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Trainee Ophthalmic Science Practitioner

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Annex U 5 salary scale
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Full Time
The Directorate of Ophthalmology requires a Trainee Ophthalmic Science Practitioner to join its busy Ophthalmic Angiography, Diagnostic and Imaging Unit.

You will liaise closely with other health care professionals delivering an integrated ophthalmic service to more than 100,000 outpatients per year. The post will be closely linked to Cataract Assessment, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic, and Glaucoma Services and will be based in the Ophthalmic Imaging Department at the Royal Hallamshire, Northern General Eye Centre, Eye Imaging Hub and Sheffield Children's Hospital.

The posts encompass retinal imaging, biometry, OCT Scanning, Confocal Microscopy, Physiological Measurement and Ultra-sound B Scan and Visual Field Analysis - training will be given on all procedures. Applicants will be expected to work collaboratively on a day-to day basis with others to contribute to the smooth and efficient running of the service.

The Job is open to science graduates, typically applicants will have biology, bio med science, chemistry degrees although other appropriate degrees may be considered.

Salary 1st year 65% max of Band 5

2nd year 70% max of Band 5

3rd year 75% max of Band 5

4th year 100% minimum of band 5 (subject to capability and performance & registration.)

Main duties of the job

Clinical Imaging

Perform retinal imaging and image analysis using current standard techniques.

Slit lamp biomicroscopy & imaging of anterior segment of the eye utilising topical stains as appropriate.

Clinical imaging of the external eye and Ocular adnexae.

Perform retinal tomography, volumetric analysis of the optic nerve head to screen for glaucomatous neuropathy.

Undertake optical coherence tomography of the neuro-sensory retina, optic nerve and retinal nerve fibre layer.

Operating theatre imaging and examination of patients under anaestheticUltra-sound B scan.

Biometry & corneal k readings.

Ophthalmic Investigations

Snellen visual acuity measurement.Log-Mar visual acuity measurement.Auto refraction - determine refractive error for purpose of investigation.Focimetry - determine prescription of optical aids.Microperimetry - static and kinetic technique.Fixation study.Static perimetry (Humphrey).Pachymetry.Evaluation and analysis of test data implementing additional test strategies as required.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest providers of integrated hospital and community-based healthcare providing a comprehensive range of local and tertiary services to the residents of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Mid Yorkshire and North Derbyshire and also some highly specialist services to all parts of England.

We have a history of delivering high quality care, training and developing high calibre multidisciplinary health professionals, clinical excellence and innovation in medical research.

We have a budget in excess of �1.2biillion and deliver over 2 million patient contacts every year thanks to the support of our 18,500 staff.

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term contract basis for a period of 36 months due to this being an training programme. The fixed term contract status of the post holder will be reviewed in accordance with the Trust's legal obligations regarding fixed term contracts.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Science / other relevant degree or equivalent
  • 2 A levels or equivalent.
  • 4 GCSE's (A-C) or equivalent


  • Recognised photographic qualification.
  • Experience in ophthalmic imaging.
  • Certificate of Diabetic retinopathy screening.



  • Evidence of Continuing Educational Development.


  • Previous experience working with patients.
  • Experience in ophthalmic imaging.
  • Experience in Diabetic Screening.

Further Training


  • Ability and willingness to undergo further training and work towards qualifications as necessary.

Special Skills/Aptitudes


  • Excellent Communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Good Patient inter-action/communication.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Diplomatic.
  • Ability to work independently and show initiative.
  • Flexible to meet service needs.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Self Directing.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Committed to delivering a quality service.
  • Committed to the Trust's Clinical Governance programme.
  • Able to work the hours required, reasonably flexible as and when required.
  • Willing to travel to outreach clinics.
  • Confidentiality - Understand and accept the need to maintain confidentiality.

Other Factors


  • Flexible to meet service needs.
  • Able to work the hours required, reasonably flexible as and when required.
  • Willing to travel to outreach clinics in the community.


  • Clean UK driving licence.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Hallamshire

Glossop Road


S10 2JF

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