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Band 7
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week (Minimum 15hrs per week, job share and part time options considered)
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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Employer type
Aylesbury/ High Wycombe/ Amersham
£43,742 - £50,056 per annum pro rata
Salary period
28/07/2024 23:59

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Specialist Glaucoma Practitioner Optometrist/Nurse/Orthoptist

Band 7

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

Buckinghamshire Health Care Trust is inviting applications from enthusiastic and motivated clinicians to join our expanding Glaucoma team.

About the role:

This is an exciting new role created to support and grow our glaucoma service as it faces the challenges of increasing demand. 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 also liaise with other services within the Ophthalmology department. 

About you:

You are a highly skilled clinician with a commitment to professional and personal development and an enthusiasm for delivering excellent Glaucoma care.  You have good clinical experience in Glaucoma which will enable you to work  collaboratively in order to deliver excellent care .  Your highly developed specialist knowledge has been evidenced by professional certification in Glaucoma, which you are actively working towards gaining if you’ve not already completed.

About us:

 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 and offer flexible working arrangements to maximise job satisfaction.

Clinics are located at Stoke Mandeville, Amersham and High Wycombe Hospitals. 

Main duties of the job

To undertake assessments of patients who suffer with Glaucoma or ocular hypertension in outpatient clinics. This includes history taking, adherence to drug regimes, intra-ocular pressures measurements using GAT, assessment of the optic nerve head using a volk lens, interpretation of visual fields and OCT and making a decision on management with the support of a consultant ophthalmologist and multidisciplinary team.

To practice within agreed protocols for both department and sub-specialist clinical areas as agreed with Service Leads.
To implement policies in own area of work and to indicate to the lead clinicians and management any improvements that can be made to the running of the sub-specialist service.



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


Essential criteria
  • BSc Hons Optometry or equivalent or Batchelor’s Degree in nursing, health or management related studies or BSc in Orthoptics
  • Masters level qualification/ Prof Cert in glaucoma or in progress or equivalent experience
  • Registration with the General Optical Council as an Optometrist or First level registered Nurse or Registration with HCPC
  • Relevant masters (or higher) level postgraduate qualification(s) or clinical research experience relevant to sub-specialist practice


Essential criteria
  • Highly developed and proven specialist knowledge, at Masters level or above, across multiple areas of specialist clinical practice
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Previous hospital eye service experience
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills; ability to communicate complex, sensitive and potentially conflicting information to patients and other stakeholders in an appropriate manner independent of their level of understanding
  • Ability to empathise regarding loss of sight and prognoses including blindness and threats to general health from systemic disease with ocular/visual manifestations
  • Able to work within a multidisciplinary team & gain credibility and a good rapport with all staff
  • Specialist clinical assessment skills for patients with active and sight-threatening disease in specific areas of clinical practice
  • Specialist ancillary test interpretation skills (e.g. visual function and ocular imaging tests) as used by specialist medical staff
  • Able to reach decisions regarding management of sight threatening disease when guided by knowledge of principles of sub-specialist clinical care and care provision algorithms
Desirable criteria
  • Can teach or; supervise trainees; & address queries from support staff whilst performing clinical duties

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
Head of Optometry
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01296 831868
Additional information

Anna Mead Consultant Ophthalmologist 


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