Clinical Support - Trainee Ophthalmic Assistants - Ophthalmology Outpatients

  • Salary £20,270.00 – £21,318 per annum
  • Closing Date 06/02/2023
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 2
  • Job ref 223-TOE-379
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Full time and part time hours available

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Ophthalmology Department at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a Band 2 Trainee Ophthalmic Assistant. Following successful completion of a range of ophthalmic competencies there will be an automatic progression to a Band 3 Ophthalmic Assistant post.

There will be 2 permanent posts available - a 28.5 hour post & a 37.5 hour post. This will be over 3 or 4 variable days Monday - Friday with rotational weekends.

We are looking for 2 caring and motivated individuals who have a genuine interest in Ophthalmology. The successful candidates must have good communication skills and be able to work well as part of a friendly team in a busy and dynamic environment. In return, the post offers the opportunity for further development and training within Ophthalmology.

There may be a possibility of cross site working at Ophthalmology Outpatients at The Princess Royal Hospital Hospital, Telford, so flexibility is a must. Some weekend and evening working will be required.

Main duties of the job

The position will involve undertaking a variety of skills such as carrying out visual acuities, visual field testing, ocular coherence tomography, assisting with minor ops and scrubbing to assist with intravitreal injections.

Working for our organisation

A newly constructed theatre suite specialising in cataract surgery opened in February 2021 at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and it is anticipated there will be future opportunities to rotate into this area, offering further diversity to the role. 

Each person, patient or visitor, visiting our ophthalmic departments will be met with courtesy and respect. The individual will be treated confidentially with dignity maintained at all times, thus maintaining a high standard of individualised care.

In applying our philosophy of care we aim to deliver a high standard of care to all patients within the department ensuring that each person leaves understanding the information needed to make an informed decision regarding their care and that all their needs are met.  

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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