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Specialist Orthoptist

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for a part time band 6 orthoptist to work as part of our dynamic team of five orthoptists, thirteen consultant ophthalmologists and three optometrists. You will be involved in all aspects of the Orthoptic Service, which includes both Paediatric and Adult strabismus services, with opportunities to develop skills in extended roles within such areas as SEN, JIA and Stroke. While the post is advertised as a band 6, we would be happy to consider applications from newly qualified orthoptists, who would be offered a band 5 to 6 run through.

The hospital is a busy district teaching hospital, with links to the Medical School and the University of East Anglia. Our department is also committed to the teaching and supervision of undergraduate orthoptic students. The department fully supports continued professional development and is active in audit and research.

Norfolk is a wonderful place to live and work, with scenic coastlines, open countryside, rural villages, the picturesque Norfolk Broads. The city of Norwich with all the facilities of a major commercial and thriving cultural centre still manages to be a friendly and easy-going place to live, and despite its medieval architecture, the city has a vibrant and youthful outlook.

Part time: 22.5 hours per week

Interview date: 8th August 2024

Main duties of the job

To provide comprehensive, high quality Orthoptic services as an autonomous practitioner and to work as an effective member of the Orthoptic team in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with ocular motility disorders and amblyopia to develop and monitor effective treatment plans using specialist skills based on clinical and analytical reasoning and using evidence-based practice.

To participate in the clinical supervision of undergraduate orthoptic students as required.

A degree or diploma in orthoptics and State registration with the HCPC is essential.

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH's 'PRIDE' values of People focused, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence and demonstrate behaviours that support and encourage an inclusive culture.

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To take sole responsibility for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of Orthoptic patients referred to the Eye Clinic as a member of the Orthoptic team, using current evidence-based practice. This requires knowledge and interpretation of professional guidelines and includes inpatients and outpatients attending the Orthoptic clinic
  • To have excellent and highly developed communication skills with all staff, patients, and parents/ carers of patients.
  • To utilise a range of verbal and non-verbal (e.g., Makaton sign language) mechanisms in the assessment and communication of treatment plans to patients and parents / carers, in order to progress visual improvement. This will include patients who may have difficulty in understanding, e.g., pre-verbal children, stroke victims, hearing impaired patients, and those with special needs / learning disability.
  • To be aware of barriers to communication and be able to overcome them effectively. For example, with the partially sighted, non-verbal infants, learning disabled patients, those with expressive language disorders (stroke patients), hearing impairments, or whose first language is not English.
  • To determine the diagnosis, prognosis, and management of Orthoptic cases where clinical signs and symptoms are highly complex, may be sensitive and emotive, and do not always fall into categories and/or where information is limited or unavailable and there may be significant barriers to acceptance and understanding
  • To provide a service that enables each patient to obtain the best visual function including visual acuity, binocular vision, ocular movements, and ocular cosmetic appearance as appropriate.
  • To explain the details of (confidential) medical conditions which may be highly complex and sensitive, to gain acceptance for treatment, and motivate or persuade patients/ parents to comply with treatment programmes. This requires a holistic and tactful approach where patients or parents have no knowledge of the ocular defects associated with a particular medical condition, and / or have difficulty accepting the diagnosis.
  • To communicate the initial actual or potential diagnosis which may be of a distressing nature requiring sensitive, careful explanation of highly complex information, either to the parent or carer of a child, or to an adult patient
  • To ensure that each patient is seen professionally, efficiently, and effectively
  • To ensure that each patient receives the highest standard of care, taking into account the interpretation of a broad range of specialised clinical options, working as an autonomous practitioner
  • To provide a service that enables each patient to obtain the best visual function including visual acuity, binocular vision, ocular movements, and ocular cosmetic appearance as appropriate.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • To possess Batchelor of Science in Orthoptics BSc(Orth) BMedSci (Orthoptics) or Diploma from British Orthoptic Council (DBO).
  • To be registered with Health and Care Professions Council.


  • Attendance on BIOS Clinical Tutors Course



  • Extensive experience in all aspects of clinical Orthoptics

Attitude, aptitude


  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



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