Nursing - Staff Nurse - Opthalmology Outpatients

  • Department Ophthalmology Outpatients
  • Salary £25,655.00 – £31,534 per annum
  • Closing Date 19/10/2021
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Job ref 223-SNO-755
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Fixed term: 12 months (to cover maternity leave Nov 21-Nov 22)
  • Hours Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Staff Nurse to apply for a position in the Ophthalmology Outpatients Department mainly  working within Urgent Eye Clinic.  The Ophthalmology department is rapidly expanding and is based within a newly purposed designed building. 

This is a 12 month fixed term post to cover maternity leave which will give a great opportunity to gain essential skills in treating and assessing patients requiring urgent eye care.

We are seeking a caring, motivated and enthusiastic nurse who wishes to further their career within Ophthalmology, with an interest in the emergency Ophthalmic conditions.  Part of the role will require the successful candidate to provide telephone and face to face triage whilst also gaining the knowledge and understanding in slit lamp skills under guidance from the consultants.  The successful candidate will undertake an individualised programme of training for all other clinical skills, including a competency assessment package.  Ophthalmology course is desirable but not essential.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team working within the Ophthalmology service providing professional and clinical support to patients.  You  must demonstrate a high level of practice and knowledge whilst participating in direct evidenced based patient care.

You must possess good communication skills and be able to work well as part of a team.  You must be flexible in your approach and be able to respond appropriately to the demands of an ever changing workload.  Recent experience in Ophthalmology or an Urgent care setting would be beneficial to the role but not essential.

The urgent eye clinic service operates 7 days a week with limited service at weekends, therefore the successful candidate must be flexible to meet the needs of the service.

Working for our organisation

Together with our staff, we have developed a set of Values, which form a framework for a positive and supportive environment for our patients, visitors and staff.  We believe that all candidates should be able to demonstrate and be equally committed in fulfilling these Values to be successful in their application.

In return we offer you a strong commitment to teaching and education, whilst working within a friendly and supportive team who are committed to providing and maintaining high standards of patient care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

Person specification

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

Evidence of attainment of skills
Experience of supporting staff

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria

Good communication/ organisational skills

Aptitude and skills

Essential criteria

Able to work within multi-disciplinary team
Able to adapt to varying work load
User of evidence based approach to care


Essential criteria

NMC Qualification

Desirable criteria

Teaching and assessing qualification

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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