Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Pre-registration Optometrist

Band 4

Main area
Band 4
Fixed term 1 year 2 weeks
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£20,089 - £23,761 per annum
02/06/2019 23:59
Interview date

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


Our fixed term pre-registration optometrist post at Oxford Eye Hospital will run mid-August 2020 until 31st August 2021. We are looking for a candidate on track for a good BSc (Hons) degree in Optometry (2(i) or above). You will have a bright mind, caring attitude and a strong desire to pursue a long term career in hospital optometry.

Oxford Eye Hospital is a busy teaching hospital, with 13 Consultant Ophthalmologists across sub-specialities –vitro-retina, glaucoma, paediatric, neuro-ophthalmology, cornea, medical retina, genetics and oculo-plastics. The Department of Optometry has a team establishment of 13 Optometrists, one pre -registration optometrist, 1.2 Dispensing Opticians and 7 Optometric technicians.  Our core clinical activities include refraction (paediatric cycloplegic and adult cases), specialist contact lens fitting, low vision assessment, optical dispensing, , corneal topography, visual fields (Humphrey+ Goldmann), colour vision assessment.

You will have observation sessions timetabled around the range of ophthalmology service clinics so that your training is consolidated. There is opportunity to attend the weekly regional ophthalmology teaching held within the Oxford Eye Hospital. As part of your year, a placement in private practice is organised for you to ensure that you achieve the caseload required to satisfy the sign off requirements of your training, and to give opportunity to examine cases within community optometry

Oxford is a beautiful historic city with excellent cultural, educational and recreational facilities. There is on site accommodation which is affordable and convenient for the duration of the pre reg year.

We nurture our pre reg and our ideal outcome is that once qualified, the right candidate will want to take up any opportunity to have a longterm career within our team.


Closing Date: 2nd June 2019

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Applicant requirements

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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) 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 UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

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