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Locum Optometrist

Job Overview

Optegra Hampshire are currently recruiting for a Locum Optometrist to cover work on Saturdays and annual leave.

Purpose of Post

  • To be an integral part of a multi discipline team working alongside Consultants / Surgeons in pre and post-operative consultations, assessing the suitability of patients for cataract, refractive, glaucoma, retinal and oculoplastic surgery.
  • Supporting Consultants / Surgeons in their ongoing research programmes as well as conducting your own research and Optegra-led research activities.
  • Working in conjunction with the Regional Director / Hospital Director in the development and implementation of a co-management network that will include optometrists as well as local GP’s.
  • Producing clinical training material and delivering presentations on the various disciplines to support all members of a co-management network.
  • To support the Eye Sciences division in producing data on the outcomes of treatments undertaken at Optegra.
  • To work with the Regional Director / Hospital Director and other colleagues in identifying unexpected variance in clinical outcomes, complaint rates or other issues relating to patient safety or satisfaction.
  • To support the Regional Director / Hospital Director and Consultants in managing clinical complaints and related issues.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Discuss with patients their suitability for treatment in a professional and ethical manner in line with company policy and requirements of professional registration and make recommendations to patients and Consultants regarding patients’ suitability for treatment.
  • Work alongside Consultants / Surgeons in the management of day to day clinics carrying out examinations that are associated with cataract, glaucoma, retinal, refractive and oculoplastic surgery.
  • Running acute and follow up clinics post-surgery for all patients.
  • Provide health advice and support to patients attending the hospital.
  • To provide first line clinical advice to patients and follow the appropriate means of referral to a medical practitioner if necessary.
  • Work with the Regional Director / Hospital Director to drive and sustain business development opportunities for both sites.
  • Ensure awareness of the uses, safety precautions and handling of equipment within the clinical competency framework.
  • Ensure awareness of CQC policies and updates, attending all mandatory update courses
  • Help to control cross infection by enforcing Hospital policy regarding Uniform Policy, the maintenance of a clean working environment, decontamination and sterilisation procedures.
  • To follow correct procedures for documenting and reporting any accident or incident.
  • To be aware of changing needs and be prepared to instigate change with reference to the Regional Director / Hospital Director and/or clinical colleagues.
  • Attend regular meetings and annual appraisals with the Regional Director / Hospital Director including developing and fulfilling a personal development plan.
  • Maintain awareness and drive own knowledge and learning of current developments in ophthalmic surgery.
  • To play an active role in teaching within the hospital and participate in induction programmes for new colleagues.
  • To ensure that all CET points are kept up to date and comply with all relevant professional guidelines, standards and regulations.
  • To take an active part in the maintenance of a supportive learning environment within the hospital.





    Essential Criteria

    Desirable Criteria

    Technical and Professional Competence

    This area is all about having all the technical/ specialist skills to perform the job effectively.


    ·       Qualified Optometrist registered with GOC

    ·       Min 3 + years experience

    Service Excellence

    This is about doing all you can to satisfy and where possible exceed the expectations of the wide range of both internal customers and external patients and customers you deal with. (Internal customers means everyone at work to whom you provide a service and includes your colleagues and people in other Departments. External customers are all external suppliers, partners and members of the public.)


    ·       Demonstrates a proactive, positive and optimistic attitude using common sense approach


    ·       Experience of developing and mentoring more junior Optometrists


    This is all about everybody making the effort to communicate with patients and employees at all levels in an appropriate, thoughtful and timely manner.


    ·       Ability to build professional and collaborate relationships with Colleagues and  Consultants

    ·       Effective written and oral communication skills




    Problem solving and decision making

    This is all about looking for ways to overcome and learn from problems and challenges that arise.


    ·       Confidence and ability to work on quick solutions



    Planning and organising

    This is all about making the best use of the time you have available to you to do your job, working in an organised manner and planning to ensure you achieve your agreed work goals.

    ·       Ability to work under pressure

    ·       Able to manage own workload / patient pathways

    ·       Able to provide the right amount of time to each patient and ensure there are minimal delays in the pathway




    This is all about taking full responsibility for leading others to achieve the goals and objectives of Optegra.


    ·       Experience of working as a respected senior leader in a clinical environment



    This is all about people working together effectively to achieve more than they possibly could working individually.


    ·       Ability to operate at both operational and managerial levels

    ·       Ability to work within a multicultural environment




    Developing self and others

    This is all about being prepared to continually learn to better yourself and being prepared to help others to learn and develop to achieve their full potential.


    ·       Evidence of ongoing professional development


    Company Overview
    Our passion is eyes, that’s why we have 7 dedicated Optegra hospitals which only look after eyes!
    We started out with the aim of perfection. Our founder underwent eye surgery and afterwards thought “I can do better” and so Optegra was born with a commitment to provide the best eye health care possible. Our trust pilot scores shout as much – we’re the UK’s most trusted eye care provider!
    On the note of striving for perfection, we’re a proud pioneer in eye healthcare in the UK. In fact, we have our very own eye sciences department which is constantly researching new technologies, partnering with leading UK universities across the country – searching for the best outcome for our patients.
    We believe that our patients are individuals and are all special, so we ensure that each and every one has a consultation when they visit us. Our consultants are highly respected in their fields, are NHS trained and are all members of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. We care passionately about our employees and those who partner with us by providing training so that we continue to be at the leading edge of our field, whether that be inside the hospitals working with patients, our optom referral partners or at head office where we work hard to support our network of hospital colleagues.
    Our goal is to be the World’s most trusted choice for eye healthcare and we need dedicated people at all levels to help us achieve this