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Ophthalmology Staff Nurse

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated band 5 staff nurse to join the highly skilled/ dedicated ophthalmic surgical team. This will be a part time 30 hour vacancy working in The Ophthalmic Surgical Unit and Medical Retina Unit. Working hours include Monday- Friday 8-7 pm over a 4- 5 day period.

The Ophthalmic surgical unit is a specialised department which integrates The Medical Retina Unit, macular service, two theatres a recovery area and an ophthalmic day surgery ward offering a number of clinical settings within the unit. The department is considered one of Blackpool Victoria Hospitals greatest assets treating up to 11,000 patients annually.

As an integral member of the team you would be involved in preparing patients for procedures such as:
  • Retinal detachments (PPV)
  • Cataract surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Biopsies
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Emergency and trauma surgery
  • We also offer:
  • A structured mentorship programme, supportive of individuals learning strategies and needs
  • Encouragement for staff to take on projects to take the department forward, where each contribution is valued.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit please do not hesitate to contact the unit on 01253 953460/ 01253 953131 requesting the unit manager Charlotte Palmer or Nicky Kirby.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be working as a register staff nurse within a highly specialised Ophthalmology surgery and clinic setting. This role involves Admitting and preparing patients for Ophthalmic procedures, assessing visual acuity, preparing patients for fluorescein angiogram. There will be a requirement to continually adapt with the service as we move towards a more nurse led service which includes intravitreal injecting.

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About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance. Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ability to establish priorities.

Team Player & Team Leadership qualities


Good time management

Basic I.T skills

Decision maker

Communicate at all levels.

Problem solver

Basic Life Support

Following training, conduct pre-admission assessments.

Following training, operate equipment to obtain biometric measurements of the eye.

Following training undertake Fluorescein Angiography.

Following training obtain written consent from patient attending for fluorescein angiography and cataract surgery.

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Person Specification



  • qualified registered nurse on the NMC


  • Ophthalmology Qualification



  • good communication skills


  • intravitreal nurse injector



  • competent IT user


  • preceptor

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Ophthalmic Surgical Unit Whinney Heys Road



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