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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/04/2019.

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Lead Orthoptist - Glaucoma

Job Reference: 415-AJ19-123ND

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
£37,570 to £43,772 per annum pro rata

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and experienced Orthoptist to join the innovative and diverse Ophthalmology Department at North Devon District Hospital. Applications are invited from enthusiastic and motivated candidates to join our friendly and dynamic team of Orthoptists to work in this busy and expanding service.

The successful candidate will join our team of 6 Orthoptists working alongside 5 Orthoptic Assistants, 4 Optometrists and 5 consultant Ophthalmologists based at North Devon District Hospital.

In addition to overseeing and developing the Orthoptic Led Glaucoma service the post holder will be required to work in core Orthoptic adult and paediatric services. The post holder will spend a significant amount of time working alongside 3 Orthoptic colleagues, who work in an extended role capacity, supporting the glaucoma service.

The Orthoptic department currently provides general adult and paediatric clinics including patients from eye casualty, 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. There will be opportunities to participate in other extended roles depending on experience and service requirements.

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

This post offers an excellent opportunity for an Orthoptist, with relevant experience, to take on a Lead position enabling the post holder to develop the role and the service. Although this is a band 7 post there is a potential opportunity for appointment at a band 6 developmental role for suitably qualified and experienced candidates. The successful candidate appointed into a developmental role will be appointed at Band 6 moving to Band 7 on completion of competencies set by the manager and the Lead Glaucoma Ophthalmologist.

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 hold a degree or diploma in Orthoptics and be registered with the HCPC.

For further information regarding the role please contact Bernadette Goan, Head Orthoptist on 01271 322469.

Closing Date – 29/04/2019

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.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information and to self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship, please visit the UK Border Agency website. Note: we will be unable to obtain Tier 2 sponsorship for Bank positions.

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

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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