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Specialist Orthoptist

Job Reference: 359-SS5752-A

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Planned Care
Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone
£26,565 - £35,577 pa pro rata

Applications are invited from an enthusiastic Orthoptist to join our friendly team of 14 Orthoptists, 14 Ophthalmologists and 7 hospital Optometrists based in the purpose built eye clinic at Maidstone General Hospital serving a population of approximately 900,000 within the Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Medway and Swale areas.

Post graduate clinical experience is preferable but not essential – newly qualified graduates are welcome to apply and start as a Band 5 progressing to a Band 6 after successfully working through preceptorship competencies.

The Orthoptists at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust have an interesting and varied workload with 2 Ophthalmologists who specialise in ocular motility. This post includes BTXA clinics, joint Orthoptic and Ophthalmology paediatric and oculoplastic clinics, general Orthoptic clinics and supporting the busy emergency eye service. This involves working at Maidstone Hospital and Medway Hospital so a current clean driving license and access to a car is essential.

The Orthoptic department is an accredited clinical placement for Liverpool and Sheffield University Orthoptic undergraduates and is also actively involved in teaching other professionals such as pre-registration Optometrists. An interest in developing teaching skills or a teaching qualification is therefore preferable.

The Orthoptists have extended roles in SLD, SEN, VI, stroke and glaucoma and with encouragement from the departments Orthoptic clinical tutor we regularly participate in department audit, research, journal clubs, clinical governance and training days for CPD.

You must hold a degree or diploma in Orthoptics and be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at enhanced level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

Closing Date: Midnight, Friday 23rd February 2018

Interviews: Monday 12th March 2018

For further details / informal visits contact:

Helen Rogers, Head Orthoptis
01622 226304

Mrs Dani Dudley, Deputy Head Orthoptist
01622 226236

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We support staff to develop and have great opportunities for career progression. We take equality and diversity seriously and work with Stonewall to embed an inclusive and accepting culture for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff. We are committed to supporting the delivery of the Equality Act to eliminate discrimination, harassment or victimisation of applicants and staff with protected characteristics.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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