Optometrist Specialist

St Helena
St Helena Island, South Atlantic
09 Aug 2019
02 Sep 2019
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Optometrist Specialist

St Helena Island, South Atlantic

Your costed proposal or expression of interest is invited to bring your specialist skills to an island community.

A sub-tropical island of spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the South Atlantic with a warm and friendly population of 4,500, St Helena is a self-governing overseas territory of the UK. Following the opening of its international airport in October 2017, St Helena is better placed to develop both economically and socially.

The 28 -bed General Hospital in the capital, Jamestown, covers all areas of acute medical and surgical care.

The agreement will be for a period of two years with a visit and remote support each year. The first visit is expected to take place between January/February 2020 for a period of 5 months with up to 20 days remote support.  The second year visit and remote support is yet to be confirmed. You will review and support shared care services for cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy screening, seeing around 22 patients a day in clinic and advising on referral criteria for optometric adult and child  patients. Appointments for referred patients will be made in advance of the visit with an appropriate triaging system.

Advising too on the latest clinical issues, on new texts/journals to be procured and on any equipment to improve care, you must also review and advise on appropriate pharmaceuticals and consumables. You will support the Ophthalmic Assistant, nurses and medical staff, contributing to their training and education and giving feedback.

Holding a BSc (Hons) Optometry and MCOptom (or equivalent) with City & Guilds in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening, you will also hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Optometry.

Current registration with the General Optical Council or other similar body should be supported by substantial experience in a broad spectrum of care settings. You will have a background in a multidisciplinary team covering Diabetic retinopathy screening and Cataract pre and post-surgery. Your general ophthalmic knowledge and understanding of ocular disease and management will enable you to independently assess and make clinical decisions and you will have the talent to teach and educate others.

You must submit a draft report prior to departure with a completion report within 4-5 weeks of return to the UK, outlining activities undertaken and recommendations.

Please submit a fully costed proposal plus CV to shgukrep@sthelenagov.com or contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610. Further information can also be found at www.sthelena career.co.uk

Applications must be sent to recruitment@sainthelena.gov.sh and received by 2 Sept 2019. Interviews will be held in London.

Due to the potential for high numbers of applications, if you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date you should assume you have not been short listed.  We would like to thank you for your interest in working for the St Helena Government.

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