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Specialist Optometrist

NHS AfC: Band 7

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NHS AfC: Band 7
Part time hours: 33 hours per week
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£33,222 - £43,041 per annum, pro rata
21/01/2019 23:59

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:.


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

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The friendly, vibrant city of Norwich has excellent social and cultural facilities for all ages, with the Riverside development and large shopping malls.  The surrounding countryside and Norfolk Broads are within easy reach, and is less than 2 hours by train to London.

The post will be based within the Ophthalmology department at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.An opportunity has arisen for an experienced, enthusiastic optometrist with an interest in hospital optometry to provide clinical services within the ophthalmology directorate of this NHS foundation trust. We are seeking a full-time optometrist but will consider applications for part-time work.

The successful candidate will possess excellent clinical and communication skills, will be able to function effectively within a multidisciplinary team, and will be able to demonstrate initiative in delivering a high standard of patient care.

In addition to the ‘core’ hospital optometrist roles within specialist contact lens and low vision clinics, optometrists at this trust also work within a number of ophthalmic clinics in an ‘extended role’ capacity. Optometrists staffing these clinics work with the support of formal clinical protocols which can allow extended role optometrists to manage patients with a significant degree of autonomy. The clinical workload can be tailored to the candidate’s experience and our extended roles are fully supported by the Trust and our consultant ophthalmologist team. Optometrists currently operate in extended roles within the glaucoma, medical retina, paediatric, cataract and research clinics. We have recently developed a new extended role performing anterior segment glaucoma laser procedures, and hope to develop a further role in eye casualty in the near future. The unit has also submitted a business case for a new collagen cross linking service and it is anticipated that optometrists will play a key role within this service.

Previous experience of hospital contact lens and low vision practice would be an advantage, as would be higher qualifications and/or experience relevant to our existing or proposed extended roles. It is anticipated that around half of the sessions for this this post will be devoted to extended role work. As such, previous experience of work in the extended roles referred to above and/or relevant post-graduate qualifications would be an advantage. Appropriate training and supervision will be provided in house.

The Ophthalmology Directorate is based at the Colney site; a £229 million PFI hospital facility which opened in 2001. The unit has 14 Ophthalmic Consultants covering all the main clinical sub-specialties.

Informal enquiries for more information are welcome. 

Hours of Work: Part time hours (up to 33 hours per week).  

Optometry clinic is open Monday-Friday. 

Open for applications: 11th January 2019

Close for applications: 21st January 2019

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dan Rosser - Head of Optometry

Tel: 01603 288017.


If you have problems applying, contact

01603 287578