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Planned Care - Ophthalmology
NHS AfC: Band 3
Part time - 19 hours per week (Will include weekends)
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East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Employer type
Lister Hospital
£20,330 - £21,777 per annum
Salary period
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COVID-19 Vacancy Ophthalmic Technician - LTC Retinal Screening

NHS AfC: Band 3

Here at  East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud to deliver high quality, compassionate care to our community.  


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for 2 ophthalmic technicians to join our progressive ophthalmology team at The East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

These posts are both permanent positions for 19 hours per week.

Working days will be all day  Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-4.30pm and 1 morning 8.30am-12.30pm.  We can be flexible which morning is worked.

You will be employed by the Retinal Screening team but based within the Ophthalmic Imaging Department,  working  as part of a multidisciplinary team of consultant ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nursing and other support staff.  You will be required to work at any of our sites, as required.

This role involves performing diagnostic tests on patients presenting with a variety of eye conditions.

We are looking for 2 reliable people who are able to pay close and accurate attention to detail. They must demonstrate excellent communication skills, be caring, enthusiastic and committed to working as part of a large team dedicated to providing a high quality patient focused care

We offer a supportive and friendly working environment and full training will be provided.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone to perform OCT and other imaging modalities.  Full training and support will be provided.

You must be able to provide high quality personalised care under the guidance and supervision of the imaging team

You will assess visual acuity when required and record the results accurately.  Effective communication skills are vital to ensure patient understanding and compliance.

You will be required to produce accurate imaging,  this requires attention to detail.

You will be required to demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye and be able  identify artefacts of testing, i.e. lid or lens errors and take corrective action and have an understanding of why these tests are carried out and also how these tests are interpreted.

You will also support the Retinal Screening team as and when necessary  therefore you should be able to demonstrate an ability to work flexibly and collaboratively.


Working for our organisation

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general and specialist services we provide and our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible and innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

 We run the following hospitals:

  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients.  We continue to undergo significant transformation and our staff and patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

In the paragraphs above you have read an overview about the role we would like to offer and general information about main duties of the post holder.  Please see attached – job description which describes in full details the duties, responsibilities and reporting relationships of the advertising role.

Main role requirements are below but for the full details please refer to attached a person specification.


To perform OCT scans and other imaging modalities using the departmental OCT machine - Support is however available to resolve any queries which may arise.

To provide high quality personalised care to all patients and service users, under the guidance and supervision of the imaging team.

To assess visual acuity prior to OCT testing, when required, and record the results accurately.

To produce accurate OCT scans and other imaging modalities, by ensuring attention to detail in the setting up of the test and ensuring adequate patient instruction is given and understood.

To Identify artefacts of testing, i.e. lid or lens errors and take corrective action.

Demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye.

To have an understanding of how these tests are interpreted.

To demonstrate effective communication skills to ensure adequate patient understanding and compliance with the test.

To reduce barriers to communication & understanding e.g. hearing loss or impaired cognitive ability, age or disability.

To be responsible for the daily maintenance of the OCT cameras, including maintenance procedures and effective cleaning of surfaces following each patient assessment.

To ensure appropriate positioning of the patient for the test using manual handling in line with Trust policy.

To cope with unpredictable work patterns associated with changing demands.

To implement infection control measures when dealing with patients who have infectious conditions e.g. impetigo, conjunctivitis or MRSA.

To provide admin support to the Imaging team as and when required.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Good standard of education, 5 GSCE A-C or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of education beyond GCSE or equivalent experience in a health related field.

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Working within a team environment
  • Ability to manage own workload
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in a health care environment
  • Ophthalmic experience
  • Experience of using digital imaging systems


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good organisational skills and ability to keep accurate records of work progress
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in working
  • Sympathetic and reassuring manner
  • Good team worker
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Courteous and professional manner
  • Able to work on own initiative under minimal supervision
  • Able to concentrate for prolonged periods
  • Flexible approach to working
Desirable criteria
  • Photography experience


Essential criteria
  • Good general knowledge
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of anatomy of the Eye
  • Understanding of imaging techniques
  • Understanding of eye conditions/treatments

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Applicant requirements

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sue Oliver
Job title
Retinal Screening Manager
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Additional information

Laura Reed-Peck

Screening & Grading Manager

01992 812123

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