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Staff Nurse/Ophthalmic Theatre Practitioner

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an passionate and hard-working Registered Nurse or Ophthalmic Theatre Practitioner to join our Eye Treatment Centre team. This role primarily involves working in our eye theatres, assisting with a range of surgeries including cataracts, oculoplastics, strabismus, corneal, and glaucoma procedures. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to rotate into various areas of the Eye Treatment Centre, including clinics, the ward, and the intravitreal injection service.

Join our dedicated team and be part of an innovative Eye Treatment Centre that sees over 200 patients daily for a variety of eye conditions. We offer a supportive and collaborative work environment where your skills and expertise will be nurtured and valued. With opportunities to rotate through different areas of the centre, you will gain diverse experience and continue to develop professionally. We are committed to providing comprehensive training, so even if you are new to ophthalmic care, you will receive the support you need to succeed. If you are passionate about eye care and thrive in a rewarding setting, we would love to have you on our team.

Main duties of the job

Assist in Ophthalmic Surgeries: You will be directly involved in a variety of surgical procedures, including cataracts, oculoplastics, strabismus, corneal, and glaucoma surgeries. Your role will involve preparing the operating room, managing surgical instruments, and providing critical support to the surgical team.

Pre- and Post-Operative Care: Your responsibilities will include preparing patients for surgery and providing post-operative care, ensuring they receive the highest standard of care throughout their recovery process.

Collaboration and Communication: Work closely with surgeons, anaesthetists, and other healthcare professionals to ensure coordinated and efficient patient care. Your ability to communicate effectively and work as part of a team is crucial.

Continuous Learning and Development: Engage in ongoing training and professional development opportunities to stay current with the latest practices and advancements in ophthalmic care.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description for full details.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • NMC/HPC Registration
  • Current BLS
  • Working toward completion of ILS course
  • Evidence of on-going professional development


  • Experience of Ophthalmology within the theatre environment

Experience and knowledge


  • Interest and insight into a high volume, fast turnover work environment
  • Recent relevant experience in acute care
  • Experience at working within a MDT.
  • Experience in delivering health education to patients.

Skills and abilities


  • Willingness to share knowledge.
  • Previous mentorship experience
  • Willingness to undertake a course in mentorship
  • Demonstrate well organised time management skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate good organisational skills.

Personal qualities


  • Evidence of good time keeping
  • Strong desire to be part of an integrated team.
  • Able to work under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Bury St Edmunds


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