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Orthoptist

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Orthoptists examine eyes, to investigate, diagnose and treat disorders such as squints, double vision or damage to sight caused by illness or accident. They work out the most appropriate treatment. Orthoptists work with patients of all ages, although much of their work is with children.

The Work

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Pay

Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales orthoptists are on Band 5, £30,229 to £37,664 a year. Specialist orthoptists are on Band 6, £37,831 to £46,100 a year. Advanced orthoptists are on Band 7, £46,244 to £53,789 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2023.

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Getting In

The majority of orthoptists work in the NHS. There are also opportunities in private practice, and with educational institutions and charities. You may be able to work abroad.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
2051
2.6 %
RISE
2029
2105
  United Kingdom
2024
22196
5.5 %
RISE
2029
23421

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What Does it Take?

You should be able to:

You should have:

Training

Once you have gained state registration, training is on the job, with short courses to keep you up to date.

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British and Irish Orthoptic Society
Tel: 0121 728 5633
E-mail: bios@orthoptics.org.uk
Website: http://www.orthoptics.org.uk/
Twitter: @FollowBIOS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishIrishOrthoptics/

Careers in Eyecare
Website: https://www.careersineyecare.org.uk/

NHS Scotland Careers
Website: http://www.careers.nhs.scot
Website (2): https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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