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Diabetic Eye Screener Grader

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts
£28,407 to £34,581 a year agenda for change annex U applies for unqualified screeners
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Greater Nottingham Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is looking for candidates who are interested in training towards being a Diabetic Retinal Screener Grader or some who is already a qualified Screener/Grader.

The training involves completion of a two year diploma including on the job support and training. You will be working from Ropewalk House and will travel to and from healthcare settings within Nottinghamshire undertaking screening clinics.

Main duties of the job

In addition to the below summary you need to familiarize yourself with full Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert.

For the trainee post, applicants must be educated to A level standard and be proficient within using a computer and software packages. Previous experience in customer care and in the field of science, healthcare or photography is a must. For the qualified position, applicants must hold the Diploma and have experience of working in the field.

You will be able to work both as part of a team and independently in developing and delivering the programme and must present excellent communication skills within the multidisciplinary team. You will be accountable in carrying out clinical duties as a lone worker associated with the role and are expected to work in line with National Quality Assurance Standards.

Applicants must demonstrate excellent planning and organisational skills along with confident decision making and effective problem solving. Effective teamwork is an important element of the role and we encourage you to speak up regarding new ideas and support development. A variety of essential tasks alongside screening and grading will be required including data collection and analysis, liaising with a number of internal and external contacts and involvement in service improvement projects, therefore your enthusiasm for a career in Diabetic Eye Screening must be evident.

About us

With over 20,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the city with a central role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population. We play a leading role in research, education and innovation.

Come and join our wonderful team at NUH. We are big believers in diversity and welcome new ideas to help develop our team in order to deliver world class healthcare to the vast patient populations we serve. With endless personal development opportunities available, at NUH we will endeavour to turn your job into a career!

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, or Disabled, as we are striving to be better represented at NUH.

Our values are: Caring and helpful Safe and Vigilant for our patients and colleagues Being Clinically Excellent and driving innovation to meet the needs of our patients Using our Resources wisely whilst Providing Quality products, services and experiences for staff and patients

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Diabetic Eye Screener, observe and care for patients attending screening appointments, liaising with administrative staff, porters, nurses and medical staff as appropriate in the best interest of the patient and any escorts.

As a Diabetic Eye Screener, carry out other duties in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and the National Screening Committee guidelines including obtaining informed consent, putting patients at ease, explaining the reasons for their appointment and answering any queries.

As a Diabetic Eye Screener you will be required to manage clinics independently, this includes making decisions independently while in clinic, seeking support and advice where appropriate.

Extract and accurately record health information from patients.

Administration of dilation drops in patient eyes

To photograph diabetic patients in the community, hospital and Prison setting using a non-mydriatic camera and to triage based on clinical findings.

Supervise trainee staff in a clinic setting and assess trainee against standard operating procedures.

Carry out Diabetic Eye Screening appointments with taking images of the retina using a retinal imaging camera in accordance with the current guidelines for diabetic Eye Screener and the programme protocol.

Ensure images are of adequate quality and that they save before finishing a screening encounter, explain to patients the next steps and when they will receive their result letters. This may involve tact and diplomacy when dealing with a range of patients with different needs.

Ensure the safe use of expensive retinal imaging cameras including transporting portable equipment to various screening locations.

Monitor equipment used in the course of the role, ensure it is kept clean and record / report any faults.

Demonstrate duties and techniques to less experienced and new staff. May provide some basic clinical supervision.

As a screener, record accurate visual acuity clinical measurements and other information as required.

Grade images according to the national grading standards all images need to be assessed to ensure the quality and other factors meet with agreed protocols.

To review and grade the images produced in accordance with defined National protocols and to act upon the grading result appropriately, including diagnosis of lesions which require urgent or routine referrals.

Grading will be done across Primary Grading and Secondary Grading pathways.

Complete mandatory Test and Training image sets according to national standards

Carry out patient safety incident reports and add them to DATIX

Maintain continuing professional development (CPD)

Person Specification



  • Knowledge and experience of working within a Diabetic Eye Screening Programme - Non Trainee
  • Knowledge of National QA Standards - non trainee
  • Experience of using software packages
  • Experience in the field of science, photography or healthcare.
  • Experience of data input and reconciliation of data
  • Experience of working within clear guidelines and protocol


  • 3 years working in a diabetic eye screening programme as a screener/grader

Training and Qualfications


  • Passed Diploma for Health Screeners (or C& G) - Diabetic Eye Screening- non trainee
  • Educated to A level standard
  • European Computer Driving Licence or equivalent through experience


  • A recognised photographic qualification to HND or Degree level.
  • A recognised science based qualification to HND or Degree level.
  • IT / data analysis experience

Communication and relationship


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate with staff and patients who have experienced sensory loss i.e. deaf or visual impairedent information clearly and precisely
  • Ability to document information clearly and precisely
  • Able to handle difficult conversations with tact and diplomacy.

Analytical and Judgement skill


  • Ability to self direct and use initiative
  • Must be committed to delivering a quality service
  • Ability to manage change effectively
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


Ropewalk House



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