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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/01/2021.

Specialist Orthoptist

Job Reference: 156-2883517

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£38,890 - £44,503 pa pro rata

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Applicant Information Pack document in the 'Further Links' section before applying for this position. This pack will provide you with all the details you need on how to make your application and what happens next. You can also view our Total Reward Package Information for details on our colleague benefits.

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and motivated Orthoptist who will join our team of 3 Orthoptists and 9 Ophthalmologists, including specialists in Paediatric and Strabismus, Oculoplastics, Glaucoma and Vitreo and Medical Retina. Applicants must have a degree/diploma in Orthoptics and current registration with the HCPC.

The post is based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, but you will be expected to travel to single-handed outreach clinics around the county. You must therefore have unrestricted access to a motor vehicle with business insurance in order to travel between sites.

The Orthoptic caseload is extremely varied and provides an interesting mix of adult and paediatric cases including acute cases via the Eye Emergency Clinic. Due to the rural setting of the service you will most often be working singlehandedly. There may also be a requirement for occasional visual field sessions (Humphery and Goldmann) and screening sessions in the hospital and school, including schools for children with special educational needs.

The post holder will be expected to set up, develop and lead the Orthoptic student placements within the department. To also be the orthoptic lead for the education of optometry students, medical students and the nursing team.

Continuing professional development is actively encouraged and we have audit and journal club program.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital is located in Truro, the cobbled, cathedral capital of Cornwall. With great shopping, art galleries and restaurants Truro offers easy access to the county’s stunning coastline, peaceful countryside, lush valleys and beautiful estuaries. For those interested in an active lifestyle, Cornwall also has some of the best water sports and costal treks anywhere in the country.

This is a full time post working 37.5 hours per week. Part time applications will be considered.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Faye Gibson - Head Orthoptist on Tel: 07557 084822. Or email:

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