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NHS AfC: Band 2
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Employer type
The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
£20,270 - £21,318 per annum/pro rata
Salary period
06/02/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Trainee Ophthalmic Assistants - Ophthalmology Outpatients

NHS AfC: Band 2

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Ophthalmology Department at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a Band 2 Trainee Ophthalmic Assistant. Following successful completion of a range of ophthalmic competencies there will be an automatic progression to a Band 3 Ophthalmic Assistant post.

There will be 2 permanent posts available - a 28.5 hour post & a 37.5 hour post. This will be over 3 or 4 variable days Monday - Friday with rotational weekends.

We are looking for 2 caring and motivated individuals who have a genuine interest in Ophthalmology. The successful candidates must have good communication skills and be able to work well as part of a friendly team in a busy and dynamic environment. In return, the post offers the opportunity for further development and training within Ophthalmology.

There may be a possibility of cross site working at Ophthalmology Outpatients at The Princess Royal Hospital Hospital, Telford, so flexibility is a must. Some weekend and evening working will be required.

Main duties of the job

The position will involve undertaking a variety of skills such as carrying out visual acuities, visual field testing, ocular coherence tomography, assisting with minor ops and scrubbing to assist with intravitreal injections.



Working for our organisation

A newly constructed theatre suite specialising in cataract surgery opened in February 2021 at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and it is anticipated there will be future opportunities to rotate into this area, offering further diversity to the role. 

Each person, patient or visitor, visiting our ophthalmic departments will be met with courtesy and respect. The individual will be treated confidentially with dignity maintained at all times, thus maintaining a high standard of individualised care.

In applying our philosophy of care we aim to deliver a high standard of care to all patients within the department ensuring that each person leaves understanding the information needed to make an informed decision regarding their care and that all their needs are met.  

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Maths and English at GCSE level 9 - 4 (or equivalent)
Desirable criteria
  • NVQ Level 3 in health related subject

Knowledge and Experience

Desirable criteria
  • Experience in ophthalmic setting
  • Previous experience of working in care

Aptitude and skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to develop ophthalmic skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Able to adapt to a varying workload

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Professional manner
  • Awareness of own limitations

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Vicky Howells
Job title
Department Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01743 261000
Additional information

Vicky Howells Extn 3209

Colleen Davies

Phone: 01743 261000 Ext. 3181


If you have problems applying, contact

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Shrewsbury Business Park
1 Douglas Court
01743 492402
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