Ophthalmic Technician
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Company : Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Job Location : Exeter, UK

Posted on : Thu, 30 Jul 2020 18:35:45 GMT

Job Description :

We offer a fantastic benefits package with competitive pay rates with annual increases, annual leave of 27 days increasing to 33 days after 10 years, access to the NHS Pension Scheme to which you and the Trust contribute. Our Medical workforce has separate arrangements. Alongside this there are extensive training development opportunities with paid mandatory training, support for flexible working and access to an On-site Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ Nursery. We promote a healthy work life balance, provide an Occupational Health Service to support you at work and have a number of NHS discounts available either directly through ourselves or online through NHS Discounts. As part of our recruitment process we can tell you more about our benefits package and you will see that we offer everything you would expect and more!

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides Acute and Community services across Exeter and East Devon serving a population of more than 450,000 people. In our latest CQC full inspection of our services, the RD&E received an overall rating of “good”. We were rated as “outstanding” for our Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trustwide.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the joint best performing non-specialist Trust in the country for overall patient experience of care in the 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) Adult Inpatient Survey.

The main hospital site is in the historical Cathedral city of Exeter that has abundant family amenities and beautiful surrounding countryside. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links. Good educational facilities such as the University of Exeter and good Ofsted rated schools are available locally. Our Community sites are equally well positioned and are a good place to work.

Enjoy a good quality of life in the South West and be part of our caring workforce.

An exciting opportunity for a Band 3 Ophthalmic Technician has arisen within the Glaucoma Unit at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust on a 12 month fixed term basis. We are seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated, highly motivated and adaptable person who is committed to providing the highest standards of care for our patients.

The Glaucoma team is made up of Registered Practitioners and Technicians and is overseen by our Glaucoma Lead nurse and Consultant Ophthalmologists who provide supervision and support to this service. Together the team provides 12,000 outpatient appointments per year.

The post holder will assist in providing care for patients with glaucoma, ocular hypertension and patients monitored as a glaucoma suspect. We provide outpatient services primarily at our Heavitree hospital site but also within the West of England Eye Unit at Wonford and in community hospital settings.

The post holder will be flexible, able to manage own workload and adapt to the changing requirements of the service as it develops. The role will be based at our Heavitree location but the post holder will be required to occasionally work at the locations stated above.

The hours of work are:

37.5hours per week -over4 days with the possibility of weekends

Role requirements:

  • Work alongside the Glaucoma team in the day to day running of clinics, carrying our relevant diagnostics examinations
  • Add Undertake diagnostic tests such as, visual acuity assessment, digital stereoscopic optic disc photography, Retinal & optic disc topography scans and automated Humphrey visual field assessment.
  • Addressing patient queries effectively to offer support and reassurance
  • Support family members of patients to enable a smooth and positive experience for the patients and their families
  • Clean, prepare and assemble equipment prior to and during treatment
  • Prepare all areas prior to any clinical activities ensuring equipment is checked ready for use
  • Ensure equipment is stored correctly
  • Assist with stock control

This is an excellent opportunity to join a great team within this expanding, exciting organisation.The Successful applicant will be supported by the Glaucoma team with a competency based training program.

(This is a fixed term contract for 12 months. For current NHS Employees this post could be a secondment opportunity)

Our vision is to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our Trust values. Our Trust values are:
Honesty, Openness & Integrity
Inclusion & Collaboration
Respect & Dignity

***Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.***


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The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will contact previous employers to confirm employment history to cover a period of at least 3 years. The Trust is only able accept written references; these will be requested via email. One of your referees must be your current line manager and all references must cover the previous three years work or study history.

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 Border Agency 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 UK Border Agency website.

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