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
To manage and provide professional clinical leadership for the Optometrists working in advanced clinical roles in Pre and Post operative Cataract Services. This will involve working alongside a multidisciplinary team of Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Nurses and technicians to ensure an excellent Cataract service is provided and that the local patient access targets are achieved by addressing the changing needs of the Directorate and other outside agencies. Responsibility of producing and maintaining clinical protocols, organising teaching and carrying out audits are part of job role.

**Please be advised that interviews for this post are scheduled for 14th June 2024**

Main duties of the job

  • To work as an autonomous independent practitioner managing patient caseloads presenting in the relevant sub-speciality clinics involved in advanced optometric extended roles which result in decisions being made on treatment (i.e., prescribing of eye related medication, listing for cataract surgery), discharge or subsequent referral to sub specialty Consultant clinics. These include Eye Casualty/Triage, Corneal and Medical Retina clinics etc.
  • Working across Rugby and UHCW site. Saturday working in eye casualty triage as required.
  • To work as an autonomous independent practitioner managing patient caseloads presenting in Core optometric services. This includes refraction (routine, diagnostic and paediatric) theatre refractions, specialist medical contact lens management (keratoconus, post-graft, high myopia/hyperopia, cosmetic, diagnostic), visual impairment rehabilitation, in-house spectacle dispensing.
  • To work closely with the Principal and Lead Optometrists, to deliver a comprehensive range of Core Optometric services and advanced extended role clinics, to the highest standard of quality and care.

  • About us

    University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

    We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

    Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

    We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

    By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

    The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    • To work with the Principal and Lead Optometrists to ensure best practice, and the provision of highest quality hospital optometry service.
    • To be responsible for managing verbal complaints/issues and report to the Principal Optometrist when necessary. Further to this, to be able to assist and supply accurate information to Principal Optometrist with regards to complex departmental complaints/issues.
    • To take joint responsibility with Senior/Lead Optometrists for dispenses on the premises in absence of the resident Dispensing Optician.
    • To work closely with the Principal Optometrist to ensure professional standards are achieved and always maintained, for the provision of highest quality hospital optometry services.
    • To contribute to operational planning for the Department. This may involve dealing with some complex, sensitive, and contentious information. The post holder will be expected to provide advice, instruction, or training to groups where the subject matter is generally straightforward.
    • To contribute to delivering income generation and cost improvement programs.
    • To maintain harmonious working relationships and efficient communication with all staff throughout the Directorate, Trust, and outside agencies.

    For further details please see the attached job description.

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    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust



    Clifford Bridge Road


    CV2 2DX

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