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Specialist Orthoptist

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
26 Jul 2024

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Other allied health
Band 5
Full Time
The post will be primarily based at Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary, which is on the site of New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton but the postholder will also be expected to undertake clinics at Cannock Eye Centre, on the site of Cannock Chase Hospital.

Main duties of the job

Duties will include a varied Orthoptic case-load plus specialist ocular-motility, paediatric ophthalmology and strokeclinics Receiving secondary & tertiary referrals, primary & secondary screening visual screening in clinics, schools & special schools.

The department provides undergraduate placements for Sheffield & Liverpool Universities. CPD opportunities are available via regular departmental reflective practice, audit & funding for external courses.

A diploma/degree in Orthoptics and HPC registration is essential. The postholder will be expected to travel between the hospital sites at New Cross Hospital and Cannock Chase Hospitaland various locations in the community to carry out clinics and visual screening.

The post would be suitable for an orthoptist, with at least 1 year's post-graduation clinical experience. Newly Qualified orthoptists are welcome to apply but will be paid at band 5.

The successful applicant will need to be prepared to work compressed hours which will require undertaking some evening clinics. The working pattern will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

About us

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve. We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfil our values, improve quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We're passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.We are delighted that we have been rated as Good by CQC. We have achieved numerous awards The Nursing Times Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff in 2020.The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests from applicants who wish to work flexibly.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To assess, diagnose treat & manage patients referred to the Orthoptic service in the acute unit and community settings and to develop an effective treatment plan.

Where appropriate, receive referrals from, and make referrals to:

Other health professionals, including Ophthalmologists, Optometrist and Paediatricians

Other agencies, including Educational Support Services for the Visually Impaired and Social Services Visual Rehabilitation Teams

To undertake a clinic manager's role on rotation, overseeing the operation of daily clinics.

To perform Visual Field testing on Humphrey & Goldmann perimeters on patients referred by ophthalmology or neurology specialities .

To see full list of duties and main responsibilities, please refer to the full job description attached to the vacancy on the Trust website.

Person Specification

Degree in Orthoptics


  • 1 years post-graduation experience


  • Single handed specialist hospital based clinics
  • Experience of a specialist case load
  • Additional experience at post graduate diploma level

Patient Communication


  • Ability to amend nature of communication for high caseload of special needs/learning difficulties
  • Ability to communicate information and prognosis for a range of health defects including visual impairment, which may be of a sensitive nature and have consequences for patients' education, career and lifestyle.

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust


Eye Infirmary, New Cross Hospital


WV10 0QP

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