Optometrist, Vision and Hearing Support, Gateshead , £30,000 - £39,999


North East



Full- part-time:


Closing date:

20 August 2021

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Practice address: Vision and Hearing Support, The Bradbury Centre for Sight, Unit 2B Stonehills Business Centre, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE10 0HW.

As an optometrist working for the Gateshead Integrated Low Vision Service assessing people with visual impairment, successful candidates will work as part of a Vision and Hearing Support team delivering a quality support service.

The optometrist's role is to provide quality low vision assessments and dispense a range of low vision equipment to the patients as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provision of Low vision assessments at the clinic room provided by Vision and Hearing Support on a Consultancy per clinic basis.
  • Accurate data collection on behalf of Vision and Hearing Support.
  • Delivering High Standards of patient care.
  • Promoting equality and reducing inequalities.
  • Work within and support an inclusive working environment where diversity is valued, everyone can contribute, and everyday actions ensure our duty to uphold and promote equality.
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently is required.
  • Experience of using LogMar acuity testing is desirable but not essential.
  • No specific low vision experience is required, as training and support will be
  • provided.

Person Specification
In particular, the successful clinicians will:

  • Have experience of providing NHS sight tests either GOS or HES.
  • Have experience of working with the elderly and people with multiple complex needs.
  • Be happy to spend time with patients providing quality low vision provision.
  • Be flexible and able to adapt the assessment to the patient’s needs.
  • Ensure accurate and open communication between a range of individuals and colleagues.
  • Work within the defined pathway, with a focus on effective communication, delivery and stakeholder management, both internally and externally
  • Assist in the collation and interpretation of patient feedback and service activity data, working with other team colleagues.
  • Have good ICT skills and experience of using databases and client management systems.
  • Understand the relevant Data Protection and Security protocols.
  • Understand the Charity’s aims to provide quality support to people living in Gateshead who live with visual impairment.


  • Suitably qualified and registered with the General Optical Council as an Optometrist
  • Evidence of CPD / CET in accordance with GOC regulations
  • Has up to date DBS Certificate and is signed up to the DBS update service
  • As completed Level 2 safeguarding training for children and adults at risk within the last 3 years
  • WOPEC Low Vision module or be willing to undertake this (Code available from NTW LOC)

We are recruiting consultant optometrists to cover for a minimum of two clinics per month. This may be fulfilled by one or more consultants. Clinic times are minimum of 4 hours between 9am - 5pm. But a flexible approach to these can be discussed with the suitable candidate.



Stephanie Cairns

Closing date:

20 August 2021



How to apply:

Contact Stephanie Cairns for more information. 

Please mention that you saw the advert on The College of Optometrists’ website.