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Ophthalmology Specialist Support Nurse

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Paediatric Ophthalmology team are excited to advertise for a new role of Specialist Support Nurse at a Band 5. This role will be to support children/young people and their families as they visit the ophthalmology clinics. The successful applicant will be working closely with the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the service and the wider multi-disciplinary team which comprises consultants, optometrists, safeguarding team and the inpatient ward staff.

The paediatric team is a dynamic team, recently having won the CUH award for innovation. This is a great opportunity to learn specialist skills and develop Band 5 nursing skills.

The successful candidate will have good clinical skills and previous experience of working in an outpatient setting would be advantageous. You will be providing individualised nursing and family centred care for children in the ophthalmology clinic with minimal supervision.

You will need to be able to assess the care needs of the children / young people coming through ophthalmology as inpatient / outpatients and liaise with the members of the MDT to ensure that the children receive a high standard of care.

You should be able to communicate confidently and effectively with other professionals and also with families / carers. This will enable you to teach families, when appropriate, about ongoing care for their child.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for competently providing safe and effective care to children attending the ophthalmology outpatient department with minimal supervision by a more experienced registered nurse. Assess care needs, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care. To participate in the supervision and teaching of unqualified and qualified staff, including students. To develop specialist skills to support the specialist support nurse and clinical nurse specialist.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close on 23rd November 2023

Interviews are due to be held the week commencing 4th December 2023

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Registered Children's Nurse/RSCN
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Level 3 safeguarding children


  • Teaching and assessing qualification/mentorship course
  • Education to degree level



  • Post-registration experience in an acute care setting
  • Experience in applying safeguarding children policies
  • Experience in using reflective practice


  • Experience in ophthalmology
  • Experience of supervision/mentoring of junior staff
  • Experience of shift management in absence of senior colleagues



  • NMC Code and guidelines for professional practice or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding children procedures


  • Knowledge of basic ophthalmic conditions
  • Awareness of Trust policies



  • . Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing situations
  • Motivated to work collaboratively and enthusiastically as a member of the multi - disciplinary team
  • . Ability to achieve competency in Trust computer systems


  • Evidence of excellent team work
  • Advocate of Paediatric Nursing
  • Awareness of risk management procedure
  • Evidence of participation in audit/research projects

Additional Requirements


  • s The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital - Division E

Hills Road



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