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Advanced Orthoptist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
6 Aug 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit an innovative and experienced Advanced Orthoptist to provide temporary cover for 12 months at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Addenbrooke's Hospital is 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 patients.

Main duties of the job

To be legally and professionally responsible for delivering highly skilled and comprehensive care in the management of complex Paediatric and Adult Orthoptics at Addenbrooke's NHS Trust.

To provide high quality Orthoptic Service as an autonomous Practitioner.

To provide highly specialist role in delivering orthoptic assessment and care to Neurology, Paediatric Neurology, Stroke, Maxillo-facial, Endocrinology, Genetics, SCBU, Endocrine (including thyroid and diabetes) and Emergency Department.

To provide teaching, supervision and support to Orthoptic undergraduates and multidisciplinary staff.

Responsible for undertaking and coordinating audits and CPD activities and actively participating in departmental research studies.

Required to ensure that the policies and procedures of the Department of Orthoptics and Addenbrooke's NHS Trust are adhered to.

To support and mentor junior members of staff.

Deputise in the absence of the Head Orthoptist, managing other staff and assisting with the management of the Orthoptic Service when required.

Assist with the Orthoptic Secondary Screening Service.

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.

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.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 6 August 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on 19 August 2024.

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



  • Orthoptic qualification recognised for State Registration (Diploma or Degree)
  • State registration with the HCPC
  • Recognised clinical teaching qualification, e.g. PTLLS, CTLLS


  • Masters Level qualification in a related area
  • Medial exemptions for Orthoptists
  • Leadership qualification



  • Advanced experience in all aspects of Orthoptics as well as assessment of children with special needs and genetic anomalies
  • Visual field examination and interpretation
  • Competence in Goldmann / Octopus and Humphrey visual fields
  • Advanced experience of organisation, coordination and leading on clinical supervision and assessment of Orthoptic students, and other students / junior staff requiring Orthoptic education
  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Significant Experience of developing appropriate programmes of care for individual patients and/or clinical pathways
  • Experience of presenting teaching and education in lecture style situations
  • Experience of line management


  • Experience of participation in departmental audit / research



  • Self-motivating
  • Demonstrates initiative
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Interpretation of OCT / optic disc photographs

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • Ability to gain cooperation in a wide range of age groups, ability and comprehension and with an ability to empathise and encourage in a long-term relationship with patients
  • Ability to develop good working relationships with hospital staff at all levels
  • Demonstrates a good awareness of own role and responsibilities within a team
  • Awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Maintain reflective CPD portfolio following BIOS / HCPC guidelines
  • Work to requirements of the Code of Practice and Professional Standards of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)
  • Ability to travel cross site

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division D

Hills Road



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