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Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Glaucoma
Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Employer type
Buckinghamshire Health Care Trust
Aylesbury/High Wycombe/Amersham
£50,952 - £57,349 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Salary period
28/07/2024 23:59

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Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Glaucoma

Band 8a

Be part of our BHT family

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) is an integrated provider of acute hospital and community services for people living in Buckinghamshire and the surrounding area.

We care for over half a million patients every year:

  • provide specialist spinal services at our world renowned National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the birthplace of the Paralympics
  • nationally recognised for urology and skin cancer services
  • regional specialist centre for burns, plastic surgery, dermatology, stroke and cardiac services
  • deliver community services in health centres, schools, patients’ own homes, community hospitals and community hubs.

More than 6,500 people from different nations, cultures and backgrounds work for us.

We would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options. We strive to be a family friendly, inclusive employer. 

If you require any assistance in making this application, please contact [email protected] or phone 01494 734868.

We pride ourselves in being a great place to work – and invite you to join our BHT family.


Job overview

You will work alongside consultants in patient facing and virtual glaucoma clinics.

Working closely with the multi-professional Glaucoma team, delivering outpatient services , you will liaise with other services within the Ophthalmology department. 

You are a highly skilled clinician with a commitment to professional & personal development & an enthusiasm for complex clinical work and service innovation.  You have a high level of clinical experience in glaucoma which will enable you to work independently & collaboratively in order to deliver excellent care .  Your highly developed specialist knowledge has been evidenced by Higher Qualifications in Glaucoma, which you are actively working towards gaining if you’ve not already completed.

Keen to be fully engaged with the department, and to contribute to team development as well as clinical service delivery, you will be able to provide high quality supervision and teaching as well as actively input into audit and clinical governance. 

 We are a long established and expanding Ophthalmology department.  We work collaboratively with our multi professional team to provide a high level of care for our patients across the county. We strive to provide good working environments & offer flexible working arrangements to maximise job satisfaction.

Main duties of the job

To personally deliver a wide range of highly specialised clinical services and to provide expert opinion and advanced practice. To provide autonomous and collaborative face to face and virtual clinical care in Glaucoma.

To be responsible for the clinical and policy development of the Glaucoma service along with the clinical and department leads.

To be responsible for and participate in clinical audit, teaching and research.

To devise and implement new strategies to meet the demands of the service.

To lead and grow a team of specialist optometrists and nurses to deliver stand alone clinics and support established consultant led clinics.




Working for our organisation


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 What does Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust offer you?

  • As part of our BHT family, you’ll benefit from learning and development opportunities to support your career progression.
  • We offer flexible and agile working opportunities, alongside your NHS benefits of generous annual leave entitlement, pension and access to NHS discount schemes.  
  • We provide a range of health and wellbeing services to promote a healthy, happy workforce.


 Why work for us?

  • We’re committed to promoting inclusion and making sure all colleagues feel they belong. We encourage new colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.
  • As an employer, we aim to create a workplace where differences are valued and colleagues treat one another with dignity and respect.
  • Greater diversity within our BHT family improves positive outcomes for the people and communities we serve.
  • A keen supporter of the Armed Forces Community who know the value of employing a service leaver/veteran and their families.

 What do we stand for?

  • Our vision is to provide outstanding care, support healthy communities and be a great place to work.
  • Our mission is to provide personal and compassionate care every time.
  • Our care values are collaborate, aspire, respect and enable.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For a comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties, please kindly refer to the Job Description and Person Specification by downloading the JD and PS attachment in the advert.

If you are an internal applicant there is the option for secondment, all applicants must have the endorsement/support of their line manager prior to application.

If you have a disability that makes submitting this online application difficult and would like assistance, please contact us on [email protected] quoting the vacancy reference number.


Person specification

Education and Training

Essential criteria
  • BSc Honours degree in Optometry or Batchelor’s Degree in nursing, health or management related studies or BSc in Orthoptics
  • Masters level qualification/ in progress or equivalent experience
  • Be an independent prescriber (or willing to work towards), depending on clinical sub-speciality
  • Registration with the General Optical Council as an Optometrist or First level registered Nurse or Registration with HCPC
Desirable criteria
  • Certified speciality courses or equivalent self-directed learning and experience if no formal qualification available


Essential criteria
  • Broad expert clinical experience relevant to the post, including specialist skills and experience in Glaucoma
  • Experience of running own clinics
  • Minimum of five years’ post-registration experience including work at band 7 or above.
  • Proven track record of significant broad based post-registration experience relevant to the post, including specialist skills and experience in speciality
  • Proven track record of clinical senior management at a senior level in an acute hospital environment including staff/financial and change management.
  • Patient diagnosis based on autonomously performed structured clinical history and appropriate clinical examinations; ordering/performing/interpreting (as appropriate) investigations; prescription of appropriate treatment if applicable; supported by a high standard of documentation.
  • Robust evidence of own continuing personal and professional development.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent theoretical and clinical knowledge and skills applicable to this area of practice.
  • Work as an autonomous practitioner using own initiative, and work as a team member
  • Experience of teaching patients and staff and others
Desirable criteria
  • Be able to work across specific, similar, clinical areas supported by clinical knowledge and expertise
  • Performance of Annual and intermediate Performance Review for junior colleagues


Essential criteria
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of a speciality with a wide range of approaches to the management of patients, demonstrated by advanced clinical reasoning and be able to comprehensively assess patients for risk factors and early signs of illness or deterioration.
  • Ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team; within the organisation and across organisational boundaries
  • To be able to identify and implement systems to promote their contribution and demonstrate the impact of ACP to the health care team and the wider health and social care sector
  • Ability to draw on a diverse range of knowledge in their decision making to determine evidence based therapeutic interventions (which usually involve prescribing medication and actively monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills demonstrating the use of a variety of IT/media skills
  • Evidence of managing clinical services, service innovation and up to date knowledge of clinical policy Plus Successful change management experience and track record of launching new initiatives.
  • Ability to manage change and conflict resolution with positive outcomes by way of negotiation
  • Ability to translate and integrate evidence based research/guidelines into the development of local care pathways.
  • Ability to develop relationships locally, regionally and nationally
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills in sometimes unfamiliar/complex/unpredictable situations. Provide consultancy services to their own and other professions on therapeutic interventions, practice and service development
  • Strong communications skills demonstrated through delivery of presentations and producing articles
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to critically appraise and synthesis the outcomes or relevant research evaluations and audits

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Emily Maynard
Job title
Lead Optometrist
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01296 831860
Additional information

Please contact Emily Maynard  Lead Optometrist ([email protected]) or Anna Mead Glaucoma Consultant ([email protected])  for further information or to arrange a visit to our department.


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