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Band 7 Specialist Orthoptist - Whipps Cross University Hospital

Job Reference: 259-A-21-79350

Barts Health Bank Recruitment

With a turnover of £1.4 billion and a workforce of around 16,000, Barts Health is the largest NHS trust in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers. The Trust’s five hospitals – St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City, including the Barts Heart Centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone and Mile End – deliver high quality compassionate care to the 2.5 million people of East London and beyond.

Recent improvements has led to a stronger focus on providing Safe and Compassionate care to our patients and this has increased opportunities available to learn, develop and expand your career. We believe that providing excellent education, training and development for our staff is essential. We offer a wide range of benefits for example access to childcare vouchers, home-electronic scheme giving you discounted prices for home –electronics, salary sacrifice for cars, season ticket loans and access to staff discount for local restaurants and gyms

So while we are improving, you can too - within a professionally challenging yet exciting environment.

Job Title                                              Specialist Orthoptist (Whipps Cross Hospital)


Area of Work                                      Orthoptics


Employer                                             Whipps Cross University Hospital (Barts Health)


Department                                         Ophthalmology


Location                                              London




Working pattern                                  37.5 hours (10 sessions) weekly


Job Type                                              Fixed Term – 6 months


Staff Group                                         Allied Health Professionals


Pay Scheme                                         Agenda for Change


Pay Band                                            7


Closing Date                                       Monday 21st June 2021


Provisional Interview Date:                Friday 25th June 2021                          




An exciting opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic Orthoptists to join our friendly ophthalmology team at Whipps Cross University Hospital.  These vacancies have arisen as part of our ophthalmology improvement plan and will support service transformation and help address ophthalmology backlogs as a result of the pandemic.


We have 2 full-time fixed term (6-month) Orthoptic vacancies.  We are looking for Orthoptists with good core and extended role experience to work across our medical retina and injection clinics, glaucoma, cataract, paediatric, neuro-ophthalmology and emergency eye services. 


Applications are invited from dynamic and passionate Orthoptists for these posts of Specialist Orthoptist working in an extended role capacity.


Previous experience is essential for this extended orthoptist role. For those interested Orthoptists with less extended role experience, training will be offered and applications will be considered for Band 6 level core work to backfill the team and work in other orthoptic clinics.


You will be based in the Eye Treatment Centre at Whipps Cross University Hospital.  The Eye Treatment Centre is a dedicated unit with a team of 10 Consultants and a large supporting orthoptic, optometry, nursing and technical team.  We cover all ophthalmology specialties including vitreo-retinal, medical retina, glaucoma, cornea, oculo-plastics, paediatrics, neuro-ophthalmology and we also have a busy eye emergency service. 


The working hours are 9 – 5 Monday – Fridays with potential weekend and evening sessions. This is an exciting opportunity to join our vibrant and caring team and be a value member of our forward-thinking work family.


You will be working closely with the other members of the orthoptic and ophthalmology team as well as strong MDT hospital network, GPs, stroke, neurology, paediatrics and emergency teams to provide a high standard of care.


There is protected educational and CPD time provided. This department regularly participates in training healthcare professionals.

You will be supported in your continuing professional development, through the Knowledge Skills Framework. Barts Health NHS Trust has a well-established personal development review and supervision system


Whipps Cross Hospital is within easy reach of central London with good transports and links with Essex.


.A diploma or degree in Orthoptics and registration with the HPC is essential.


If you wish to arrange an informal visit or any general queries about this post, please contact Laura Grant on 020 8535 6710 or email:


Please note that the Trust reserves the right to close vacancies before the stated closing date.


Unfortunately we are unable to acknowledge each application, and therefore if you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date, please consider this to mean that your application has not been successful on this occasion.


In the event of you being short-listed an invite to interview may be sent to you by email via the NHS website.


Please note that Whipps Cross University Hospital is a Non-Smoking Trust.


Whipps Cross University Hospital Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and to child protection.


The Trust aims to ensure as far as is possible that anyone, paid or unpaid, who seeks to work in our organisation and who gains access to children, is safe to do so.


The Trust is committed to the employment and career development of people with disabilities. To demonstrate our commitment we use the Disability Symbol which is awarded by the Employment Service. As a symbol user, we guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the job they are applying for. *If you consider yourself to have a disability, please complete the attached Guaranteed Interview Scheme and send to the relevant persons*

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

As an Equal Opportunities Employer we actively support applications from individuals’ who apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme and will process your application as appropriate.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications has been received and we regret that we are unable to provide notification if your application is unsuccessful.

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Barts Health is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and to child protection. The Trust aims to ensure as far as is possible that anyone, paid or unpaid, who seeks to work in our organisation and who gains access to children, is safe to do so. As such, you may be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Check as part of the recruitment process if appointed to a post with direct access to children or vulnerable adults.

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