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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/10/2020.


Job Reference: 425-A-20-44353

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum/pro rata

An Optometrist is required immediately to join a friendly team of 14 Orthoptists, 4 Optometrists, 5 Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologists a Staff Grade Ophthalmologist and 6 Paediatric Nurses.

Applications are invited from registered Optometrists who are keen to work with children.

The position offers the opportunity to work in orthoptic/optometry triage clinics and specialised ophthalmic clinics providing refraction and fundus examinations (training in the use of the indirect ophthalmoscope and other techniques available). The department liaises with paediatric specialities within the trust as well as the Genetics team and the Education team for visually impaired children. We also accept undergraduate orthoptic students on placement. This post is at Band 6 with locally agreed recruitment/retention premium applied.

You may be required to attend surgical theatre sessions in order to assist and support the Consultant ophthalmologist if any children require refraction and fundus checks under anaesthetic.

The post may be worked at Sheffield Children’s Hospital or another Trust location.

This post is most suited to experienced optometrists confident and competent in the examination and refraction of very young children.

Sheffield is England's fourth largest city and has the perfect balance between bustling city life and open countryside. The Peak National Park is nearby, putting walking, climbing and all sorts of outdoor pursuits on your doorstep. You'll find all the restaurants, shops and bars you'd expect in such a major city as well as some of the best international sports venues in the country.

For informal enquiries, please contact Julia Ennis, Head Orthoptist or Jon Whittle, Principal Optometrist on 0114 271 7520

All communication throughout the application process will be via e-mail therefore please check your e-mail account and NHS Jobs account regularly. References are also requested by email (where possible). Therefore, to speed up the recruitment process please provide an email address for all referees when completing your application form.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If a DBS check is required for the post you are applying for any offer of employment will be provisional on a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.

In line with other NHS Organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber Region a successful candidate appointed into a post within this Trust will be required to pay the DBS check fee (£45). This is customarily payable over 4 months as a salary deduction once employed by the Trust. If you receive a conditional offer letter, complete your DBS application and later withdraw from the recruitment process, an invoice will be raised via the Trust's finance department to recoup the outlay.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in accordance with the Equal Opportunities policy is committed to treating all individuals equally irrespective of age, race, social background, gender, sexual preference, colour, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, marital status, religion or trade union membership.

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancies earlier than originally stated, if sufficient applications are received.

Please note that Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust do not reimburse any incurred interview expenses.

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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