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We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Optometrist to join the team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic Ophthalmology department where Optometrists are currently working in eye casualty, glaucoma, corneal and cataract post-op assessment clinics.

You will be based at the Eye unit in Southampton, but will spend some time in our expanding peripheral sites, including Lymington Hospital.  Although the vacancies are full time, applications for part time positions will be considered.

The successful candidate will be joining a team of 7 Optometrists, who work in core Optometry clinics as well as extended roles.  25 Consultants, along with Fellows, staff grade and junior trainee ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, imaging technicians and nursing staff.  We have a spectacle dispensing service, run by a dispensing optician, which provides for our extensive paediatric service as well as staff members from the Trust.  We are a regional centre for paediatric cataract, AMD, orbital and corneal services.

The role will involve working within core Optometry clinics, including paediatrics.  Working with the glaucoma service, as well as in a variety of sub-specialty clinics, eye casualty and post op cataract clinics, depending on service requirements. 

The successful candidate will be GOC registered.  Previous hospital experience would be preferable, but not essential as full training will be given. 

The eye unit is a busy and exciting place to work, so lots of energy would be beneficial.  This is a great opportunity to work in an eye unit that values the clinical skills Optometrists possess and will enable you to expand your professional expertise.

This Band 6 post comes with the opportunity for a developmental role for the successful candidate. The candidate who is appointed to this development role will start at band 6, moving to band 7 on the completion of competencies set by the manager.

UHS, rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. In the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep.

The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.

The closing date for applicants is the 8 October.

The interview date for applicants is the 25 October.

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:


http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy

https://www.uhs-vle.co.uk/   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS

http://www.youtube.com/user/SouthamptonHospitals   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to the Hampshire area, please find below a link to our website which offers guidance on finding accommodation:


The Trust is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789
Web: http://careers.uhs.nhs.uk/

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10 September 2019
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £30,401 - £37,267 per annum GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
Allied Health
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