Registered Nurse - Ophthalmology Eye Surgery Unit

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum (Pro Rata)
Closing date
10 Oct 2023
Torbay Hospital has an exciting opportunity to recruit a team of ophthalmic theatre practitioners / supporting staff / ODPs having successfully bid for additional day case theatres which are due to be opening in Nov / Dec 2023. One of these new theatres is a dedicated ophthalmology theatre which will create a second full time theatre for the service to serve the population of Torbay and South Devon.

We are recruiting now to provide training within our existing team so that all staff are fully trained, competent and confident for the opening of the second theatre later this year.

We are looking an individual who has interested in working with patients who have sight related problems, who may or may not have experience in this field. Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye and visual system.

This role sits within the Eye Surgery Unit and consists of working within the preoperative assessment of ophthalmic surgical patients including Biometry and other preoperative diagnostics and working on our admission and discharge ward area looking after theatre patients pre and post operatively.

Our staff are committed to providing high standards of individualised care for the people who use our services, whilst maintaining their privacy and dignity at all times.

Main duties of the job

  • Act with professionalism and integrity - being a role model for those around you, ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity
  • Find solutions to problems and be able to demonstrate a positive approach to new challenges, encouraging others to do the same
  • Understand what people need and be adaptable and responsive to provide a service which is tailored to meet the needs of every individual
  • Help to create an environment where differences are valued, encouraged and supported
  • To provide a high-quality, person-centred service which complies with relevant legislation and standards
  • Be honest and learn from mistakes. Help to create a 'no blame' culture where people feel able to share and learn from experiences, together
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team, demonstrating effective communication.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels, both within, and outside the department
  • Be mindful of how your role impacts the wider organisation and the people we serve
  • Build rapport and trust with those you work with, ensuring that people are supported to be as well as they can be
  • Actively listen, showing empathy when needed
  • Be curious and creative about new ideas and possibilities - identify what works well and do more of it
  • Help to develop and foster a learning environment where feedback is welcomed and valued
  • Be able to work with autonomy and be accountable for your actions. Make decisions which are best for the service without seeking permission unless necessary

About us

Having a career that is personally rewarding is great. Joining Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust can provide you with a job that provides personal fulfilment, job security and flexibility. Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye and visual system. The eye, its surrounding structures and the visual system can be affected by a number of clinical conditions.

Eye health services are becoming more and more important as the UK population ages. An ageing population means there are more and more incidences of age-related diseases of the eye, such asage-related macular degeneration. These eye diseases can be successfully treated if caught early, and can be managed effectively with existing treatments and medicines.

The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic, multidiscipline team working together to achieve the best outcome for our patients. This role presents the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by providing care in their time of need.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification .
  • To liaise and communicate effectively with all parts of the multidisciplinary team to co-ordinate person-centred care
  • To liaise and communicate effectively with all service users and relatives
  • To ensure a cohesive working environment and effective team work in all assignments
  • To liaise with the multidisciplinary team, coordinating patient care, communicating with relatives ensuring they have adequate information at all times
  • To liaise with other departments ensuring information regarding the patient is given appropriately
  • Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills to effectively assess, plan, deliver and evaluate individualised care plans
  • Be responsive to change and able to work in an environment which has constant interruptions
  • Act with integrity and professionalism, ensuring that you are demonstrating responsible behaviours at all times, in accordance with our Trust values
  • Be accountable for your actions and learn from mistakes. Be honest and share experiences, encouraging learning in others
  • Supporting the wider team during peak activity or during absences
  • To ensure high standards of care in accordance with agreed policies and procedures
  • To administer prescribed medication effectively and safely according to Trust requirements and in line with the NMC guidelines
  • All staff have a responsibility to ensure that the needs of the service are met in a timely and efficient manner
  • Encourage and welcome feedback to ensure that we as individuals, and as a collective team, learn and continually improve
  • To be aware of all Trust policies and procedures
  • There is no direct supervision responsibility within this role however you may be asked to support other members of the team, acting as a role model at all times
  • On occasions take charge of an area in the absence of more senior staff
  • Work flexibly to ensure the department collectively achieves its goals. Work with colleagues, seeking or offering support as required
  • To be responsible for own personal and professional development attending study days/courses as appropriate
  • Attend mandatory training is kept up-to-date and develop and maintain own knowledge and skills
  • Actively contribute to reviews with your line manager, including supervision and achievement reviews. Be able to ask for support as required
  • To keep up to date with nursing developments and research, incorporating into nursing practice where appropriate
  • To be accountable for own actions


Person Specification



  • Hospital sector experience


  • Ophthalmic experience
  • 1yr experience as registered nurse
  • Aware if clinical governance and NHS Plans

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay Hospital

Lawes bridge



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