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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/09/2019.

Specialist Optometrist

Job Reference: 234-19-S1429-A

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum, pro rata

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team.

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:

People-focused: We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.

Respect: We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.

Integrity: We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.

Dedication: We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.

Excellence: We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital.

Wish you were here..? Take a look at our recruitment brochure under the 'Further links' section to find out more about our Hospital and what we have to offer

The friendly, vibrant city of Norwich has excellent social and cultural facilities for all ages, with the Riverside development and large shopping malls. The surrounding countryside and Norfolk Broads are within easy reach, and is less than 2 hours by train to London.

The post will be based within the Ophthalmology department at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. An opportunity has arisen for an experienced, enthusiastic optometrist with an interest in hospital optometry to provide clinical services within the ophthalmology directorate of this NHS foundation trust. We are seeking a full-time optometrist but will consider applications for part-time work.

The successful candidate will possess excellent clinical and communication skills, will be able to function effectively within a multidisciplinary team, and will be able to demonstrate initiative in delivering a high standard of patient care.

In addition to the ‘core’ hospital optometrist roles within specialist contact lens and low vision clinics, optometrists at this trust also work within a number of ophthalmic clinics in an ‘extended role’ capacity. Optometrists staffing these clinics work with the support of formal clinical protocols which can allow extended role optometrists to manage patients with a significant degree of autonomy. The clinical workload can be tailored to the candidate’s experience and our extended roles are fully supported by the Trust and our consultant ophthalmologist team. Optometrists currently operate in extended roles within the glaucoma, medical retina, paediatric, cataract and research clinics. We have recently developed a new extended role performing anterior segment glaucoma laser procedures, and hope to develop a further role in eye casualty in the near future. The unit has also recently had a business case approved for a new collagen cross-linking service and it is anticipated that optometrists will play a key role within this service.

Previous experience of specialist contact lens and low vision practice would be an advantage. It is anticipated that around half of the sessions for this this post will be devoted to extended role work. As such, previous experience of work in the extended roles referred to above and/or relevant post-graduate qualifications would be an advantage. Appropriate training and supervision will be provided in house. Funding is available for higher qualifications relevant to the roles described above.

The Ophthalmology Directorate is based at the Colney site; a £229 million PFI hospital facility which opened in 2001. The unit has 14 Ophthalmic Consultants covering all the main clinical sub-specialties.

Informal enquiries for more information are welcome.

** full and part time hours available ** - please state on your application form how many hours you would be interested in. Optometry clinic is open Monday - Friday.

Open for applications: 16th September 2019

Close for applications: 26th September 2019

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dan Rosser - Head of Optometry

Tel: 01603 287017


The Job Description provides details of responsibilities and requirements for this role. Please use your supporting statement to demonstrate how you meet the person specification.

DBS: If this post involves working with children or vulnerable adults the application form will ask for information regarding previous convictions as you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record and Barring Check known as a DBS check.

If you are a new employee or registering with the Staff Bank you will need to meet the cost of this unless your salary is less than point 9 of AfC.

NHS Service: Should you be appointed to the post we will need to establish any previous NHS service via the ESR IAT and we will accept the submission of your application as your agreement to this.

Tier 2 Sponsorship – (not apprenticeships): We are pleased to consider applicants who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK but it is unlikely that we would be able to appoint if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available.

UK Registration: You will need to have current UK professional registration where this is a requirement of the role.

Application: All our communication with you regarding your application will be by e-mail so please check your e-mails (and Spam) regularly.

We value equality in our team and recruit from all sections of the community. We recognise there is a wealth of talent among people who have a disability and if you meet the minimum criteria detailed in the person specification and have a disability, you may wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme by indicating this in the relevant section on your application.

Data Protection: A privacy notice detailing how we will handle your data is attached to this advert as a document. Your application will be transferred to our recruitment management system (Trac) once the advert has closed and you will receive notification then detailing how Trac will handle your data.

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.

UK Registration

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

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