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Staff Nurse Ophthalmology OPD

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Somerset Foundation Trust are searching for a staff nurse to join our ophthalmology department here at Musgrove Park Hospital.

To deliver excellent patient care on a daily basis, using the systems in place in the Ophthalmic Outpatient setting. A multi-disciplinary approach to patient-centred care is used, which builds on the philosophy of greater involvement of patients and their relatives/carers by using the Trust's patient and public involvement strategy.

To work within the Ophthalmic team contributing to the delivery of ophthalmic services to patients at Musgrove Park Hospital and Community Clinics , including Harrison House diagnostic centre.

To provide effective clinical and managerial leadership of the department, in the absence of the Senior and Junior clinic Sister, which empowers staff to deliver patient-centered, evidence-based nursing care.

To uphold the Trust Values.

To provide technical support for Ophthalmic Clinics including digital stereoscopic optic disc photography, retinal topography scans (HRT), OCT scans, automated perimetry and visual acuity assessment.

Main duties of the job

To plan, implement and evaluate individual programmes of patient care in the Outpatient

Setting utilizing research as appropriate and supporting junior colleagues with this.

To be designated to manage the clinic for duration of shift by clinic manager.

To support in the management of a specific group of patients in a variety of Ophthalmic clinics and deliver evidenced based nursing care to the highest possible standard. These will include pre- and post-operative care clinics, Acute Referral Clinics (ARC) and monitoring of patients with a range of ophthalmic condition.

To participate fully as a team member, sharing knowledge, information and supporting colleagues to promote a cohesive clinic team, working collaboratively and co-operatively with others to meet the needs of patients and their families.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Communicates with patients, relatives and carers sensitive clinical information in a way that takes into account the level of understanding and any barriers that may have an impact on the individual receiving and understand the information, face to face and via the telephone on a frequent daily basis.
  • On direction from senior staff or following guidelines undertake diagnostic and monitoring procedures and document findings.
  • Be aware of and work within the Health and Safety policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a professional manner and appearance at all times.
  • Assume accountability for practice and maintain highest standards.
  • Maintain with support peoples equality, diversity and rights, in providing an ophthalmic service, allowing accessibility to the service.
  • Preserve patients control over decision making, commitment to a mutually acceptable plan of care and foster personal responsibility for health

Please see the attached job description for further details. Thank you!

Person Specification



  • registered nurse NMC
  • Diploma and working to work towards degree level
  • Decision making skills


  • Speciality course or competencies in clinical skills relevant to the speciality of the department
  • Relevant experience in ophthalmology

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