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Specialist Orthoptist - Medical Retina

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Orthoptist to carry out specialistOrthoptic and Medical Retina Clinics.

This post is suitable for Orthoptists who would like to specialise in medical retinal conditions and are happy to carry out intravitreal injections.

You will not require any previous experience, as full training will be provided in this specialised role. We also provide excellent career progression and mentoring support.

Addenbrooke's Hospital is a large teaching hospital and a research centre with strong affiliations with Cambridge University. It has a rich history of breaking the barriers of modern medicine and providing compassionate care for the patients.

Opportunities in teaching and research are also available.

Main duties of the job


To be autonomously responsible for the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients presenting to the Orthoptic department and formulate relevant discharge plans and make appropriate onward referral.

Provide timely paediatric and adult Orthoptic services at Addenbrooke's NHS Trust and off-site community services including specialist Orthoptic Services.

Participate in extended Orthoptic Clinical roles.

Medical Retina

The Orthoptist will also have an extended role in the medical retina clinic and will be performing intra-vitreal injections on patients with age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy in a consultant led clinic. The injections would be carried out on a pre-determined group of patients following a competency - based programme of training.

You will work closely with the interdisciplinary team and develop practice to ensure that quality standards are met.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

The advert will close at midnight on 1st Aug 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on 19th Aug 2024.

Fixed Term 12 Months

Please note:- Internal applicants on permanent contracts can only apply for this post as a secondment and must have the approval of your current line manager before applying.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree level qualification
  • Orthoptic degree level qualification
  • State registration with the HCPC
  • Evidence of ongoing commitment to Continuous Professional Development


  • Recognised clinical teaching qualification
  • Mentor qualification



  • Good level clinical experience within ophthalmology Orthoptic teams
  • Experience working under own initiative
  • Experience in delivering evidence based practice
  • Experience of teaching others
  • Ability to work under pressure


  • Experience conducting audit
  • Experience in intravitreal injections or extended role



  • Understand the basic underlying pathology in the main retinal conditions (AMD, diabetic retinopathy and vein occlusion)
  • Knowledge of current treatment options and management of the main retinal conditions
  • Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of the main retinal conditions
  • Understand the difficulties visually impaired patients face and to know when to refer to support services
  • Awareness of the requirement to work within a budget


  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical governance



  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients and co-workers (written, verbally and non-verbally)
  • Awareness of visually impaired patients' needs and ability to adjust communication and examination techniques accordingly
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and autonomously
  • To be flexible to meet service needs
  • Demonstrates evidence of ability to educate others
  • Able and willing to undertake ophthalmic training/ophthalmic course
  • Ability to prioritise workload of self and junior colleagues


  • Computing skills: word-processing, spread sheet and presentation packages

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Together - safe, kind, excellent.
  • Demonstrates the ability and commitment to providing a service for patients/clients that is governed by: Care, Compassion, Competence, Effective communication relevant to the area of work, Commitment & Courage/Advocacy for the patient

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division D

Hills Road



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