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Orthoptist Band 5

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Two Band 5 Orthoptist job opportunities have arisen. Our patient cohort encompasses large numbers of difficult conditions which are often seen in specialist clinics including retinoblastoma, paediatric cataract, uveitis, glaucoma, neuroophthalmology, cilliopathy and rare diabetes, retinal, craniofacial, contact lens, inherited metabolic diseases. As a result we have embraced the extended diagnostic support role of the Orthoptist to include IOP pressure measurement, Fundus and digital photography, contact lens insertion and removal management and Orthoptic lead medical clinics.

Main duties of the job

Depending on experience, you will be expected to participate in general Orthoptic, Refraction, and Medic clinics. You will be involved in the diagnostic support role and you will also have the opportunity to be involved in the departments training of pre- registration optometrists, medical students and other health professionals. We offer a preceptorship/mentorship package to the successful applicants tailored to their requirements.CPD is actively promoted within the department and time is provided for administrative duties.

Newly qualified orthoptists/awaiting final qualification welcome to apply.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/ Degree in Orthoptics (BSc Hons/BMed Sci/DBO) or certified equivalent
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)


  • BIOS membership



  • Up to date knowledge of evidence based practice
  • Commitment to delivering high quality care, developing clinical practice and motivated to acquire new skills


  • Experience in OCT, fundus imaging, visual field testing and I-Care tonometer

Communication/Relationship skills


  • To keep highly accurate contemporaneous patient records
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with a broad range paediatric patients with varying ages, ability and understanding
  • To maintain professional standards within a multidisciplinary team

Analytical & Judgement skills:


  • Able to work as an autonomous practitioner and within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to formulate individualised management plans whilst taking into account the wider needs of specific patients
  • Accountable for own professional actions


  • Participation in reflective practice and/or teaching sessions

Planning & Organisational skills


  • Effective organisation, planning and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and be flexible in a busy environment
  • Ability to use own initiative, be selfdirecting, motivated and reliable

IT Skills


  • Computer literate with IT skills in office programmes


  • Knowledge of patient administrative systems e.g. Lorenzo, Winscribe

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Children's Hospital

Steelhouse Lane


B4 6NH

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