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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/07/2020.


Job Reference: 358-2475731-MSK-RK

University Hospitals of Leicester
University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester
£31,365 - £37,890

We require an enthusiastic and motivated orthoptist with clinical experience to join our team of 15 orthoptists. The Ophthalmology Unit in Leicester employ 26 Consultant Ophthalmologists including 4 paediatric ophthalmologists with a specialist interest in neuro-ophthalmology.

The Orthoptic Department sees a wide range of patients, including complex thyroid, neurology and other ocular motility disorders and receives referrals from other specialties including, maxillofacial, endocrinology and paediatrics. Combined care paediatric clinics are held with the orthoptists and optometrists working closely together to manage new patients.

Extended roles include Goldmann and Humphrey visual field testing, biometry, intra-ocular pressure measurements, orthoptic-led pituitary clinics and orthoptic-led paediatric cyst clinics. We have a dedicated team of orthoptists, optometrists and consultants providing a specialised service for paediatric cataract patients.

The Orthoptic Department also provides services in peripheral community hospitals in both Leicestershire and Rutland. As well as orthoptic clinics the orthoptists work in conjunction with the ophthalmologists in general ophthalmology clinics and cataract clinics.

University Hospitals of Leicester is a clinical placement centre for undergraduate orthoptists and regularly has students on placement. Clinical teaching for medical students and pre-registration optometrists is a routine part of the work.

This role is intricate to the delivery of the service and candidates will be expected to work closely with other departments within the Trust to provide high quality, holistic patient centred care. Due to the large volume of activity, there may be some evening and weekend work.

Applicants must hold either a degree or diploma in orthoptics recognised by the HCPC and HCPC registration. If you have the drive to provide an excellent patient experience, and enthusiasm for personal and professional development, we are waiting to hear from you.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Hanish Chauhan (Head Orthoptist) or Shenika Tailor (Deputy Head Orthoptist): 0116 258 5277/5777


We will close vacancies prior to the published closing date if we receive a sufficient number of application forms.

Preference will be given in the first instance to existing NHS employees within the East Midlands healthcare community who are ‘at risk’ of redundancy. Such employees within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust will be considered first.”

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Correspondence regarding your application will be sent to you by email via a TRAC system account.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We especially welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria for the job will be interviewed if you indicate you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you require a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible.

Appointments will be made on merit.

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If this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) .

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-EEA candidates may not be appointed, if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is successful. This is due to the fact that it is unlikely the Trust would be able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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

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