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Head Orthoptist

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Other allied health
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional individual to lead the Orthoptic department at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, part of Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

About us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within peoples own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

The role of the Head Orthoptist is to lead and co-ordinate the development and implementation of Orthoptic services within the Trust , and to support the professional and personal development of 7 Orthoptists and one visual screening practitioner.

You will represent the orthoptic department at management and governance meetings within the ophthalmology department, the Trust and the wider Devon ICB.

We are looking for someone keen to integrate into the current team and provide clinical and managerial support to the orthoptic department.

You will join a multi-speciality team within the West of England Eye Unit and will participate in joint consultant, optometry and other specialised clinics.

You will provide managerial support to a well-established extended role with the stroke service. The department provides significant support to the stroke service both as an inpatient and outpatient service.

You will support the development of an Orthoptist ACP role in paediatric ophthalmology which will be one of the first roles of its kind in the country.

As Head Orthoptist you will be responsible for managing the school vision screening of 4-5-year olds across the region, with vision testing delivered by a vision screening practitioner. Orthoptic support is also provided to local special schools and child development centres

The post is based at the West of England Eye Unit at the Wonford site, but orthoptic clinics are provided at various community hospitals across the region.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week over 4 days

Interview Date: Friday 5th August 2024

For further information please contact: Sam Flynn, Cluster Manager, on

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you'll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers.

You will also have access to other benefits including:

National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.

Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter

Car lease schemes.

The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).

Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

Person Specification

General Requirements


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Barrack Road




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