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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/09/2019.

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Specialist Optometrist

Job Reference: 358-1858236-MSK-SW

University Hospitals of Leicester
Ophthalmology, Leicester Royal Infirmary
£30,401- £43,772

Leicester Royal Infirmary is part of University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust and the Department of Ophthalmology provides a centre of excellence for ophthalmic care in the East Midlands . We foster a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to our services.

This is an established post specifically designed for an Optometrist wishing to expand and consolidate their knowledge and skills in Hospital Optometry. The post will involve some sessions in eye casualty / pre triage and working alongside consultants in other sub specialities within Ophthalmology.

Core clinical roles include refraction, medical contact lens practice and low vision services, paediatric and genetics services.

Existing extended roles may include work in glaucoma, cornea, uveitis and cataract clinics.

The Optometry Unit is a well-established and significant service provider to the Department and is undergoing a period of expansion and development .

You must hold a degree in Optometry and be registered with the General Optical Council. Previous hospital experience would be an advantage but is not essential.

The Optometrist will be appointed at Band 6 and will perform clinical work appropriate to
their level of experience , mainly core optometry clinics . They will also be given a
supportive introduction to clinical research, teaching and clinical audit . With training and
supervision they will proceed through a period of preceptorship (minimum 2 years). On
satisfactory completion of appraisal and competency assessment they will be upgraded to
Band 7.

If you have the relevant experience you will be appointed to band 7 immediately.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Muhammed Kathrada- Ophthalmology Service Manager

We will close vacancies prior to the published closing date if we receive a sufficient number of completed application forms.

Preference will be given in the first instance to existing NHS employees within the East Midlands healthcare community who are ‘at risk’ of redundancy. Such employees within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust will be considered first.”

Important Information

Applications will be transferred to TRAC system, by completing an application you are giving authorisation for the transfer of your data.

Correspondence regarding your application will be sent to you by email via a TRAC system account.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We especially welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria for the job will be interviewed if you indicate you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you require a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible.

Appointments will be made on merit.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

If this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) .

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-EEA candidates may not be appointed, if a suitably EU/EEA candidate is successful it is unlikely that the Trust is able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

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. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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