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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are hoping to recruit one permanent band 5 full time graduate Orthoptist.

Orthoptists with experience also welcome to apply.

We have a great track record in providing high quality preceptorship programmes enabling a structured transition from student to practitioner to build on your skills and behaviours. Early career Orthoptists have always thrived here in a supportive and happy environment and have stayed longer than they initially thought they would, due to development opportunities and promotion.

We are a team of 10 Orthoptists with diverse interests including glaucoma, stroke and paediatric ophthalmology as well as varied orthoptic caseload and a reception aged school vision screening programme. We have two (soon to be three) Consultant Ophthalmologists with interests in paediatrics, ocular motility and neuro ophthalmology ,who value hugely our input into their caseload, and 12 consultant ophthalmologists in total covering all sub-specialities

You will have the support of a preceptor to enable you to get the best start to your orthoptic career to develop your skills, behaviours and values.

We are able to offer a competitive relocation package, to be discussed at interview.

Main duties of the job

You will undertake a varied orthoptic clinical role, including specialist paediatric, ocular motility and neuro-ophthalmology clinics.

Audit and continuing professional development are encouraged in the department, and we have regular teaching sessions. We are a placement centre for orthoptic undergraduate students. The department supports the BIOS preceptorship scheme as well as utilising the Somerset Foundation Trust AHP preceptorship programme enabling you to make contact with other early career AHPs.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information.

To provide orthoptic services as an autonomous practitioner.

To assess, diagnose and manage patients referred to the orthoptic Department providing a comprehensive service across Somerset.

The post holder will work within a multi-disciplinary team within the ophthalmology department to provide and develop these services within the Trust.

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration (or pending HCPC registration)
  • Possess a Bachelor of Science in Orthoptics BSc(Orth), BMedSci (Orthoptics) and/or a diploma from the British Orthoptic Council (DBO).
  • Documentary evidence of C.P.D.


  • Current full UK driving licence.



  • Evidence of working successfully as part of a multidisciplinary team


  • Knowledge and interest of ophthalmology

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital



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