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Clinical Nurse Specilaist Anterior Segment

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Westcliff on Sea
£35,392 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clincal Nurse Specilaist Anterior Segment to join our wonderful Team

You will work in close collaboration with other professionals e.g. Consultants, Clinical leads and Optometrist/Orthoptist lead. The role demands specialized knowledge of anterior segment ophthalmology, with emphasis on cornea and cataract. The ability to work autonomously whilst managing a case load of patients is a requirement of the role.

You will participate in cataract, cornea and casualty clinics providing specialist nursing advice, support, clinical assessment and education to patients/carers, nurses, community organizations and other members of multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will always adhere to NMC Code of Practice and ensure departmental compliance and application of hospital policies and procedures.

There will be some cross site working across MSE sites.

Contract Ends on 31/3/2025.

Main duties of the job

To work within Ophthalmology across the MSE in collaboration with the Consultants, Matron and Clinical leads to ensure high quality patient care is provided.

To give a high-quality nurse-led service to all patients within the sphere of responsibility i.e. nurse-led cornea and/or cataract clinics and in participation in consultant-led- cornea and casualty clinics.

Undertaking anterior segment specialty clinics including cataract, cornea and casualty

Having a sound understanding of specialist diagnostic tests such as biometry, OCT and corneal topography including the interpretation of results.

Requires excellent clinical skills including slit lamp biomicroscopy, contact tonometry, fundoscopy and a sound understanding of a wide variety of ophthalmic conditions and the ability to recognize when escalation to medical colleagues is required.

To work as an expert ophthalmic clinical practitioner, ensuring that staffs have the appropriate skill necessary to care for the designated patient group and to practice autonomously with a high level of accountability at an advanced clinical level in the direct delivery of high-quality care, making critical clinical decisions based on advanced clinical skills assessment,

About us

With a workforce of approximately 15,000 staff, we can now do more and go further in delivering health services to our local communities.

Our ambition is to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, and provide a vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

Patients will experience improved care as well as fewer delays and cancellations. We are able to provide more once-in-a-lifetime specialist care region-wide. With our new trust size will come more opportunities for development, research, networking and innovation.

We aim to make the most of our skills and experiences so we can become the best we can be. As one organisation we will recruit the finest and retain more specialist staff due to more employment opportunities across our Trust.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Work autonomously, be responsible for a caseload of patients, including managing cataract referrals to deliver high quality skilled, evidence based, and patient centered care supported by departmental Standard Operating Procedures, policies and guidelines.

To participate and be involved in nurse led innovations such as carrying out nursing extended roles, such as nurse led high volume low complexity cataract clinic, counselling, and consenting patients for investigative procedures.

To obtain informed consent for specific procedures in line with the relevant Trust policies and protocols ensuring that a full explanation is given.

Collaborate with the multi-professional team to establish diagnosis and to act as the patients advocate during treatment choices.

Be responsible for the assessment of care needs, development, implementation and evaluation of high standards of nursing care.

Please see attached a full job description setting out the details of the role and responsibilities.

We look forward to your application.

Person Specification



  • Level 1 Registered Nurse (Adult)
  • Recognise qualification course in Ophthalmology (ophthalmic course
  • Evidence of continues professional development level

Knowledge and experience


  • Extensive years of post-registration experience
  • Previous experience in ophthalmology department, a minimum of 3 years' experience in Ophthalmology

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Prittlewell Street

Westcliff on Sea


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