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Sister/Charge Nurse - Ophthalmology

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a. Inc HCA
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced ophthalmology nurse manager with excellent communication, managerial and leadership skills to join our ophthalmology department as a Sister/Charge Nurse.

If you are a highly motivated, passionate and experienced ophthalmology nurse manager and are interested in an opportunity to further develop your managerial and leadership skills, this could be the job for you working within a renowned and innovative multi-disciplinary team at one of the UK's leading teaching Hospitals in the heart of London.

The post holder must possess demonstrable experience as a senior nurse manager working in a hospital setting and have extensive experience in staff management. In addition they will need to possess excellent communication and inter-personal skills and be able to network with the multi-disciplinary teams. An ability to manage and coordinate the nursing and technician teams in delivering high quality and safe care for our patients is paramount.

In collaboration with the matron and other members of the senior ophthalmology management team, the post holder will be closely involved in the planning, delivery and implementation of patient care.

Closing date: 26/11/2023

Interview date: 08/12/2023

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the effective and efficient operational management of the department/ward including budget control, clinical governance, staff development and training. The post holder will be expected to provide professional leadership within the clinical area and provide direction and inspirational leadership to all members of the multi disciplinary team within the area for which they are accountable for. The post holder will be involved in the development of protocols / guidelines and patient information. Responsible for the direct line management of the technician workforce along with our Principle Optometrist.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and ResponsibilitiesClinical Leadership and Managerial

Lead the ward/Department team and build successful links between key professionals to support and promote effective multi-disciplinary team working.

Manage the department nursing staff (in the absence of the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the area) and technician workforce in conjunction with Principle optometrist and Lead Imager, ensuring the patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.

Be wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC code of professional conduct and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve his / her knowledge and professional competence.

Communicate effectively and efficiently and liaise with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that patients receive seamless care within the trust.

Act as a professional nurse leader and role model to the staff. To apply clinical skills of the highest standard and to take a proactive approach to the development of clinical competence in self and others.

Maximise use of clinical resources, implementing best practice in patient flow, admission and discharge arrangements.

Monitor monthly budget statements, identifying trends, understanding spending patterns in order to stay in budget and to take action as required.

Comply with the Trusts standing financial instructions.

Ensure that the departments have adequate resources / equipment to provide an effective service.

Develop and maintain effective channels of communication between all members of the multi disciplinary team.

To ensure the Matron is informed when changes to circumstances may affect safe competent practice.

Participate in nursing and multi professional research and audit and to implement actions identified from quality initiatives.

Identify and intervene where circumstances contribute to an unsafe environment for patients and staff. To bring instances to the attention of the Matron / Head of Nursing for the area.

Lead and support the ward team through the process of change, demonstrating tenacity, drive, professional integrity, balance and perspective.

Deputise for the Matron as appropriate

Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication including transfusion of blood

Responsible for the correct administration of blood products.

Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in the speciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to lead others to do the same.

Act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.

Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.Staff Management, Education and Training

Motivate, develop, support and identify training needs for department staff.

Implement and work within the Trusts HR policies on all staffing matters, including sickness, capability and disciplinary issues. Take corrective measures if indicated in liaison with Human Resources and the Matron.

Work with the Matron and Human Resources Department in the recruitment, selection, appointment and retention of staff.

Monitor recruitment and retention and use all available strategies to retain and motivate staff e.g. flexible working policy.

Participate in appraisals and the setting of objectives for junior staff in the department to enable them to achieve optimal effectiveness and to understand their contribution to the directorate.

Ensure that appropriate written induction programmes are available and utilised for all new staff within the department

Working closely with the Practice Development Team, ensure that relevant clinical based teaching programmes are in place and maintain accurate training records.

Actively participate in teaching of junior staff and students.

Ensure that nursing staff receive appropriate training and professional education in accordance with the NMCs PREP Recommendations.

Ensure that staff attend and assist in training where appropriate on mandatory training sessions and maintain accurate records of these.

Liaise with affiliated Institutes of Higher Education to ensure that the learning environment is appropriate for both pre and post registration learners and undertaking any action identified through audit.

Participate in the education and assessment of staff undertaking a specialist course or further education programmes.

Keep abreast of developments and research in Nursing Practice.

Adhere to trust and departmental policies and procedures, ensuring that all staff do the same.

Ensure optimised skill mix within the department/ward and reviewing the skill mix as required and monitoring the use of bank and agency staff.

Organise team meetings at an appropriate frequency, recording and circulating minutes of these. To ensure a good method of communication within the department at all times and to encourage the exchange and implementation of new ideas and evidence based practice.

Clinical Governance, Audit And Research

Ensure that the delivery of care to all patients meet the standards set by yourself and the Trust.

Take responsibility for ensuring the highest standards of Infection prevention and control are practiced at all times.

Demonstrate a high level of commitment to and enthusiasm for research, evidence based practice, audit and education in the clinical area.

Actively contribute to reconfiguration projects, service redesign developments and Directorate business planning as required.

Be proactive in the risk assessment, management, clinical incident reporting and management of complaints.

Ensure all staff move and handle patients and goods in ways that promote the health of the patient and care team and are consistent with legislation.

Contribute to the development of Directorate and Trust policies, procedures and clinical guidelines and ensure adherence by self and ward team.

Undertake clinical and associated audits as appropriate for the given area.

Record and report all incidents, accidents and complaints involving staff, patients and visitors in accordance with the trust policies and initiate investigations as required.

Participate in, and comply with, the trusts framework for clinical governance within the department area.

Assist in the investigation and timely resolution of complaints, incidents and comments within the Pre operative Assessment Unit and Surgical Admissions Lounge.

Service Development

Lead on the implementation of the clinical and organisational model for the area.

Lead on ensuring that the area continues to be based upon sound business projections, good financial planning and delivered according to appropriate standards within financial resources.

Contribute to and to be aware of the business plan and its implication for service delivery and nursing',

Lead on monitoring the overall activity for the area.

Identify opportunities to develop new ways of working and challenge, change and expand roles, working in conjunction with the Education and Practice Development Team/s, Matrons and Head of Nursing.

Proactively seek feedback on patient and public experience in order to address concerns in a timely manner and build on success.

Assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of departmental protocols ensuring coherence and consistency across both sites.

To undertake audit and monitoring of the department/ward and participate in the implementation of changes to improve service delivery.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Postgraduate studies



  • IT proficient
  • demonstrate how role modelling affects a nursing team
  • Evidence of leading and managing a team
  • Change management skills



  • Evidence of line management of staff
  • Evidence of working in a multi disciplinary team
  • Roster management experience
  • Experience with developing staff
  • Providing quality and safety assurance
  • Performance management experience


  • Experience in ophthalmology

Values and Behaviours


  • Evidence of trust values and behaviours

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas'



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