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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 08/11/2021.


Job Reference: 284-21-DSRG-955

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
284 NG Orthoptics
Birmingham Children's Hospital
£25,655 to £31,534 pa

If you are Ambitious, Brave and Compassionate there has never been a more exciting time to join our team. Ambitious and proud to provide world-class care everyone who works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust team plays an important role in making our hospitals the incredible places they are. Our vision is to build a world leading team to deliver world class care.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are committed to creating the best place to work, where all staff can reach their full potential. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and welcome and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. We look forward to receiving your application.

A permanent Band 5 job opportunity has arisen to join our team, on a full-time basis.

The successful applicant will be joining a multi-disciplinary clinical team of 4 Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologists, 2 clinical fellows, 2 junior doctors, 3 optometrists, 14 orthoptists and 3 nurses who all work closely together to deliver care to our children and young people.

Our patient cohort encompasses large numbers of difficult conditions which are often seen in specialist clinics including retinoblastoma, paediatric cataract, uveitis, glaucoma, neuroophthalmology,cilliopathy and rare diabetes, retinal, craniofacial, contact lens, inherited metabolic diseases. As a result we have embraced the extended diagnostic support role of the orthoptist to include IOP pressure measurement, fundus and digital photography and Optical Coherence Tomography together with the development of orthoptic led clinics.

You will be expected to participate in orthoptic, refraction, and general and specialist ophthalmology clinics with involvement in the diagnostic support role. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in the departments training of pre- registration optometrists, medical students and other health professionals.

CPD is actively promoted within the department and time is provided for administrative duties.

A degree/diploma in Orthoptics and registration with the HPC is essential. Please see the job description/ person specification.

For informal enquiries please contact: Laura Ramm, Acting Head Orthoptist on 0121 333 9467 or email on

BWC is committed to inclusion and diversity. Please ensure that you review the person specification for this post prior to applying as this is what you will be shortlisted against. If you believe your experience means you meet the criteria, please draw this out in your application.

We would encourage all applicants to apply early as this vacancy may close earlier than the stated closing date once we receive sufficient applications. We do not accept cv’s (with the exception of consultant posts). Please be aware that any false information on your application form can lead to withdrawal of any offer of employment, disciplinary action and/or a criminal conviction.

As this post involves a regulated activity you will be required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and where appropriate to the role, include information against the Independent Safeguarding Authority barred lists for working with children and/or adults.

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