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Retinal Nurse Specialist COH

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Retinal Nurse Specialist to join our already established Ophthalmology team in Colchester Hospital.

Our dedicated Retinal Specialist will identify opportunities for service expansion and lead the ongoing development of retinal services including pathway implementation.

Your responsibilities will include the management and delivery of direct clinical care to retinal patients and follow up care by providing a predominantly clinic based service for this patient group.

You will contribute to the retinal team dynamics and be physically able to meet the demands of the post, working autonomously to co-ordinate and deliver comprehensive care to our patients.

This post is a permanent role, part time- 30 hours per week.

If you are energetic, enthusiastic and would like to join our friendly team, we would like to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical, professional and strategic leadership of Retinal Services within the department. The post holder will identify opportunities for service expansion and lead the development and redesign of retinal services including pathway implementation.

To be recognised as a clinical expert in Retina ensuring all advise and services provided are evidence-based and in line with national and local policies and guidelines.

Responsibilities will include the management and delivery of direct clinical care to retinal patients, follow up care and discharge summaries. This will be provided in both a clinic based service and virtual based service for this patient group. This will include assessment, diagnosis, provision of education, advice, emotional and psychological support, counselling regarding range of treatment options and list for surgical intervention if appropriate.

To act as an advanced autonomous practitioner who is professionally and legally accountable and responsible for all aspects of work including decisions about treatment and management of highly complex patients.

To demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning and decision-making by analysing highly complex facts or situations which maybe conflicting thus requiring an appraisal of a range of options.

About us

One of the largest Trust's in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health & Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • oRegistered Nurse First Level
  • oDegree 1st level (Relevant healthcare related)
  • oQualification at masters level
  • oENB 346 or equivalent post-registration qualification in specialist area)
  • oNon-Medical Prescriber/working towards
  • oGOC Registered Optometrist


  • oUndertaking current academic study



  • oProven experience at band 6/7 within a similar setting
  • oClinical expertise within speciality
  • oAudit and research experience
  • oExperience of teaching and assessing in a clinical area
  • oEvidence of managing and improving the patient experience



  • oSound evidence of clinical ability
  • oArticulates understanding of prioritising clinical issues
  • oArticulates understanding of managing clinical risk
  • oProvides evidence of ability to make changes in nursing practice
  • oKnowledge of up to date clinical practice and current issues and current issues relating to profession

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester Hospital

Turner Road



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