Orthoptists

Orthoptists are the experts in diagnosing and treating problems with eye movement, visual development, and how the eyes work together called binocular vision. We
see patients of all ages from young children who may have a squint, cataract, or any other condition impacting their visual development.

Orthoptists will also see adults who develop problems with eye movements, double vision, or visual field loss due to stroke, head injuries, or other neurological conditions.

What is it like to work at the Royal Devon?

What is it like to work at the Royal Devon?

What can you expect from joining us? You can expect to be part of a team that is at the forefront of innovation and development, in both our services and our people. You can expect to be invested in, supported, and given the tools you need to succeed in your role and progress in your career.

Training and development opportunities are in high supply here, whether you are interested in clinical or leadership development, courses, secondments or placements. We’ll support you in finding the best way to grow.

The culture we have built has earned us a reputation within the Trust and our clear vision and plans instilled the belief and support required to access further financial investment. This allows us to improve patient pathways including early supported discharge in rehabilitation.

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Becoming an Orthoptist at the Royal Devon

What does a career pathway look like?

What does a career pathway look like?

There are so many ways to achieve a fulfilling and rewarding career as a Speech and Language Therapist. You may be starting afresh and looking for a brand new role, or perhaps you have dedicated a few years to other goals and are looking to return to practice. If you are interested in developing your role, we have a wealth of opportunities you can harness too.

To help you on your way, we produced a brochure to kick start your career with us. 

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Your bespoke learning journey

Your bespoke learning journey

You’ll be supported to create your own personal development plan. This is used to identify your individual training needs, which can be met from the wide range of learning opportunities available such as clinical skills, management development, coaching and mentoring, IT skills and much more.

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Advancing your career

Preceptorship programme

Preceptorship programme

Whether you are newly qualified, joining us from outside the UK, or returning to practice, our Preceptorship Programme will help you find your feet so you feel as confident and competent as possible.

The structured programme consists of a series of study days, after which you will apply theory to practice and hone the skills you have learned as you gain experience within your clinical area. These study days are spread over the course of a year.

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Experienced Orthoptists

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Laura Doucas, Advanced Orthoptist Case Study
Laura Doucas, Advanced Orthoptist Case Study

Alongside working within a core Orthoptic clinic in the community, I have an advanced role in neuro–ophthalmology within our acute hospitals.

I work with patients who have neurological conditions
such as stroke and brain tumours as part of a wider
multi-professional team. I help patients manage the
visual symptoms of their condition and provide advice for visual and general rehabilitation. I also work alongside neuro-ophthalmologists, assessing and monitoring visual function of those attending outpatient clinics.

I have always found the Royal Devon to be very
supportive of role development, helping me access
external courses and work-based training that empowers me to improve the way we deliver care across our services.

What can I expect to get paid?

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Watch: working as an Orthoptist

Last updated: October 11, 2023

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