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Highly Specialist Orthoptist

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per Annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Full Time
Applicants are invited for a 12 month fixed term Band 7 post at St Paul's Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

This Orthoptic post involves working within an innovative team of 5 experienced Orthoptists and provides the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of extended roles.

Newly opened, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, accommodates an adult only tertiary referral centre providing an interesting and fast paced workload. We work closely with and support 27 consultant ophthalmologists covering a wide range of specialisms and additionally liaise with colleagues in other departments e.g. Clatterbridge cancer centre, Endocrinology and Neurology. We are closely situated to the University of Liverpool, and therefore, provide undergraduate clinical placements to final year students.

We have a flexible approach to this fixed term post to cover maternity leave and would consider full time, part time, job share and secondment applicants.

Previous experience is essential.

For informal enquiries please contact our department on 0151 7063914

Main duties of the job

To independently assess, diagnose and manage adult patients presenting to the Orthoptic Department.

To use expert knowledge to support Consultant colleagues who are international leading experts in their field.

To independently assess, diagnose and manage patient referred from St Paul's Eye Emergency Department.

To provide clinical and theoretical teaching and liaise with the Department of Orthoptics Liverpool University.

To provide clinical and theoretical teaching to medical, nursing and paramedical staff.

To have the ability to work in an extended role.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To perform and be responsible for a broad range of expert skills, complex, comprehensive investigative, diagnostic and therapeutic Orthoptic procedures on all patients regardless of physical and mental disabilities including language barriers.
  • To formulate treatment plans and instruct patients and carers on continuous courses of home therapies.
  • Independently implement, review and alter treatment, based on Orthoptic assessment, interpretation and evaluation of a wide range of conditions.
  • To act as a source of expert clinical knowledge for consultants, clinical colleagues, patients and carers for routine and as part of a leading team of specialists.
  • Work in partnership with consultants, optometrists, doctors and other medical professions, diagnose and treat and recommend further treatment options to other medical professionals.
  • To provide highly specialised expertise within specialist clinics: Ocular Oncology clinics, Vitreo-retinal clinics, St Paul's Emergency Eye Department, Adult ocular motility and Botulinum Toxin.
  • To independently assess, diagnose and where possible treat St Paul's Emergency Eye Department patients and Ophthalmic outpatients as first expert practitioner.
  • To perform additional specialised skills of visual and ocular assessment: Colour vision, contrast sensitivity and visual field analysis.
  • Collect, interpret and evaluate information and maintain accurate patient records.
  • To be the sole provider of the Orthoptic service as part of a multi-disciplinary team/ and in co-ordination with other health professionals across the trust.
  • To diagnose, treat and manage new patients referred to the Orthoptist as the initial assessment in the ophthalmic clinic and specialist clinics.
  • To communicate complex diagnosis, treatment and management plans containing sensitive or contentious information where patients and/or carers may have major emotional, physical and psychological problems.
  • To co-ordinate and participate in complex tests with other professions.
  • Manage frequent, unpredictable, verbal immediate referrals from own and other directorates on a daily basis* The post holder shall as necessary provide cover for and undertake duties of absent colleagues.* The post holder shall follow all the policies and procedures of the organis

Person Specification



  • Orthoptic Degree
  • Post-registration Clinical teaching qualification
  • HCPC registration
  • CPD



  • Significant clinical experience
  • Make own clinical and administrative decisions


  • Broad range of experience in specialist Orthoptic areas



  • Manage work autonomously
  • IT skills
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Self directing
  • Ability to work autonomously and as a team
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of patients and carers including those with learning/communication difficulties as well as medical professionals Advanced communication skills to deal with emotional and sensitive/unpleasant situations
  • Gain co-operation in a wide range of ages, ability and understanding.
  • Advanced communication skills to deal with emotional and sensitive/unpleasant situations


  • Ophthalmic clinical skills



  • Committed to delivering a high quality service and developing clinical practice
  • Ability to carry out all the duties of the post
  • Self directing
  • Flexible to meet the service needs
  • Good dexterity and good physical skills


  • Assertive
  • Interest in specialist area

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Mount Vernon Street


L7 8YE

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