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Sessional Optometrist

Posted: 22 Jul 2021 Closes: 13 Aug 2021
London £250 per day
Flexible SAB_1389

Sessional Optometrist

Location: London

Hours: 1-3 days per wee, term time only

Salary: £250 per day

To be a part of SeeAbility's NHS England commissioned Special School's Eye Care team in a London school or schools. You will be responsible for regular visits to the same school(s) with a Dispensing Optician partner. NHSE/SeeAbility Special Schools Eye Care team training will be provided to all successful applicants.

1-3 days a week school term time only

•Provide specialist eye care and eye care and vision information in schools to meet NHS England's Special School Eye Care Service Specification
• To undertake NHSE/SeeAbility Special Schools Eye Care Team training
•Communicate appropriately and confidently with children who have complex needs
•Communicate highly sensitive, potentially distressing information to patients' relatives or carers, not infrequently in the presence of significant barriers to understanding learning and physical disabilities
•To manage your caseload of patients using evidence based practice whenever possible
•To be responsible for independent complex decision making in the management of individual clinical cases in areas where expert opinions may differ
• Liaise directly with parents and schools on your caseload of children (using secure NHS mail when indicated and meeting GDPR requirements). You will have the support of SeeAbility's Practice Manager and administrator
•To be responsible for referral of all children needing spectacle correction to the SeeAbility Dispensing Optician (and to provide spectacle dispensing services when required)
•To prescribe and advise on the use of eye drops
•To demonstrate a high degree of physical skill in the manipulation and utilisation of complex diagnostic equipment

•To effect interdisciplinary cooperation with other agencies such as local social services and educational representatives to facilitate the provision of high quality patient care
•To consider the appropriate involvement of other healthcare professionals to benefit patient care. This may include but is not limited to orthoptists, GPs, Ophthalmologists, Paediatricians, Speech and Language therapists, Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists
•To ensure accurate documentation of all interactions with patients, fellow healthcare professionals and other agencies
•Produce for all children written reports of clinical outcomes for parents, teaching staff and other professionals where that information may positively impact their professional management of the child and according to NHS England's Service Specification and Guidelines. These reports should be produced within 5 working days of a clinical assessment in the absence of exceptional circumstances.
•Share clinical information in the most appropriate and secure way (with administrative support from the practice administrator and/or manager)
•Where clinically indicated, refer a child for further management to an ophthalmologist, orthoptist or general practitioner
•Transport notes, laptop and testing equipment between sites as required
•To be accountable for own actions, using initiative and judgement with regard to patient's management working within broad health policies but able to act independently in the best interests of patient care
•To ensure a safe clean, therapeutic environment for patients, visitors and colleagues is maintained and ensure that all procedures for infection control are carried out according to policy
•Frequent manual handling of wheelchair users
•Regular repositioning of heavy equipment
•Frequent sitting in restricted positions
•Prolonged maintenance of difficult postures during the examination of patients whilst simultaneously holding or manipulating instrumentation.
•Intense concentration, often exceeding 2-3 hrs continuously, required in carrying out unpredictable clinical examinations
•Frequent interruptions during clinical examination to give advice to other staff
•Prolonged mental effort in dealing with patients with hearing and/or speech impairment, language barriers and uncooperative and/or challenging behaviour
•Calculations of mathematical formulae necessary to obtain optical powers, illuminances, working distances, magnifications etc.
•Informing patients, carer and parents regarding visual loss impacting permanently on quality of life
•To cultivate and sustain good communication channels with other clinical and non-clinical staff within the service to ensure safe and effective collaborative working practices
•To assist the Head of Eye Health in facilitating and undertaking risk assessments to maintain the safety of patients and staff
•In time to mentor new eye care team members as part of SeeAbility/NHSE's training programme
•Demonstrate an awareness of and compliance with health and safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients, and visitors within service
•To ensure that all incidents, accidents or near misses involving patients, visitors or staff are accurately reported and investigated as appropriate.

•Provide specialist eye care and eye care and vision information in schools to meet NHS England's Special School Eye Care Service Specification
• To undertake NHSE/SeeAbility Special Schools Eye Care Team training
•Communicate appropriately and confidently with children who have complex needs
•Communicate highly sensitive, potentially distressing information to patients' relatives or carers, not infrequently in the presence of significant barriers to understanding learning and physical disabilities
•To manage your caseload of patients using evidence based practice whenever possible
•To be responsible for independent complex decision making in the management of individual clinical cases in areas where expert opinions may differ
• Liaise directly with parents and schools on your caseload of children (using secure NHS mail when indicated and meeting GDPR requirements). You will have the support of SeeAbility's Practice Manager and administrator
•To be responsible for referral of all children needing spectacle correction to the SeeAbility Dispensing Optician (and to provide spectacle dispensing services when required)
•To prescribe and advise on the use of eye drops
•To demonstrate a high degree of physical skill in the manipulation and utilisation of complex diagnostic equipment
•To effect interdisciplinary cooperation with other agencies such as local social services and educational representatives to facilitate the provision of high quality patient care
•To consider the appropriate involvement of other healthcare professionals to benefit patient care. This may include but is not limited to orthoptists, GPs, Ophthalmologists, Paediatricians, Speech and Language therapists, Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists
•To ensure accurate documentation of all interactions with patients, fellow healthcare professionals and other agencies
•Produce for all children written reports of clinical outcomes for parents, teaching staff and other professionals where that information may positively impact their professional management of the child and according to NHS England's Service Specification and Guidelines. These reports should be produced within 5 working days of a clinical assessment in the absence of exceptional circumstances.
•Share clinical information in the most appropriate and secure way (with administrative support from the practice administrator and/or manager)
•Where clinically indicated, refer a child for further management to an ophthalmologist, orthoptist or general practitioner
•Transport notes, laptop and testing equipment between sites as required
•To be accountable for own actions, using initiative and judgement with regard to patient's management working within broad health policies but able to act independently in the best interests of patient care
•To ensure a safe clean, therapeutic environment for patients, visitors and colleagues is maintained and ensure that all procedures for infection control are carried out according to policy
•Frequent manual handling of wheelchair users
•Regular repositioning of heavy equipment
•Frequent sitting in restricted positions
•Prolonged maintenance of difficult postures during the examination of patients whilst simultaneously holding or manipulating instrumentation.
•Intense concentration, often exceeding 2-3 hrs continuously, required in carrying out unpredictable clinical examinations
•Frequent interruptions during clinical examination to give advice to other staff
•Prolonged mental effort in dealing with patients with hearing and/or speech impairment, language barriers and uncooperative and/or challenging behaviour
•Calculations of mathematical formulae necessary to obtain optical powers, illuminances, working distances, magnifications etc.
•Informing patients, carer and parents regarding visual loss impacting permanently on quality of life
•To cultivate and sustain good communication channels with other clinical and non-clinical staff within the service to ensure safe and effective collaborative working practices
•To assist the Head of Eye Health in facilitating and undertaking risk assessments to maintain the safety of patients and staff
•In time to mentor new eye care team members as part of SeeAbility/NHSE's training programme
•Demonstrate an awareness of and compliance with health and safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients, and visitors within service
•To ensure that all incidents, accidents or near misses involving patients, visitors or staff are accurately reported and investigated as appropriate.
•To promptly report to the Practice Manager and the Head of Eye Health any absence from work due to sickness.
•Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate and initiate appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training
•Demonstrate a commitment to evidence based practice and clinical excellence and play an active role in the introduction of this evidence to improve patient centred care
•Undertake clinical audit using appropriate research methodologies
•To ensure a working knowledge of the IT systems used by the service
•Ensure clinical records are maintained and stored in line with correct information governance procedures, including the Data Protection Act and the NHS Information Guidance Toolkit
•Support the themes, values and goals outlined in the UK Vision Strategy
•Maintain records and reports as required and ensure they are uploaded to shared information system in a timely way
•Remain up to date on developments in the field of eye health and vision and learning/multiple disability including the implications of legislation and policy
•Strive to ensure that SeeAbility embraces diversity in how it delivers its services and adhere at all times to the requirements of the General Social Care Council Code of Practice and SeeAbility's Code of Conduct and philosophy.
•Assist in maintaining a safe working environment and to follow the requirements of SeeAbility's Health and Safety Manual (policies and procedures) and any local codes of set working practices
•To maintain confidentiality at all times and adhere to safeguarding procedures
•To undertake other duties commensurate with the role of optometrist under the instruction of the practice manager and Head of Eye Health

Our Benefits

  • Discounts platform 'The Hive' for permanent staff, including gift cards, discount codes and other benefits
  • Pension scheme
  • Long Service, Employee of the Month and Annual Staff Awards
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for help with financial, physical and mental wellbeing
  • Paid enhanced DBS
  • E-learning/Classroom training/Diplomas
  • Regular one to one supervision
  • Refer a friend bonus scheme - £600
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working
  • Life assurance
  • As a 'key worker' you will benefit from government incentive schemes
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