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This is a great opportunity to join our busy team. The Orthoptic Department is based at Torbay District General Hospital and also holds clinics in community settings and Special Educational schools . We currently have 6.85 WTE Orthoptists and 13 Consultant Ophthalmologists.

This role will combine the Adults with Learning disabilities and Autism with the Paediatric service plus a mix of Orthoptic cases including emergencies

The candidate must therefore have a current Orthoptic Qualification, recognised by the HCPC. You must be registered with the HCPC.

This post requires experience in advanced Orthoptic assessments with a an ability to adapt testing to specific individual patients needs . It will involve working as a single handed clinician at times ,as well as within a multi-disciplinary team . You should be flexible and have good communication and people skills as you will come into contact with professionals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds

The department conducts joint... clinics with the Ophthalmologists specialising in ocular motility problems, paediatric Ophthalmology and endocrinologist for those patients with Thyroid eye disease.

The Orthoptic Department is very forward thinking with extended roles into clinical decision making in patients with Wet Macular degeneration and, retinal disease, Glaucoma, Corneal Disease and Paediatric Ophthalmology.

The orthoptic department provides Clinical placement for Orthoptic and Optometry Students.
• Leading the Specialist Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities (ALD), co ordinating a local eye care pathway for adults with learning disabilities (ALD) Signposting and acting as liaison for those people with ALD and Autism that are unable to access eye care with a High Street Optometrist,
• Providing Orthoptic Services at Places of residence or day care if unable to access High Street care. Liaising with multidisciplinary team both inside and outside of acute hospital and those people requiring de-sensitisation before a hospital visit.
• Leading the Paediatric Special Educational Needs and Autism service, providing advanced assessment at John Parkes Unit, Special schools and within the community and acute hospital sites.
• In depth understanding Of Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) providing assessment and comprehensive reports to aid understanding of this condition to parents /guardians and carers.
• Making clinical decisions as to when to request registration as Sight Impaired
• Provide Autonomous Orthoptic assessments, making individual diagnosis and treatment plans through to discharge for any patient referred to the Orthoptic service. Facilitating onward referral where necessary
• To provide Advanced Orthoptic Assessments as an Autonomous Practitioner for patients referred to the Orthoptic department including a highly specialist clinical workload as Lead Orthoptist for Autism and Special Educational Needs (SEN) for both Adults (Adults with Learning Disability ALD service) and Paediatric services, working as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team.
• To ensure patients with Autism and Special Educational Needs have equal access to Orthoptic care.
• Will work single handed, including Special schools, Patients own homes, care homes or places of residence /day care for ALD Patients.
• There is a requirement to work at any location across the Trust, this may be acute Hospital or at community sites as required to provide an Orthoptic service, this may be at short notice.
• The post holder will be managed by the Head Orthoptist. Orthoptic Clinical supervision will be provided by the Head Orthoptist
• To be actively involved in the collection of patient clinical data and statistics for the use of the department (e.g., Adults with Learning Difficulties (ALD))
• The post holder will be expected to supervise other members of staff and students as allocated.

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For further details / informal visits contact: Name: Jane Woods Job title: Head Orthoptist Email address: jane.woods@nhs.net Telephone number: 01803655337
Torquay United Kingdom

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