POST:                                 Eye Clinician – Optometrist/Orthoptist

LOCATION:                         Home Based with travel required

Salary                                 1 day per week £31,500 – £35,000 pro rata, depending on experience.     

REPORTS TO:                    Angel Eyes NI CEO

Closing Date:                      Friday 9th July at 5pm, application by CV and covering letter demonstrating how you meet criteria outlined

                                              below to jobs@angeleyesni.org

 

This is an exciting opportunity to work with an innovative charity making an impact for children, young people, and their families with a vision impairment in Northern Ireland.  The role will involve demonstrating new technology that simulates different eye conditions with virtual reality.

 

JOB SUMMARY / MAIN PURPOSE:

 

You will be part of the clinical team for the VisualEyes Project.  This will involve demonstrating software to parents and professionals supporting children and young people with a visual impairment.  You will be responsible for agreed functions within the delivery of a project which may include, but is not limited to, screening and recruitment, care, management, and follow-up of a caseload of patients in clinical trials adhering to local and national regulatory research and professional guidelines, policies, and standard operating procedures.

To undertake administration duties relating to Vision Clinical Demonstrations.

 

Main Duties / Responsibilities

 

Clinical:

To screen participants for demonstrations of software.  This will require selecting visual conditions that are compatible for demonstration so therefore a knowledge of refraction, visual function testing, low vision assessment and visual fields assessment is essential.

 

To work in a multi-disciplinary environment and to communicate effectively with families and carer’s of children with a visual impairment and other relevant healthcare professionals e.g. orthoptists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nursing staff, rehabilitation workers, social workers, technical staff and Angel Eyes staff team.

 

To understand the impact of sight loss, on families and carer’s.

 

To be knowledgeable about the causes of pediatric visual impairment

 

To accurately assess and measure visual function, analyse and interpret clinical and research-based findings along with the provision of appropriate optical/clinical intervention.

 

The post will be home based primarily and will involve working in clinics, outreach establishments and Angel Eyes NI office.

 

Managerial/Administrative Duties:

To assist Principal Investigators to deliver research clinics as applicable.

To complete accurate paper and electronic case report forms.

To abide by all relevant policies and to comply with health an safety regulations.

To follow research and clinical protocols and best working practice, relevant to optometric/orthoptic practice.

To assist with the collation of evaluation from each participant and prepare an evaluation report.

 

Research and Audit: (if applicable)

To participate in clinical audit.

To train appropriate staff in visual assessment techniques.

 

General Responsibilities:

Employees of the Angel Eyes NI are required to promote and support the mission and vision of the charity.

 

  • At all times provide a caring service and to treat those with whom they come into contact in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Demonstrate their commitment by their regular attendance and the efficient completion of all tasks allocated to them.
  • Carry out their duties and responsibilities in compliance with the Health and Safety Policies.
  • Adhere to Equality and Good Relations duties throughout the course of their employment.
  • Maintain high standards of personal accountability.

 

Infection Prevention and Control:

You must comply with all policies in relation to Infection Prevention and Control and with ongoing reduction strategies.  Standard Infection Prevention and Control Precautions must be used at all times to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

 

This includes:

  • Cleaning hands either with soap and water or a hand sanitiser at the appropriate times (WHO ‘5 moments’);
  • Using the correct ‘7 step’ hand hygiene technique.
  • Ensuring all devices (equipment) are decontaminated appropriately i.e., cleaned, disinfected and/or sterilised.

 

PERSONNEL SPECIFICATION

 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

 

SECTION 1: The following are ESSENTIAL criteria which will initially be measured at shortlisting stage although may also be further explored during the interview/selection stage.  You should therefore make it clear on your application form whether or not you meet these criteria.
Factor Criteria Method of Assessment
Experience

 

Questionnaire Experience

 

Shortlisting by Application Form
Qualifications/ Registration Degree in optometry, orthoptics or equivalent

Current registration with General Optical Council (GOC) as an optometrist or Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as an orthoptist.

Shortlisting by Application Form
Other Good communication and IT Skills Shortlisting by Application Form
SECTION 2: The following are ESSENTIAL criteria which will be measured during the interview/ selection stage:
Skills / Abilities This post involves working in regulated activity with vulnerable groups.  As such, post-holders will be required to register with the independent Safeguarding Authority. Interview / Test
Knowledge Effects of ocular pathology on visual function.

 

Interview / Test
DESIRABLE CRITERIA

 

SECTION 3: these will ONLY be used where it is necessary to introduce additional job related criteria to ensure files are manageable. You should therefore make it clear on your application form how you meet these criteria. Failure to do so may result in you not being shortlisted
Factor Criteria Method of Assessment
Experience

 

Recent experience of clinical trials.

At least 3 years’ experience of working in a paediatric eye clinic.

Shortlisting by Application Form
Qualifications

 

Hold a current GCP certificate. Shortlisting by Application Form

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