The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Pre-registration Optometrist

Information for potential applicants for the pre-registration period

The Optometry department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust employs a Pre-registration Optometrist annually, on a fixed term thirteen month training contract, usually from late July or early August to the end of August of the following year.

The Pre-registration period is spent primarily working in the eye department at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds. However as Optometry services are provided at St. James’s University Hospital, Seacroft Hospital, Wharfedale General Hospital and St. Georges Community Eye Centre, there is a possibility that some clinics may be held at these sites.

The Pre-registration Optometrist working under the joint supervision of Tim Hunter, Consultant Optometrist (Head of Optometry), Alison Weston, Principal Optometrist (Deputy Head of Optometry) and their colleagues, gains experience in a range of optometric techniques in preparation for the competency assessments and the OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examination) of the Pre registration Period of the College of Optometrists.

Opportunity is given to attend weekly Orthoptic and Ophthalmology clinics, community optometric practice and our own Dispensing section.

Tutorials are arranged as required and attendance at Ophthalmology teaching sessions is encouraged.

Successful applicants for the post must have a BSc (Hons) degree in Optometry of 2:2 or higher and General Optical Council (GOC) student registration. Prior experience in community and hospital optometry practice is extremely desirable.

This post is for a thirteen month fixed term contract and is dependent on candidates achieving a 2:2 BSc (Hons) degree or higher in Optometry in order to register for the PRP.

This post is normally advertised online through the electronic NHS jobs website at in March/April, a year prior to the post itself commencing.

Applications for this post should be submitted through the electronic NHS jobs website at

Please be aware that we do not accept applications via any other route.

Informal enquiries about our pre-registration optometrist year can be made through our department email address

Timetable 2019

Refraction/Contact lenses
Contact lenses
Low Vision Aids
Community practice
Community Practice