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Specialist Optometrist - IVT & Macular Service

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Optometrists keen to enhance their knowledge and extend their skills by joining our team of Consultant Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Imaging and Nursing staff working in the Retinal Treatment Clinics based at the purpose-built Community Stadium in York.

Please note: This post is for 7.5 hours to be worked on a Thursday

We are looking to recruit highly motivated Optometrists with an interest in AMD, DMO and RVO who would be keen to undertake an extended role in these specialized clinics

The role entails the assessment of patients attending the RTC service to determine if treatment is required,

The successful applicants will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team alongside Consultant Ophthalmologists, using advanced clinical techniques and skills to undertake assessment of new patients and follow up patients attending the RTC and Macular Clinic, prior to treatment.

The successful candidates will need to hold a BSc in Optometry and be registered with the General Optical Council.

Practical knowledge of AMD, DMO and RVO, it's assessment and treatment are required but relevant training will be provided to fulfill the needs of the post. Prior knowledge and experience of undertaking and interpreting OCT's is desirable but not essential.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialised advice contributing to the diagnosis, management, education and discharge of patients within the RTC & Macular Service.
  • To undertake a specialist extended clinical optometry role, in the diagnosis and management of patients with ARMD, DMO and RVO
  • As an autonomous practitioner to be legally and professionally responsible and accountable for the management of patients in your care and to keep accurate and contemporaneous records.
  • To maintain a high standard or clinical record keeping, in keeping with departmental, legal and national standards.
  • To be fully conversant and compliant with Data Protection Act, Access to Health Records Act and Trust policies in relation to confidential data.
  • To liaise with and give detailed medical information to the Consultant Ophthalmologists & all members of the Optometric team.
  • To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Nurses, clerks etc.
  • To undertake any other duties/roles to fulfil the post and meet the needs of the service as agreed with your Line Manager.
  • To work closely with professional colleagues in developing professional clinical performance and audit these.
  • To contribute to teaching and training.
  • To participate in continuing education and training (CET) as required by the G.O.C

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • A generous relocation package of up to 30% of salary (capped at �18k) to support with relocation expenses for hard to fill positions where relocation would be an expectation to undertake the role fully. If you would like to discuss a potential relocation package, please speak to the recruiting department/manager at interview stage
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance through a of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Please note that if a high number of applications are received this advert may close early. You are advised to submit you application at the earliest opportunity.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind we are open and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification



  • BSc Ophthalmic Optics or Optometry
  • Registration with the General Optical Council


  • Post-graduate optometric qualifications in Medical Retina



  • Good theoretical knowledge in a range of clinical areas in particular Macular Degeneration, DMO & RVO
  • Ability to competently undertake specialist advanced clinical extended roles.


  • Advanced knowledge of Macular Degeneration, DMO & RVO and Ocular therapeutics
  • Experience of undertaking and interpreting OCT results



  • Clinical skills required to undertake the job include: oTonometry oSlit lamp biomicroscopy


  • OCT and its interpretation

Employer details

Employer name

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


York Hospital - Community Stadium

Wigginton Road


YO31 8HE

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