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Lead Ophthalmic Imaging Technician

Jobs in Bury St Edmunds, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, East England

 Permanent
 Posted about : 17 days ago

Who are InHealth Intelligence? InHealth Intelligence has been and continues to be a proud supporter of Eye Screening Programmes across NHS England and since 2011, InHealth Intelligence has grown to offer fully managed services across the country. To increase efficiency, we also built our own software system which enables us to adapt and change to meet the requirements our employees to achieve a better user experience.

The post-holder will ensure InHealth Intelligence provide high quality and accurate OCT scans, ocular photography, vision testing and other imaging results for patients. Leading on ophthalmic imaging, you will present and network on behalf of InHealth Intelligence and provide co-ordination, support, and leadership for an innovative ophthalmic imaging, dispersed, country wide team, who will operate in localised community-based environments.

Facilitating the training of the technicians, incorporating advances in digital technology and clinical skills, you will be able to travel long distances across the country and work away from home for periods of time. As lead, you will be the direct link for technicians, clinicians, the IHI management team, equipment manufacturers and IT departments.

Key Duties

  • Liaison with clinical, professional, and clerical staff in all areas, relating to the provision of the following patient care: VA (LogMAR and Snellen), with or without glasses or CLs as required, Humphrey 24-2 R + L with trial lenses as required, IOP with ORA/ iCare, OCT, Dilation with Tropicamide 1% R + L * & Fundus Photography
  • Maintain and demonstrate technical competency and expertise. Expand and develop expertise in new aspects and applications of medical imaging.
  • Undertake and provide appropriate training as the team expands.
  • To be able to cope with a variable workload, and to effectively plan, prioritise and manage own and others, time.
  • Support all Ophthalmic Imaging Technicians with personal development and to maintain competency in core areas.
  • Support new Ophthalmic Imaging Technicians in the use and care of all technical equipment.
  • To proactively enable patients to feel safe and comfortable during the tests.
  • Perform OCT / Widefield / Ultra Widefield scanning and ocular digital photography using different makes and manufacturers in accordance with company protocols.
  • Assess vision (if required) prior to imaging using the Snellen and / or LogMAR visual acuity charts and record results accurately in clinical notes.
  • Perform Visual Fields assessment using the automated Humphrey Visual Fields Analyser in accordance with protocols.
  • To undertake other diagnostic tests as required.
  • Maintain comprehensive, clear clinical written records with reliable results for all procedures performed and all clinics undertaken. This requires good communication skills, particularly in situations where barriers exist such as loss of hearing, visual impairment, or other learning or physical disability.
  • To access and review previous patient notes within the Software.
  • To recognise the importance of taking additional images as well as the requested images, if unusual or unexpected pathology is apparent.
  • Working with IHI Management to manage any arising working problems e.g., cancelling clinics, organising of the staffing schedule and identifying cover for absence due to unforeseen absences.
  • Attend operational management meetings when required and specialty Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings
  • Communicate with clinicians, programme management and service users to gather information for use in research, business cases, audits, projects, and service design / improvement.
  • Contribute to Bid Team for new business and present to the wider InHealth Intelligence and networks on medical imaging.
  • To undertake administrative and clerical duties as required to include patient questionnaire.
  • Monitor stock levels, to reorder as required.
  • Overall responsibility for systematic cleaning, checks and maintenance of all imaging technical equipment (OCT, Visual Fields, Optos camera and other equipment) providing assurance that they are kept in a secure manner.
  • To monitor the functioning of equipment and report any problems affecting the accuracy and quality of scans or images to Management.
  • Form key relationships with the IT departments, formulating robust systems and process for Data and Image transfer and to discuss any equipment faults and technical updates.

Key Skills & Experience

  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Supervising junior members of staff and offering support and guidance where needed.
  • Working within teams and or external stakeholders from a variety of different background.
  • Ophthalmic imaging procedures which may include but not limited to OCT, Anterior OCT, HRT, Colour fundus - high magnification and stereos, OWA stereo optic discs.
  • Ophthalmic procedures / assessments including but not limited to visual acuity tests, and instilling eye drops in accordance with established approved protocols for patient safety