UHI is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 12 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

To support our work we are recruiting to the following role:

Optometry Facilitator/Demonstrator

Salary range Hourly payment (14.53 per hour) based on Grade 5
Working hoursThis post is part time with the requirement to lead 2 facilitated sessions per week with a commitment to the delivery of a minimum of 2 sessions per semester
LocationUHI House, Inverness
Closing Date14 July 2024

Optometry in the centre from Rural Health Science

Do you have a background in science or healthcare and are looking for a new challenge? If you have some time available to support the facilitation of some cased based learning for our optometry students, this role may be for you. No specific optometry knowledge is required, instead we are looking for individuals with the skills to guide our students to use the resources available to them to explore the clinical cases that are presented, as part of the problem based learning aspects of the curriculum.

This is a very exciting time in Optometry with the great expansion of roles and opportunities being developed to deliver eye care across the UK. An exciting opportunity has arisen to provide support to the delivery of the optometry programme at UHI and contribute to the education of the eyecare professionals of the future.

Optometry Demonstrator/ Facilitator

The post holder will provide facilitator support and assist the delivery of the problem-based learning modules within the optometry curriculum. The demonstrator/facilitator introduces the students to the problem (case) providing them with information which allows them to define their topics for research, understand the problem that the case is representing and set learning goals. The students undertake the research in teams of 5-7 people, with team members each having different allocated roles. The facilitator is responsible for the delivery of 2 facilitated sessions per week. Detailed facilitator notes enable the facilitator to guide the students research to answer the questions, without actually teaching them, which is the aim of this type of learning.

A detailed job description and person specification for the post are attached.

Applicants with informal questions are encouraged to contact Alison MacPherson, Head of Optometry by email to alison.macpherson@uhi.ac.uk

Pay and Benefits

The role will be an hourly rate of £14.53 per hour, based on the UHI grade 5 pay scale.

This post is part time with the requirement to lead 2 facilitated sessions per week with a commitment to the delivery of a minimum of 2 sessions per semester. The time commitment will be 0.2FTE (7 hours per week) for 2 weeks minimum per semester, on a working pattern as agreed with your line manager. Current delivery of this role is split over Monday / Friday mornings but may be subject to change.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme check, so please let us know if you are currently a PVG scheme member.

The workplace pension scheme provided to workers at grade five and below is the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a qualifying pension scheme, which means it meets or exceeds the government’s standards. Full information about the scheme can be found on the Highland Council’s Pension Fund website.

Full-time posts carry a total of 39 days leave per annum (pro rata for part-time posts). It is practice that, with the exception of a Christmas and New Year closure, leave must be taken subject to the requirements of the post and department and with the permission of your line manager.

Recruitment Process

When completing the application form please ensure that you clearly evidence how you meet the selection criteria identified on the relevant person specification.

The deadline for submitting your application is Sunday 14 July 2024

Shortlisting will take place w/c 15 July 2024

Interviews will be held by videoconferencing, date TBC

If you have any queries regarding our recruitment and selection process, or if you would like to request any reasonable adjustments to either the recruitment process or the prospective job, please do make contact with the HR team as soon as possible by email to HR@uhi.ac.uk

Interviews will be held To be confirmed.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the HR Office at HR@uhi.ac.uk.