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Ophthalmic Technician

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

  • To provide technical support for Ophthalmology Clinics including consultant and practitioner clinics and virtual diagnostic reviews
  • Clinics will be held at the WEEU (Wonford), Nightingale Hospital Exeter,  Axminster 
  • To undertake digital stereoscopic optic disc photography
  • To undertake Optical Coherence Tomography testing
  • To assist practitioner/doctor with macular injections
  • To undertake visual acuity assessment using LOGMAR
  • Administering eye drops for ocular examination
  •  Perform intra ocular pressure readings using eyecare equipment
  • To contribute to the safe, efficient and smooth running of Ophthalmology clinics providing assistance to the other technicians within the unit
  • Cleaning and maintaining clinical areas
  • To provide support for patients and carers
  • Cross cover on other Ophthalmology sites may be required on occasion

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

Ophthalmic Technicians are integral to everything we do within the Ophthalmology team. You will be supporting the running of outpatient clinics by taking patients through a series of tests which are all completed at the same visit. This will involve you assessing patient’s vision and performing diagnostic tests such as, intraocular pressure checks and imaging of the eye. Full training will be provided and we have a great education and training plan to ensure our Ophthalmic Technicians have the skill and resource to deliver the best possible care for our patients.

You will also assist the Practitioner or Doctor with intravitual injections list.

All we require is a Level 3 qualification e.g A level, NVQ 3 or equivalent. The qualification doesn’t have to be in a related discipline, but of course this will help provide you with a good foundation of knowledge. Previous experience in Ophthalmology would also be an advantage but really is not essential, as full in-house training will be given.

So, a background in ophthalmology isn’t essential, but a willingness and aptitude to learn new skills which combined with a friendly and caring nature to support our patients is essential. It is also essential to us that our patients have a positive experience in a supportive environment throughout their visit.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours a week over 4 days (8am - 6pm)

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Teresa Bonura, Clinical Practitioner Manager on 01392 406003

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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