The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Welcome to the Optometry department

The Optometry department is the largest provider of specialist hospital Optometry services in the Yorkshire region.

At present our team is made up of nineteen full time and part time Optometrists, one pre-registration optometrist and two dispensing opticians as well as a small administrative support team. Click here to read more about our team.


What we do

The Optometry department provides a range of specialist hospital optometry services to patients from Leeds, Yorkshire and from across the North of England.

The Optometry team consists of highly qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians who deliver a range of modern optometric core and enhanced services.

Non medical prescribing

At present three of our Specialist Optometrists have completed their final University module in Therapeutic prescribing at Aston University, and now have to complete a clinical placement and pass the independent prescribing exam.

The Optometry department has now supported the Consultant Optometrist, Principal Optometrist and six of our Specialist Optometrists to gain Optometric independent prescribing qualifications. Allowing them to prescribe medication for eye patients in the Acute Referral (Eye Casualty) clinics, Glaucoma, Anterior segment clinics and YAG laser clinics at the main eye clinic based at St. James's University Hospital as well as in Glaucoma clinics at Seacroft Hospital and clinics at Wharfedale Hospital.

Click here to find out more about Optometric Independent prescribing

Medical Retina, Low Vision and Paediatric qualifications

Many of our Specialist Optometrists have higher qualifications related to the enhanced clinical roles they perform. These include diplomas and professional certificates in contact lenses, Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Low vision and paediatric eye care.

These form part of a range of post graduate higher qualifications developed by the College of Optometrists.

Click here for more information on Optometric higher qualifications .

Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference 2017

The 2017 Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference took place in Leeds over the weekend of the 7th to 8th of October, attended by Hospital optometrists from all over the country, including most of the members of the Optometry department at Leeds. Several Consultants and optometrists from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust were involved in giving lectures and running workshops.

Congratulations to Rosie Pattison, Resident optometrist and her colleagues who won the best conference poster award for their poster on the development of the KMU clinic at Leeds. Click here to learn more about Optometrists involvement in research.

Hospital Optometry

Consultant Optometrists and Heads of Optometry Services across the country discuss their experiences of a career in Hospital optometry in a video filmed by Optometry Tomorrow at the 2015 Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference.

Please note that this video will play from the Association of Optometrists YouTube site

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Dispensing service

We are the only hospital department in the Yorkshire area able to offer a specialised hospital based spectacle dispensing service to the Trust's Optometry and Ophthalmology patients, as such we also receive tertiary referrals for complex spectacle dispensing from other hospital eye departments around Yorkshire.

Click here to find out more about our dispensing services.

Pre-Registration Optometrist

Our present Pre-Registration Optometrist started her thirteen month training contract with us in August 2017 and has just successfully completed her fourth external assessment by her first assessor. She now has a further assessment by a second assessor before taking her Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and completing the Pre-registration period (PRP).

Our previous two Pre-Registration Optometrists successfully completed their final exams in July 2016 and 2017 respectively to complete their Pre-registration period (PRP) and are now working for us as qualified optometrists in our newly created Resident Optometrist role.

We appointed our Pre-Registration Optometrist for the post commencing in July/August 2018 last year.

In order to become a registered Optometrist you must successfully complete a degree in Optometry followed by a period of supervised training in an Optometry practice, with a number of assessments and a final practical examination.

The Optometry department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of only a few hospital Optometry departments that employs a Pre-registration Optometrist annually. At present on a fixed term thirteen month training contract, usually from August to the end of August of the following year.

We are advertising on NHSjobs for the pre-registration optometrist post for 2019/2020 from the beginning of March 2018, hoping to shortlist and appoint in April/May 2018.

Click here to find out more about our Pre-registration year.