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Specialist Nurse - Ophthalmology

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per Annum
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner will have their own clinics, consisting of Triaging/ Assessment/ Examination/ Discharge of patients.

St Pauls is extremely patient focused and we strive to achieve this to a high standard.

The St Pauls team are welcoming and enjoy not only working as a team but also autonomously, they are friendly and keen to share their knowledge.

As a Nurse Practitioner, you are encouraged to share ideas and be involved in decision making/ future planning of the role and development of the staff and will also play a part in the forward planning of how services will be delivered going forward.

They will be there to support Junior Staff, to teach and develop existing staff members and be an advocate for them.

They will also deputise in the absence of the Band 7.

Main duties of the job

An opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Nurse Practitioner within St. Paul's / Ophthalmology.These are both extremely busy departments with a high volume of patients. The post will involve assessment / treatment of ophthalmic patients , involvement in setting up nurse led clinics and deputising for the management band 6/7 in both departments.The post holder must be flexible in their working pattern and will include early and late shifts and also weekend work.It is essential that the applicant has at least 2 years' experience working within an Ophthalmic A& E / OPD setting.

If the applicants do not have the relevant Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner qualification, Annex 21 training pay scale will be applied to the post ( 75% of the top of the Band will be paid until completion of training ).The successful applicant will be assisting in the development of new models of care to help the transition into the new Hospital, therefore must be enthusiastic and forward thinking.

We are pleased to say that our Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioners are now able to enrol onto the Royal College of Ophthalmology Nurse Practitioner course ( OPT ) and this will be offered to the successful candidate.

An ANEX 21 (trainingpost) would be considered in order to gain the required qualifications.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Management.1. To manage the ward/department and deputise in the absence of theManager. (KSF dimension 21 level 2)2. To delegate effectively. (KSF dimension 21 level 2)3. To assess, plan and evaluate patient care and assist others to manageevidence based nursing care. (KSF dimension 21 level 2)4. To facilitate communication with other departments and disciplines in order tobuild and maintain a high regard for the Unit. (KSF dimension 21 level 2)5. To ensure adequate ward cover through effective off-duties and to manageTrust requirements for study leave allocation and sickness. (KSF dimension21 level 2)6. To contribute to planning, monitoring and control of resources. (KSFdimension 21 level 2)7. To ensure that working practices satisfy current Health & Safety regulations.Attend risk management forum and be responsible for incident reporting asper Trust policy. (KSF dimension 3 level 2)Clinical Practice1. To ensure that patient care meets the highest possible standards inaccordance with Clinical Nursing Guidelines. (KSF dimension 7 level 3)2. To perform comprehensive assessment of patient nursing needs andevaluate care delivery according to changing needs and varying levels ofcomplexity. (KSF dimension 7 level 3)V3.0 (Nov 09)Education1. To be responsible for assessing the current training requirements for all wardstaff including mandatory training. This will be done through PersonalDevelopment Plans, in conjunction with appraisal and providing opportunitiesfor their self-development. (KSF dimension 2 level 2)2. To participate, in conjunction with the School of Nursing, in the promotion ofan active learning environment for student nurses allocated to Ward orDepartment, both internally and externally. (KSF dimension 2 level 2)3. To contribute to the training and development of teams, individuals and self toenhance performance. (KSF dimension 2 level 2)4. Take part in nursing audit and research and continually monitor levels of carethrough benchmarking and initiate changes as required. (KSF dimension 2level 2)Practitioner Role (KSF 8 level 3)1. Evaluation and assessment of patients and diagnosis of a specific range ofconditions (see relevant competency package).2. To provide patients and their carers with relevant pre and post-operativeinformation or education relating to specific condition.3. Preparation, where necessary, for relevant surgery and involvement inconsent process.4. Independent examination of post-operative patients at day one andsubsequent follow up clinics. Referral to doctor when necessary.5. Independent examination of patients presenting in A+E and those attendingNurse Practitioner clinics6. Listing of patients eye for surgery or discharge when no further managementrequired.7. To work in a collaborative manner with all members of the multi-disciplinaryteam.8. To co-operate in the development of appropriate standards, guidelines, auditsand continuous monitoring of the above.9. To recognise and implement improvements to the service when necessary.10. To assist the surgeon, when necessary, as Scrub Nurse.11. Monitor and evaluate clinic templates.Specific Ophthalmic Responsibilities (KSF 7 level 1)1. Visual assessment and other ophthalmic investigations of patients attendingthe department i.e.: IOP, RAPD etc.2. Preparation of patients undergoing ophthalmic investigations, includingrequesting of relevant investigations, surgical procedures.3. Admission and discharge of patients to Ward/Department.Research1. Promote research activity amongst the nursing staff2. Ensure regular audit of practice is undertaken in the department3. Develop systems of practice to ensure the implementation of changes topractice4. based on research findings, systematic reviews and where there is sufficient

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse / Midwife
  • Post-basic specialist Qualification relevant to speciality
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Recordable specialist qualification
  • Independent Nurse Prescribing
  • ECDL



  • In depth specialist knowledge



  • Post registration experience
  • Extensive clinical experience
  • Involvement in audit


  • Participation in research
  • Evidence of leading and facilitating change



  • Teaching / assessment skills Organisation and negotiation skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Leadership & motivation skills
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Evidence of audit and change management ability
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to work both on own initiative and within a team



  • Diplomatic
  • Assertive and confident
  • Recognition of own limitations
  • Able to travel between sites
  • Flexibility

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Ophthal A+E

Prescot Street


L7 8XP

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