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Specialist Optometrist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Part Time
Bristol Eye Hospital is inviting applications from enthusiastic and motivated optometrists to join the Optometry team.

About the role:

Based in the Core Optometry Service providing general and specialised paediatric eye care you will also have the opportunity to work with the corneal service including gaining experience with complex refractions and contact lens clinics.

Working closely with the multi-professional teams within services, you will also liaise with between services within the Bristol and Weston Hospital Eye service.

The clinical work is interesting, varied and challenging. Training is available in post, and support and mentoring is provided by the highly experienced and friendly Core Optometry team.

About you:

You are an optometrist with a commitment to professional and personal development and an enthusiasm for complex clinical work as well as service innovation. You may have previous hospital experience which will be advantageous, however applicants who are currently working in community practice with an interest in refractive care (paediatrics and/or corneal) are encouraged to apply.

Keen to be fully engaged with the department, and to contribute to team development as well as clinical service delivery, you will be able to be involved in clinical teaching as well as actively input into audit and service improvement.

Main duties of the job

About the Optometry Department:

The Optometry Department at Bristol Eye Hospital is well established and integrated into the multidisciplinary environment of Bristol Eye Hospital, providing clinical management of eye health to people in Bristol, Weston and across the South West of England.

A glimpse of life at BEH:

Optometrists in the department are a diverse team of highly capable clinicians who work across a broad range of multi-professional services from highly skilled core optometry to complex and specialised services, including cornea, medical retina, glaucoma, paediatrics and ED.

Frequently engaged with the broader aspects of optometry and eye health, including education, research and leadership, optometrists in the department are encouraged to develop professionally as well as personally.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond.

As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registration as Optometrist with General Optical Council
  • BSc Hons degree in Optometry or equivalent


  • MSc Degree or Postgraduate related qualification
  • Independent prescriber

Knowledge and Experience


  • Clinical knowledge of Ophthalmic conditions and care
  • Knowledge of technical skills within ophthalmology, in posterior and anterior segment examinations
  • Experience of working as an autonomous practitioner


  • Theoretical and practical ophthalmic knowledge of a range of work procedures and practices
  • Experience in paediatric optometry
  • Experience working in hospital optometry

Skills and Abilities


  • Clinical skills in ophthalmic examination & diagnosis
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: verbal , written and electronic
  • Communicates complex, sensitive, condition-related information to patients , relatives and staff at all levels and outside agencies
  • Able to travel to peripheral clinics as part of their clinical timetable


  • Skills in extended clinical setting

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Eye Hospital

Lower Maudlin Street



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