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Orthoptist -development post

Job Description

South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) has been voted one of the top 100 places to work in the NHS and we have an overall CQC rating of 'Good'. We are one of the most successful NHS Foundation Trusts in the country providing integrated care including mental health, learning disability, social care and community services to culturally and economically diverse communities across Bedfordshire and Essex. We employ approximately 4,500 people and work with a wide range of partners to 'provide services that are in tune with you'.

We are a responsive, innovative and dynamic Foundation Trust delivering leading edge health services in a constantly changing environment. We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospital and community based premises. We have many modern community based resource centres and community facilities to provide local services to local people where possible.

Unlike acute hospital services, Community Health Services, mental health and learning disability services are mainly provided in community settings with defined geographical localities. As a result we operate from various locations across Bedfordshire and Essex.

Band 5/6 Development post-

Permanent 04wte (2 days) with temporary additional hours, 06wte (3 days)

This is a tremendous opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Orthoptist to join our Bedfordshire team of 11 Orthoptists, 4 Orthoptic Support Workers, 2 Optometrists, and 3 Ophthalmologists.

The post offers an interesting and varied caseload across a variety of community settings, and at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, and Moorfield’s at Bedford Hospital. Opportunity includes working in paediatric & adult motility clinics, special school clinics, child development clinics, and assisting in adjustable suture procedures.

We are an accredited department for Orthoptic undergraduates on placement and are involved in the clinical teaching of medical students, junior doctors, pre-registration optometrists and student nurses.

The post holder will be community based at Liverpool Road Health Centre, Luton, with a requirement to travel frequently to hospital and community clinics throughout Bedfordshire.

Orthoptists have protected CPD time and comprehensive training courses are available for all aspects of the job.

The post is suitable for an Orthoptist either with some experience who wishes to consolidate this and develop further, or for a newly qualified Orthoptist. The applicant must hold a degree or diploma in Orthoptics and be registered with the HCPC. Membership of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society is essential.

To arrange an informal visit or for more information please contact Caroline Doherty, Orthoptic team leader (Luton & South Beds), on Tel  ( Phone number removed )  or  ( Phone number removed )  in the first instance.



As a newly appointed employee you are responsible for incurring the cost of your initial DBS check relevant to your post, the amount will be deducted from your first salary with the Trust.

Applications for Job Share are positively welcomed

Our Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of using mental health services. We also hold the Disability two tick symbol and have made the pledge to commit to employing more people with learning disabilities, we encourage people with a disability to apply. If you require this application form in another format i.e. Braille or audio tape etc, please contact the Recruitment Department on  ( Phone number removed )  or email ( Email address removed ) and we can arrange for this to be dispatched to you.

The Trust has the right to expire vacancies prior to closing date if they so wish.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to robust safer recruitment processes.

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 (formerly a Work Permit)

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.

UK Registration

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