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Orthoptist Band 6

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Band 6




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Southampton General Hospital




£33,706 - £40,588 pa

Salary period



15/02/2023 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

As a result of promotion, we have a vacancy for a full-time band 6 orthoptist. Students qualifying in Summer 2023 are invited to apply, but would be appointed at band 5 for the first year. Ophthalmology services in Southampton are expanding rapidly, and this is an exciting time to join our unit, with a wide variety of clinical orthoptics, and opportunities for development into extended roles.

You will be joining a friendly and supportive team of 13 orthoptists, working closely with three paediatric ophthalmologists, an ocular motility specialist, a neuro-ophthalmologist, optometrists, vision scientists and a dedicated reception and administration team.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do

Depending on your experience, you will undertake a varied orthoptic clinical role, including specialist paediatric, ocular motility, nystagmus and neuro- ophthalmology clinics, and orthoptic input to botulinum clinics for strabismus and adjustable suture procedures. There will also be the opportunity at band 6 level to train to deliver intra-vitreal injections for patients with age- related macular degeneration.

Audit and continuing professional development are encouraged in the department, and we have regular teaching sessions. We are a placement centre for orthoptic undergraduate students, and depending on your experience, you would be a clinical tutor.

What we're looking for

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates, keen to develop their orthoptic and ophthalmology skills and to provide excellent care to our patients.

Some Saturday and evening work may be required.

The Department supports the BIOS Preceptorship Scheme.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Friday 24 February 2023

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria
  • BSc/Diploma in Orthoptics
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Desirable criteria
  • Clinical teaching qualification
  • Qualifications Essential criteria
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience Essential criteria
  • Experience of clinical orthoptics
  • Experience of clinical teaching
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience in specialised orthoptic clinics
  • Experience of supervising orthoptic under-graduate students
  • Audit experience
  • Skills Essential criteria
  • Skills in clinical orthoptics
  • Skills in clinical reasoning and decision making
  • Effective communicator – written and verbal
  • IT literate
  • Ability to work in a team and autonomously
  • Special requirements Essential criteria
  • Flexibility in covering clinics as required
  • Reliable including good timekeeping
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Values Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

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    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 501.6KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 208.0KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Elizabeth O Flynn

    Job title

    Head Orthoptist

    Email address

    [email protected]

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    023 8120 4789
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