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Senior Staff Nurse - Ophthalmology - Queen Mary's Hospital

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Sidcup and Orpington
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit enthusiastic, dynamic, and caring registered nurses who are interested in progressing their ophthalmic role, skills and knowledge. These are exciting times as we look to extend our senior staff nurse workforce scope of practice.

You may be a competent intravitreal injector or wish to develop this role and will lead nurse delivered clinics, utilise your ophthalmic triaging and emergency skills, oversee clinic coordination and work with a multi professional team for staff and patient wellbeing.

You will have a receptive attitude to change, an excellent communicator with an ability to challenge practice, contribute to service improvement, quality care, new ways of working and can prioritise your workload and that of the team to ensure a timely, quality, safe and positive patient and staff experience. If you are motivated,and are interested in progressing managerial and leadership abilities then please apply.

The Care Group Eye Clinics are open Monday to Sunday to provide a comprehensive sub-speciality and procedural service. At times you may be asked to work at Orpington Hospital Eye Clinic and we expect our team to provide a committed, professional and friendly service for patients and colleagues in line with the Trust Values.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will
  • Provide expert, holistic and high standard of care to patients and their relatives attending Kings College NHS Foundation Ophthalmology Care Group.
  • Will work with the MDT to provide an intravitreal injection service and deliver other nurse led sessions to meet service requirement and own clinical development.
  • Work with the nurse manager and/or nurse in charge to lead and coordinate unit activity with direct managerial responsibility for the clinical area and team.
  • Assist with clinical education to an identified group of practitioners: registered nurses, ophthalmic technicians and new starters to the service, acting as a resource and positive role model
  • Participate and implement pathways and new ways of working for an improved patient and team experience and service improvement

At Kings, emphasis is put on the need to ensure that all staff recognize their responsibility to deliver services in a high quality, courteous, patient focused manner maintaining patient confidentiality at all times. Our vision is to be bold and the Trust values- Kind, Respectful Team help ensure a positive attitude in the way that we interact with each other and patients.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description and person specification.1. Clinical Practice

To assist in the delivery of a specialist nursing service To provide specialist nursing advice and support to patients, their families and other healthcare professionals following diagnosis and through treatment To ensure continuity of a high standard of evidence based nursing care, assessing health, health related and nursing needs of patients, their families and other carers To manage own patient caseload under supervision To be actively involved in in-patient care, liaising with ward staff to ensure high quality nursing care To attend all relevant MDT meetings and actively contribute To assist in the delivery of a seamless service through Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) processes and communication To be aware of the process of operational policy review annually in accordance with national standards To ensure all care is given in accordance with agreed protocols. To attend out-patients participating in nurse consultations with all newly diagnosed patients To follow-up patients under supervision as appropriate and ensure all relevant information is available to enable patients to make an informed choice about their treatment To liaise with the ward staff to ensure appropriate and timely discharge/follow-up arrangement are in place for patients To adhere to the mechanisms for MDT referrals to the Clinical Nurse Specialists To work with the MDT to implement integrated care pathways and systems of MDT documentation To liaise with local community, social services, paramedics and voluntary organisations regarding current service availability To actively involve service users in providing feedback of their experience of the current service and suggestions for improvements. To participate in the development of appropriate patient group directives to facilitate/enhance the discharge process To participate in relevant fora at Care Group or Trust Level to represent the service perspective To act as a resource person to others, providing accurate information, advice and support to the multidisciplinary team, patients and their relatives.2. Education and Research To provide information for clients, carers and heath professional about all aspects of specialist care. To provide appropriate information and educational literature in order to help patients make informed choices as to their treatment plan and continuing management. To participate in programmes of education and training in according to meet the identified needs of clients, carers and others involved in their care. To actively participate in educational events provided by the Trust and Primary Care sector. To attend meetings and conferences as appropriate ensuring that you are fully conversant with current issues within the Trust and nationally To participate in clinical audit within the Trust as directed To participate in any appropriate/relevant Trust approved research projects conducted within the department. To be aware of and actively apply nursing research and evidence based practice relevant to the speciality. To work with other staff in clinical areas where changes to practice are required. Also where opportunities exist to improve treatment and support for patients.3. Management To participate in any local change programmes in order to improve standards and communication links from Acute trust through to Primary Care. To keep updated on clinical and professional developments, attending training courses and appropriate updates. To work within the policies and guidelines set out by the Trust and Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Professional Conduct and Scope of Professional Practice. To have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of self in the working environment to follow safe working practices and to comply at all times with the Trusts Health and Safety Policies and Procedures. To be familiar with the Trusts Risk Management procedures on reporting complaints, accidents and incidents. To be aware of Safeguarding issues, reporting any concerns to the Senior Nurse or Clinic Doctor and coordinating escalation if required Network with the team of clinical nurse specialists within the Trust to evaluate and promote the specialist-nursing role. To utilise and maintain information systems to aid audit and to provide regular actively analysis reports. Maintain contemporaneous and accurate treatment records, submitting relevant statistics, reports and activity data as requested. To evaluate the service in terms of clinical effectiveness, clinical excellence and value for money. To maintain effective links within primary secondary and tertiary care to ensure effective communication. To assist with the monitoring of stock levels of clinical stores and technical equipment, resolving any shortfall as appropriate. To maintain standards of hygiene and cleanliness with the clinical area, action remedy as appropriate and reporting deficits to senior nurse / Modern Matron as appropriate. Ensures compliance with the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy, supporting the delivery of the Trusts Race Equality Scheme and the Trust's duty to positively promote race equality and equality of opportunity for disabled people ensuring services are responsive to the needs of equality groups.4. Personal Professional Development To achieve a range of clinical competencies as required within the Trust and Care Group. To keep up-to-date with current literature and research in the speciality. To maintain your own personal and professional development in accordance with PREP requirements, attending mandatory study sessions as required. To undergo and actively participate in your own performance appraisals To keep up to date with NMC, relevant specialist Faculty & Trust guidelines and protocols. To adhere to the NMC Code of Professional conduct working within and accepting responsibility for maintaining agreed levels of competence. To be working towards further post registration qualifications relevant to the specialty area

In carrying out the duties of the post, the employee is required to work in accordance with the policies and procedures of Kings College Hospital, including Health and Safety, confidentiality, data protection and equal opportunities. Kings College Hospital operates a no smoking policy.

This role specification is for guidance only and will change over time and according to circumstances.

Infection Control Statement The post holder has an important responsibility for and contribution to make to infection control and must be familiar with the infection control and hygiene requirements of this role. These requirements are set out in the National Code of Practice on Infection Control and in local policies and procedures which will be made clear during your induction and subsequent refresher training. These standards must be strictly complied with at all times.

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable Criteria


  • NMC registered nurse, with post graduate ophthalmic experience or qualification
  • Evidence of managerial experience
  • Evidence of teaching and developing staff


  • Evidence of extended scope of practice such as post op cataract clinics, intravitreal injector

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup

Sidcup and Orpington

DA14 6LT

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