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Optometrist Specialist

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you passionate about patient care? Do you want to expand your clinical knowledge and experience? Do you want to work with a fantastic multi-disciplinary team? We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and compassionate individual to work in an extended clinical role in our Optometric Services Team within Ophthalmology in East Kent.

The post will involve triage and managing patients in the urgent eye service, paediatric refractions, specialist contact lens fitting, virtual glaucoma review and much more. Our clinics generally run Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.

Main duties of the job

The specific extended roles we are currently recruiting are:

Acute eye referral triage/advice and assessment of patients as part of the Urgent Eye Service team at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford (training will be provided for this role)

Paediatric cycloplegic refraction and fundus examination at Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury with autonomous clinical management plan.

Possible training in the glaucoma service including face to face independent optom clinics and virtual review.

Optometric examination of patients enrolled with clinical trials at EKHUFT

Assist in the training of Ophthalmic Technicians and other staff as necessary

Assist in the collection of data for Clinical Audit, when requested

About us

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with fivehospitals and community clinics serving a local population of around 800,000 people. Our vision is 'great healthcare from great people'. Everything we do is guided by our values: 'People feel cared for, safe, respected and confident that we are making a difference'. We have a new way of working at East Kent Hospitals, called 'We care'. It's about empowering frontline staff to lead improvements day-to-day. We're looking for compassionate people to be part of our improvement journey for the patients, families and carers we care for every day.

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

Please note that if you require a Certificate of Sponsorship to work in the UK you must declare this on your application form, even if you currently have a certificate of sponsorship or a work permit for another role and are already working in the country. Please note we are only able to sponsor candidates on a Skilled Worker Visa applying for roles Band 5 and above.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in Documents to download.

If you have further queries please dont hesitate to contact the line manager using the contact details below.

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) degree in Optometry
  • General Optical Council registration


  • Post-graduate optometric qualifications
  • Higher Degree

Clinical Skills and Experience


  • Autonomous working, guided by board optometric policies
  • Diagnostic drug use/instillation of ophthalmic drugs
  • Working with elderly and children
  • Slit Lamp Assessment


  • Eye casualty assessment
  • Anterior Segment disease assessment
  • Experience of research and audit



  • NICE guidelines
  • Assessment of paediatric patients e.g. emmetropisation
  • Interpretation of ophthalmological test results e.g. visual fields/OCT


  • Experience of NHS computer systems
  • Independent prescribing

Personal/Professional Attributes


  • Basic IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust


Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Ethelbert Road



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