Allied Health Professionals - Specialist Optometrist

  • Department Optometrist
  • Salary £40,057.00 – £45,839 per annum
  • Closing Date 20/01/2022
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 7
  • Job ref 223-SOP-993
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Part time - 8 hours per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require any individuals employed by the NHS where their role involves patient contact, to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022.  To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.

Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Optometrist to join our friendly and professional Optometry Team at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust. 

We are seeking to appoint a Specialist Optometrist to work in both paediatric and contact lens clinics as well as extended roles within Ophthalmology.

The successful candidate will carry out examinations and procedures requiring a high level of specialisation. Training and support can be provided in the role as required.

You must have current GOC registration and previous experience of working in a hospital setting would be advantageous. The successful applicant must be a qualified Optometrist and have excellent interpersonal skills, team focus and the ability to deliver a high standard of patient care.

 

 

Main duties of the job

To take part in core and extended role clinics as required by the trust including hospital contact lenses, paediatric ophthalmology, medical retina, glaucoma and urgent care clinics.

Refraction: Paediatric and adult examinations, cycloplegic, complex and diagnostic refractions, including babies and patients with specific learning difficulties. 

Provision of general and specialist optical advice to patients, parents and carers and issue prescriptions for spectacles where necessary, giving appropriate detailed instruction and making complex judgements regarding patients’ treatment and needs.

Working for our organisation

The Optometry and Orthoptic Team work across both Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital in Telford. Applicants may be required to work at either site. 

Together with our staff, we have developed a set of Values, which form a framework for a positive and supportive environment for our patients, visitors and staff.  We believe that all candidates should be able to demonstrate and be equally committed in fulfilling these Values to be successful in their application.

In return we offer you a strong commitment to teaching and education, whilst working within a friendly and supportive team who are committed to providing and maintaining high standards of patient care.

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require any individuals employed by the NHS where their role involves patient contact, to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022.  To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria

Degree in Optometry
GOC registration

Desirable criteria

Participation in local schemes such as PEARS or MECS
Completion of higher education modules in ophthalmic sub-specialities

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria

Evidence of CET in accordance with GOC requirements
Experience managing minor eye conditions
Experience in paediatric eye care
Experience and confident in using electronic health records

Desirable criteria

Experience in a surgical setting or hospital work environment

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
 
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
 
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
 
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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