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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/06/2021.

Advanced Glaucoma Orthoptist

Job Reference: 415-E21-255

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum pro rata

Band 7 Advanced Glaucoma Orthoptist

We would like to recruit a full time Band 7 Orthoptist to join our team of 6 Orthoptists working alongside 5 Orthoptic Assistants, 4 Optometrists and 5 Consultant Ophthalmologists based at North Devon District Hospital.

If you desire a good work-life balance in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this area encompasses two National Parks – Dartmoor and Exmoor, and beautiful world-class beaches enabling a fantastic lifestyle.

We are a small, friendly, dynamic forward thinking department who encourage extended roles and innovative automatous working practices. There will therefore be an opportunity for the successful candidates to build on and gain excellent experience.

The Orthoptic department currently provides general adult and paediatric clinics including patients from eye casualty, neurology, stroke rehabilitation team, secondary vision screening and special school screening. In an extended role capacity we currently support/work in the following clinics: Dystonia/Botox, JIA, AMD, Glaucoma Monitoring and fast track clinics for new glaucoma patients.

The Orthoptic service is provided at the acute hospital base and several community hospital locations therefore the post holder must be able to travel.

Depending on the successful candidate’s previous professional experience the post holder will spend a significant amount of time working in an extended role capacity, supporting the orthoptic led glaucoma service.

The glaucoma aspect of this role will involve working alongside orthoptic assistant colleagues to monitor and managing glaucoma patients. This role will support further development of the glaucoma service and the staff who provide this service.

This post can be developmental and we will consider applications from those with less relevant experience and provide appropriate development, training and mentoring opportunities. Those who do not have relevant experience will be paid at Band 6 rate and progress to Band 7 on completion of the relevant competencies.

Professional development is encouraged and full participation is required in clinical audit, clinical governance sessions, dedicated journal clubs, departmental meetings and courses/ seminars relevant to the role.

Applicants must be registered with the HCPC.

For further information regarding the role please contact Bernadette Goan or Susan Thorne, Joint Head Orthoptists on 01271 322469.

We will provide financial support at the standard rate for travel expenses for those candidates selected to attend for interview.

This post is subject to formal matching. The Band is confirmed but there may need to be some revision to the JD required in the future.

Closing Date: 11 June 2021

This post is being offered as Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust continue to develop our long standing partnership with a view to becoming a single integrated organisation across Eastern and Northern Devon. Working together gives us the opportunity to offer unique and varied careers across our services combining the RD&E’s track record of excellence in research, teaching and links to the university with NDHT’s innovation and adaptability.

Our values guide everything we do. At all times, we aim to:

  • Demonstrate compassion
  • Strive for excellence
  • Respect diversity
  • Act with integrity
  • Listen and support others

Our teams of care professionals work with patients and their families to support peoples’ independence, health and wellbeing. We provide support to avoid hospital admissions, and if an admission is necessary, we try to make each patient’s stay in hospital as short and effective as possible before working with them on a safe discharge home.

In our most recent staff survey, our staff voted us in the top 10% of NHS provider organisations to work for and we also came out as the top provider in the South West for our overall results. Our patients (through the Friends and Family Test) regularly report an average of over 95% satisfaction with our services.

Please note that we may close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applicants.

Pay award due with effect from Thursday 1st April 2021, implementation pending NHS Employers publication.

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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