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Lead Clinical Nurse - Ophthalmology

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within Division D ophthalmology for a senior nurse who is highly motivated to join the team as a senior leader. You must be an innovative and hardworking adult nurse with a broad range of skills and experiences. Interest in and experience of ophthalmology would be a great asset.

You will be accountable for Ophthalmology providing clinical leadership and operational management across all elements of the service including pre- assessment, day surgery, urgent eye, outpatients, and ongoing care in order to ensure a professional, safe and efficient service to patients and staff, working collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team.

You must possess and be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and management skills. We are seeking to appoint a compassionate and caring nurse who will be able to work closely with the Senior Team to deliver outstanding care.

Main duties of the job

Provide Innovative, Clinical, professional, and managerial leadership , providing a highly visible and authoritative presence ensuring the provision of high quality, responsive services with the needs of the patient at the center of care delivery.Work in partnership with the Operations Manager and the Divisional Senior Management Team to ensure effective and efficient management of the department to meet agreed targets within the resources available. Be accountable for all clinical and non-clinical aspects of quality within the service.

Maintain a visible presence where patients, staff and visitors can turn for assistance and upon whom they can rely to ensure that the fundamental and specialist aspects of care are met. This includes working clinical shifts.Support the Head of Nurse nurse by leading and developing nurses and nursing practice.

50% Clinical (Combination of rostered & supernumery.)

clinical in this context is a visible, tangible presence in a clinical area having 1:1 contact with patients, relatives and /or staff)

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) 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.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

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Closing date is midnight on 28 May 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 6 June 2024

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)

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



  • Current and relevant NMC registration
  • First level registered nurse
  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Degree in health related subject
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Management training


  • Evidence of masters level study
  • Recent attendance on leadership programme
  • Ophthalmology experience



  • Significant experience managing a ward / unit
  • Broad senior clinical and managerial experience relevant to the post
  • Success in working collaboratively across professions and services
  • Demonstrable success in managing change
  • Experience with the introduction of evidence based practice
  • Project management


  • Experience obtained in more than one clinical setting.
  • Research experience
  • Audit experience



  • Clinical practice and demonstrable knowledge of developments in nursing policy and practice
  • Good understanding of risk and clinical governance
  • The NHS plan and delivering Making a Difference
  • The importance of successful partnership working
  • Lifelong learning, professional education and training
  • Workforce planning, recruitment and retention


  • Ability to operationalise strategies



  • Highly effective leadership skills and ability to motivate
  • Excellent communications skills (interpersonal, negotiation, liaison, written and presentation skills)
  • Advising and influencing senior managers in relation to risk management and quality improvement 4 Budget management 5 Developing and implementing policies, guidelines and projects from initiation to completion 6 Computer literate in basic programmes, i.e. word, PowerPoint and excel 7 Ability to prioritise, meet tight deadlines and work independently 8 Positive and effective team member and leader 9 Commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role

Additional Requirements


  • 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 D

Hills Road



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