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NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
8 months (fixed term until 31.08.22)
Part time - 20.62 hours per week (20.62 hours per week)
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Royal Stoke
Stoke on Trent
£25,655 - £31,534 Pro rata
Salary period
27/01/2022 23:59

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

From 1st April 2022 all NHS workers in England with face to face contact with patients must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Only those with medical exemptions will be excluded from this requirement. Please consider this mandatory requirement when applying for this position.

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview


Applications are invited for 0.55  wte  -8 month fixed term contract (end date 31.08.21) B5 Orthoptic post   based at the Royal Stoke University Hospital (RSUH) - services provided at RSUH, community outreach clinics and orthoptic led vision screening.

The post holders will work alongside 10 orthoptists, 5 orthoptic assistants, 3 clerical staff and will work closely with 2 paediatric Consultant Ophthalmologists - as well as 8 other consultant ophthalmologists.

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated applicants, capable of working individually and as part of a team. The post holder will gain a wide range of clinical experience including paediatric, SEN, adult ocular motility, trauma / Max Fax, Stroke and neuro-ophthalmology assessment including Goldmann visual fields.

Main duties of the job

The department is an HCPC validated training centre for undergraduate orthoptists - a qualification in this area would be  desirable. 

We strongly value lifelong learning and we actively encourage CPD and evidence based practice & research.   

You must hold a degree or diploma in orthoptics and be registered with the HCPC.


Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.

We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached JD and PS for further details on the duties and responsibilities or contact either Fiona Clements / Karen Matthews  on 01782 674333.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSC or equivalent in Orthoptics
  • registration with HCPC
Desirable criteria
  • driving licence


Essential criteria
  • 2 years orthoptic experience- can include undergraduate study
Desirable criteria
  • previous teaching experience


Essential criteria
  • worked as part of a team
  • presentation,
  • audit/research experience
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Karen Matthews
Job title
Head Orthoptist
Telephone number
01782 674333
Additional information

If you would like to discuss this post please call Fiona Clements / Karen Matthews  01782 674333.