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Specialist Optometrist

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Optometrist to work at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. The role is full-time (5 days a week). The appointed Optometrist will be required to run core Optometry clinics as well as extended roles at Maidstone and Medway Hospital. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated and want to develop their skills, knowledge and experience, whilst working as part of a friendly and diverse Ophthalmic team.

Maidstone Eye Unit is a dynamic training environment for a wide range of Ophthalmic Professionals. The Opticians Department is situated adjacent to the Orthoptic department and works closely with other professionals in the eye unit including 11 Consultant Ophthalmologists, who offer specialist services in: Glaucoma, Anti-VegF, Oculoplastics, Vitreo-Retinal, Medical Retina & Diabetes, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cornea and Ophthalmic A& E.

Main duties of the job

The department is currently staffed by 8 Optometrists and a pre-registration Optometrist across 3 sites, each with their own interest and sub-specialities. Collectively the department provides an extensive range of Optometric Services including:
  • Low Vision Services
  • Complex Contact Lens Service
  • Complex Refractions (& dispensing)
  • Paediatric Refractions
  • Ocular B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Extended roles in Ophthalmology clinics including: Glaucoma, Cornea, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Anti-Veg
  • Research

About us

MTW is a large acute hospital trust in the south-east of England.We provide a full range of general hospital services and some aspects of specialist and complex care to around 600,000 people living in west Kent and East Sussex. We have a team of over 8,000 full and part-time staff. We also provide specialist cancer services to around 2 million people across Kent and East Sussex via the Kent Oncology Centre.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

We support our staff with disabilities to ensure they have the adjustments they need to be the best they can be in the workplace. Collaborating with Access to Work means that our staff are assessed by experts in the workplace and we ensure that their recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible. You can find out more here: Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition: What Access to Work is - GOV.UK (

Interview Date: TBC

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) degree in Optometry.
  • General Optical Council registered.
  • MC Optom or Equivalent


  • Professional Higher Qualifications in Optometry e.g. MSc in Clinical Optometry



  • Extensive and advanced post graduate theoretical & practical knowledge and experience within the field of optometry


  • College of Optometrists Diploma
  • Experience with Hospital Paediatric refractions, Complex Contact Lenses and Low Vision assessments.
  • Post Pre-Registration experience



  • Professional outlook to role and responsibilities
  • Demonstrates clear evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Knowledge of clinical issues and their implications for practice.
  • Ability to undertake expanded role activities
  • Ability to communicate complex and at times sensitive information to patients and other professional groups.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Able to demonstrate level of organisational skills
  • Ability to problem solve, anticipate and forward plan
  • Evidence of self-development
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate Analytical skills IT literate
  • The ability to communicate and record data through various IT systems and packages.

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital

Hermitage Lane


ME16 9QQ

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