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Senior Retinal Screener Grader

Employer
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified, enthusiastic and experienced Senior Retinal Screener Grader to join the South East London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, provided by Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

The candidate will work in clinics across Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley, Lewisham , Southwark and Lambeth, later settling into one locality team, with occasional cross cover in other localities.

Screening is delivered in Hospital outpatient clinics, NHS health centres and high street opticians.

The service is one of the largest eye screening programmes in the country, responsible for providing screening to over 100,000 patients and has close links with both ophthalmology and diabetes services across SE London as well as our academic colleagues in King's Health Partners who are leading the field of diabetes research. The successful candidate must hold the national qualification in diabetic eye screening and should be a confident and experienced grader with experience working at Arbitration and ROG level grading.

Experience in capturing and grading OCT images would be an advantage but not essential.Excellent customer care and communication skills are essential for this post. You will be self-disciplined, focused and able to manage clinics independently providing the highest quality care to our patients.

Main duties of the job

Undertake diabetic eye screening on patients with diabetes across a variety of screening sites in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. This includes:
  • taking a brief symptoms and history
  • measuring visual acuity
  • instilling dilating eye drops
  • capturing high quality digital retinal images
  • grading digital retinal images to referral outcome level

Capture and assess Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scans for patients with maculopathy.

Updating the screening database with the patient's demographic details, visual acuity and any other relevant information.

Monitor the grading queues to ensure grading is completed to ensure timely notification of results and onward referral where appropriate.

To train and mentor junior staff in grading (retinal screeners and retinal screener/graders).

Participate in quality assurance, audit and research activities

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 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.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organisation and ensure that our services are of the highest quality, safe and focused on our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Undertake diabetic eye screening on patients with diabetes across a variety of screening sites in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. This includes:
  • taking a brief symptoms and history
  • measuring visual acuity
  • instilling dilating eye drops
  • capturing high quality digital retinal images
  • grading digital retinal images to referral outcome level

Capture and assess Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scans for patients with maculopathy

Updating the screening database with the patients demographic details, visual acuity and any other relevant information.

Monitor the grading queues to ensure grading is completed to ensure timely notification of results and onward referral where appropriate.

To train and mentor junior staff in grading (retinal screeners and retinal screener/graders).

Participate in quality assurance, audit and research activities

Person Specification

Knowledge/Qualifications

Essential

  • Obtained Level 3 Diploma in Retinal Screening
  • Education to graduate level or equivalent experience and level of knowledge in the field of retinopathy grading
  • 5 GCSE grade A-C or equivalent


Skills

Essential

  • Excellent computer literacy
  • Good customer service and communication skills
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Understanding of quality assurance within retinal screening


Desirable

  • Presentation skills


Experience

Essential

  • Experience of Arbitration or ROG level grading
  • Experience of managing busy retinal screening clinics
  • Experience of mentoring and training screening programme staff


Desirable

  • Experience of working in an opthalmology setting
  • Experience of capturing and assessing OCT images
  • Experience of undertaking audit and research
  • Experience of participating in external quality assurance


Physical

Essential

  • Ability to operate a retinal screening camera
  • Able to assist patients with mobility problems


Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Address

SE London

London

SE1 9RT

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