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Specialist Orthoptist

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Orthoptist to join the Orthoptic Team 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

We are a friendly, dynamic forward-thinking department who encourage innovative autonomous working practices. Your timetable will be varied and interesting with the scope for involvement in extended role work and to build on and gain excellent experience.

The Orthoptic department currently provides general Adult and Paediatric Clinics including patients from Eye Casualty, Neurology, Stroke Rehabilitation team and the Thyroid eye clinic.

You will join a multi-speciality team within the West of England Eye Unit and will be involved in delivering core and specialist Orthoptic services that include Consultant led clinics for paediatric ophthalmology, adult ocular motility, neuro-ophthalmology and thyroid eye disease clinics.

We are looking for someone keen to integrate into the current team of 7 Orthoptists and one Vision Screening Practitioner. The successful candidate will work within the West of England Eye Unit alongside a dedicated team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Nurses and Technicians in a busy supportive department.

The orthoptic department supports well established extended roles within Stroke and Paediatric Ophthalmology and is looking to develop an ACP role in Paediatric Ophthalmology.

The Orthoptic department is an approved placement site for undergraduate and Masters level Orthoptic students and the post holder will be encouraged to undertake any training needed to become a clinical tutor.

Professional development is encouraged and full participation is required in clinical audit, clinical governance sessions, dedicated journal clubs, departmental meetings and courses/ seminars relevant to the role.

If you desire a good work-life balance in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a fantastic lifestyle, this area encompasses two National Parks Dartmoor and Exmoor, and beautiful world-class beaches.

The post is based at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital however we also hold clinics at various Community locations therefore an ability to travel is essential.

Newly qualified Orthoptists may apply (Band 5 pay scale applicable) and will be supported by local and Trust wide preceptorship to enable you to get the best start to your Orthoptic career and to develop your skills, behaviours and values.

Applicants will need to be enthusiastic, motivated and keen to work hard in a busy environment.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours over 4 days: 3 x 9.5 hour days and 1 x 9 hour day.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Bronwen Oldridge Head Orthoptiston or 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 University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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