Senior Optometrist - Band 7 - London

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Job Purpose

  • To participate in the delivery of the ophthalmology service in the areas of Age-related Macula Degeneration (AMD) and the ophthalmology injection clinics
  • To participate in the diabetic retinopathy service, glaucoma service and post-operative care
  • To participate in the eye emergency services
  • To participate in the delivery of highly specialist ophthalmic services and extended roles that meet the changing needs of the department
  • To participate in research and clinical audit as required by the WXUH Ophthalmology service
  • The post-holder will be required to work autonomously and make clinical decisions using his/her own initiative as well as liaising with the Supervising Consultant Ophthalmologist/s

Location: Whipps Cross University Hospital

Reports to: Head Orthoptist, Whipps Cross (WX) & Newham Hospital (NUH) sites

Responsible to: Head Orthoptist, WX & NUH sites & Supervising Consultant/s

What experience and skills do you need?

The suitable candidate must have these following skills and experience:


  • Hospital ophthalmology clinical attachment or experience elsewhere
  • Community eye service experience
  • Sound clinical experience and judgment underpinned by specialist theoretical knowledge base
  • Knowledge/understanding of the optometry profession


  • Developed knowledge of current best practice in Optometry in the relevant setting
  • Understanding legal responsibilities of the profession and the associated code of ethics
  • Keen to invest in continued professional development
  • Audit and research experience & knowledge
  • Demonstrates understanding of clinical governance
  • Knowledge of MS Office (including Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Keyboard skills
  • Knowledge of Cerner Millennium/equivalent system
    Knowledge of electronic patient records e.g. Medisoft Ophthalmology


  • MOptom (master of Optometry) specialist optometry degree, achieving all General Optical Council competencies
  • BSc(Hons)Ophthalmic Optics or Optometry (2i or above), completion of 12-month clinical postgraduate training post and achievement of all General Optical Council competencies as assessed by the College of Optometrists
  • Registration with the General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Further postgraduate Optometric qualification relating to highly specialist aspects of clinical and technical expertise (taught course)
  • Independent Prescribing qualification (DipIP)


  • Ability to offer super-user status on at least one aspect of specialist optometric instrumentation and/or to undertake extended clinical role
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy and professionalism throughout patient consultations and achieve sound clinical outcome, even when receiving/delivering complex or distressing information 
  • Ability to analyse and prioritise complex medical information to help devise appropriate specialize care plans
  • Knowledge of MS Office (including Word, Excel and Outlook)
  •  Keyboard skills
  • Ability to pass on knowledge and deliver training
  • Ability to undertake highly accurate record keeping using electronic systems
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to organize, plan and prioritise workload
  • Team working and people skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to present information both orally and written in a clear, logical manner
  • Presentation skills
  • Flexible and reliable approach to working patterns
  • Caring and considerate attitude
  • Well motivated and enthusiastic
  • Confident
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Able to carry out moderate to intense effort throughout the working day and carry out concurrent activities with frequent interruptions
  • Demonstrates attention and accuracy to detail
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • Commitment to non-discriminatory practice
  • Professional approach in difficult or emotional situations

Main professional/clinical duties and responsibilities

  • To work autonomously as well as in conjunction with the Consultant Ophthalmologists to provide extended role optometry services.  These include:

    • To undertake retinal examination of patients with suspected retinal conditions eg macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions, proliferative diabetic disease and diabetic and post-operative macular oedema.
    • To support the macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy services by working in close collaboration with the Consultants in the respective medical retinal clinics
    • To provide an important role in the Rapid Access AMD clinic and the Injection clinic alongside the Consultant Ophthalmology and administrative team
    • To provide post-operative cataract and intravitreal injection examination of the anterior and posterior eye.  
    • To provide pre-assessment of patients who need cataract surgery to the fellow eye (when assessed after surgery to the first eye)
    • To undertake examination of patients and management decisions for patients attending the glaucoma clinics
    • To participate in anterior and posterior examinations and management of emergency eye patients in conjunction with the casualty team
    • To provide core optometry skills within the refraction, contact lens and low vision aid clinics
    • To provide investigative techniques such as slit-lamp biomicroscopy , optical coherence tomography scanning (OCT) and indirect ophthalmoscopy to examine patients
    • Liaison with professionals from other disciplines in co-ordinating patient care
    • To possess highly developed skills to accurately operate specialist ophthalmic instrumentation to achieve precise measurements
    • To use highly developed specialist knowledge and analytical skills to interpret specialist ophthalmology test results and act upon these appropriately or discuss with the clinician in clinic
    • To undertake patient telephone and video consultations (Attend Anywhere system) for identified patient groups
    • To prioritise own activity to meet immediate demands, performing under pressure with frequent, unpredictable interruptions e.g. to see emergency patients for diagnostic procedures at the request of medical staff

Key Working Relationships


  • Consultant Ophthalmologists
  • Head Orthoptist
  • Ophthalmology Clinical Lead
  • Ophthalmology medical team
  • Nursing team
  • Optometry & Orthoptic team
  • Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO)
  • Administration teams
  • Ophthalmology management team
  • Ophthalmology Failsafe Officers
  • Pre-registration Optometry students
  • Medical Students



  • DESP Teams
  • General Practitioners (GPs)
  • Social Services

Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.

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