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Job Reference: 421-PSC-0869A

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Orthoptic Department
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Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust is one of only two trusts in Yorkshire and Humber to be awarded HSJ’s Top 100 Best Places to Work. We believe that You Matter Most, and this is reflected in our values of Responsible, Respectful and Passionate. So if you’re looking for an interesting and rewarding career in the NHS, where you can make a real difference to patients’ lives, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust is the place for you. We are proud to be awarded Bronze level Investors in People, which recognises our commitment to developing our staff and is an indication of how you will be treated when you work here.

**Fixed term until January 2021 to cover maternity leave**

Orthoptic Department

Hours: 22.5 Hours/Week
Band: 5 or 6 depending on experience
Salary Scale: Band 5 -£24,214 to £30,112 per annum /Band 6 - £30,401 to £37,267 per annum

Essential Requirements: Degree/Diploma in Orthoptics. HCPC registration.

We are looking for a dedicated, motivated and enthusiastic individual capable of working collaboratively with the Orthoptic team to continually develop our Orthoptic services. Applications are invited from both experienced Orthoptists and new graduates. Newly qualified/less experienced orthoptists will be appointed at Band 5. Preceptorship will be available to those newly qualified.

Based at Harrogate District Hospital, we are a small, friendly team consisting of 5 orthoptists, 3 optometrists, 1 visual field technician and 1 ophthalmic technician delivering Orthoptic and allied services to 6 consultant ophthalmologists (2 consultant paediatric ophthalmologists).

We are an extremely busy department providing all aspects of Orthoptic services to all ages. Our specialist services include stroke, SEN, Orthoptic/optometry shared care clinics, Visual Stress clinics, Orthoptic-led vision screening, and dedicated paediatric and adult ocular motility clinics. The advanced orthoptists play a leading role in the Harrogate IVT service and all orthoptists are involved in ophthalmic imaging. Our department provides dedicated CPD time, weekly ophthalmic teaching sessions, and we actively contribute towards research.

The duties of the Band 6 role will include all Orthoptic services with particular reference to SEN. A minimum of 2 years’ experience is necessary for this post.

Applicants with less experience will be appointed at Band 5 and training, mentorship, and support provided within the orthoptic team.

For more information please contact Fiona Beckett -Head Orthoptist,on telephone number 01423 553452 or (preferably) via email at

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and are signatories of the Mindful Employer Charter which underlines our commitment to enhancing the emotional wellbeing of all staff. This commitment begins when you apply to work at our organisation. We will support individuals through reasonable adjustments both at interview and during ongoing employment. In line with the principles of flexible working and improving work life balance, all advertised full time posts will be considered for job share or part time.

We take pride in being a partner organisation in the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network and are committed to supporting research activity as part of the services we provide. We have research projects running across all specialties which are providing evidence and informing local and national practice.

Applicants who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome, but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates as the employing body will in those circumstances be unable to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test, as required by UKBI.
In view of recent changes to Home Office Immigration Regulations, all applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

All job offers are subject to Agenda for Change T&C’s, excluding medical posts. Offers may also be subject to a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, dependent on the position.

HDFT takes its responsibility for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults seriously. Each member of staff must comply with the HDFT policy, procedures and strategies relating to Safeguarding.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process should you be appointed.

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.

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