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Part time - 7.5 hours per week
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York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Bridlington District Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 pro rata
Salary period
09/12/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Specialist Optometrist - Retinal Treatment Service

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Job overview

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated Optometrist with an interest in retinal disease who would be keen to undertake an extended role in our specialised Retinal Treatment Clinics to help meet the needs of our expanding service.

The AMD/DMO/RVO retinal treatment service is set up at Bridlington Hospital in a bespoke eye unit . 

The successful candidate will work alongside Consultant Ophthalmologists using advanced clinical techniques to undertake assessment of patients with Age related macular degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Macular Oedema (DMO) & Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) prior to intra vitreal treatment.

Practical knowledge of AMD/DMO/RVO and its assessment and treatment are required but relevant training will be given to fulfil the needs of this post.

The post is sessional (7.5 hrs/day).

The successful candidate will need to hold a BSc in Optometry and be registered with the General Optical Council and should have at least 2 years post graduate experience.

Candidates should have an up to date and good practical knowledge of the retina and AMD/DMO/RVO, to include the assessment and treatment of this condition.

Prior knowledge and experience of OCT, its use and interpretation is desirable but not essential. Relevant training will be provided to meet the needs of the position. The successful candidate should be able to work well as part of a team and should have excellent communication skills.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialised advice contributing to the diagnosis, management, education and discharge of patients within the RTC.
  • To work alongside Ophthalmologists in a Consultant led DMO/RVO RTC Service.
  • To undertake a specialist extended clinical optometry role, in the diagnosis and management of patients with DMO & RVO. 
  • To undertake core optometry services within the RTC to include refraction prior to assessment and visual impairment rehabilitation.
  • As an autonomous practitioner to be legally and professionally responsible and accountable for the management of patients in your care and to keep accurate and contemporaneous records.
  • To maintain a high standard or clinical record keeping, in keeping with departmental, legal, and national standards.
  • To be fully conversant and compliant with Data Protection Act, Access to Health Records Act and Trust policies in relation to confidential data.
  • To liaise with and give detailed medical information to the Consultant Ophthalmologists, all members of the Optometric team and other professions as necessary in order to establish a high-quality co-ordinated service.
  • To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Nurses, clerks etc.
  • To utilise Trust’s – Core Patient Database (CPD) and to ensure accuracy of information held on it.



Working for our organisation

York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive range of acute hospital, community and specialist healthcare services for approximately 800,000 people living in and around York, North Yorkshire, North East Yorkshire and Ryedale - an area covering 3,400 square miles, and which includes Scarborough and Bridlington.

Our mission is to be a valued and trusted partner within our care system, delivering safe effective care to the population we serve.

We’re situated in a fantastic part of the country: home to two national parks, a beautiful coastline, and the city of York, which is consistently voted one of the best to live in the UK.

It is our privilege to be the largest provider of healthcare in the region and we are incredibly proud of our 8,500 staff, working across 9 hospital sites, supporting safe, high quality patient-centred care on a day-to-day basis.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For more information, please see the job description attached.

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The Trust is committed to meeting the needs of employees and applicants with a disability or mental health condition. Our support for these schemes includes encouraging applications from people who are disabled or have a mental health condition, offering adjustments to make our application process accessible.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
Please be aware that we are planning for the Covid-19 vaccination to be made mandatory for all patient-facing staff in our organisation from 1st April 2022.  This means that if you haven’t already, you will need to have had a first dose of the vaccine by 3rd February 2022 in order to maintain employment in a patient-facing role, (unless you have a medical exemption).

Person specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • BSc in Optometry
  • GOC registration
Desirable criteria
  • Independant Presciber qualification

Experience & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge in a range of clinical areas in particular DMO & RVO
  • Ability to competently undertake specialist advanced clinical extended roles.
  • Knowledge of OCTs and its use
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of undertaking and interpreting OCT results

Skills & Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Clinical skills required to undertake the job, Slit lamp biomicroscopy, Goldmann Tonometry
  • Ability to operate a range of complex ophthalmic instrumentation.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex information in a range of situations e.g. clinical information to patients and carers, audit presentations
  • Ability to effectively communicate where there are barriers to understanding e.g. patients with learning disabilities and other sensory impairments.
Desirable criteria
  • OCT and its interpretation
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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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Chris Alletson
Job title
Lead Orthoptist
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01723 342057
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