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Department Manager

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
20 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
There are so many reasons to join our team at Sunderland Eye Infirmary.Aside from our fantastic staff, we have lots of exciting things going on.Our plans for ourEye Hospital in Sunderland are taking shape and will be our new home, with work having started this year. The new hospital means Sunderland will remain home to the regions only dedicated standalone eye hospital. It will strengthen our excellent reputation across the NHS, both regionally and nationally as a centre of excellence for ophthalmology care.

We also never stay still when it comes to discovering new and better treatments. As one of the few specialist eye hospitals in the country, research and using developing technology is a key part of our work. We encourage innovation and research in everything we do. There is always something to get involved in.If you share our vision for'excellence in all that we do', wed love you to join us!

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Sunderland Eye Infirmary (SEI), for a Band 7 Eye Emergency Department Manager 37.5hours per week. This busy ophthalmic accident and emergency department offers a 7-day service where staff work on a rota basis to ensure the service needs are met. The team delivers a fast, high-quality service to patients attending A+E with a variety of ophthalmic conditions. Delivering first aid and emergency diagnostics to assist the medical and nursing team in timely diagnosis and treatment for every patient who attends.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a highly motivated, dynamic, enthusiastic Registered Adult Nurse who has extensive post registration experience, some of which will be at band 6 level within Ophthalmology.

You will need to have a sound knowledge of ophthalmic conditions, anatomy and physiology of the eye and associated pathology including current treatments and patient pathways. You will be able to prioritise workload to ensure patients receive care within an appropriate time frame. You will also need to be able to deal with conflict and challenging behaviour in a calm practical manner. It is expected that the post holder will also provide SEI senior nurse site cover when on duty in the absence of the Matron.

The successful candidate will have the exciting opportunity in the future to manage the purpose-built department in the new state-of-the-art Sunderland Eye Hospital situated in Sunderland city centre which is expected to open in 2026.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Ward/Department Manager has 24 hour accountability for patient safety and patient experience on their ward/department, including line management of their staff.
  • They must deliver high quality nursing care by ensuring appropriate systems and processes are in place to provide the continuity of safe and effective care at all times.
  • They will act as a champion for professional accountability and standards, ensuring that professional practices are in line with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and Trust Policy.
  • Ensure environmental standards and cleanliness of the ward/department are maintained in line with Trust and National standards.
  • Effectively manage the ward/department nursing resource, ensuring that staff rotas are able to deliver safe and effective patient care.
  • Support and contribute to the development of patient care and nursing practice within the Directorate. Supervising junior staff. Contribute to Trust wide projects as required.
  • Ensure effective line management of staff and ensure they are supported in performing to their full potential. Ensure junior staff have appropriate support and supervision and are appropriately assessed.
  • To comply with the trusts vision, values and behavioural compact.


Person Specification



  • Extensive post registration experience, some of which will be at a senior level within the required specialist area of practice
  • Experience of change management
  • Thorough understanding of contemporary nursing issues
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Evidence of innovation in practice
  • Participation in recruitment and selection process
  • Demonstrable Ophthalmology experience


  • Experience of working at Band 6 and/or Band 7
  • Experience of service redesign

Physical skills


  • Ability to assist patients to move as per Trust Moving and Handling Policy

Skills and Knowledge


  • Evidence of leadership qualities
  • Awareness of national health and social care policy
  • Knowledge of best practice in area of specialism
  • Thorough understanding of expanded roles/professional practice issues
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassurance skills are required
  • Able to work without supervision
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft office packages
  • Proven interpersonal skills
  • Practice assessor/ supervision skills
  • Appraisal skills
  • Evidence of competency in relation to nursing practices appropriate to the post


  • Understanding of budget and financial control systems
  • Research skills



  • Current NMC Registration (Level 1 adult nurse)
  • Degree in nursing studies or healthcare related subject (UK equivalent)
  • Masters level study, or equivalent specialist study/experience
  • Mentorship certificate/ Practice Assessor training or demonstrable equivalent experience


  • Management and leadership training
  • ILM qualification

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Eye Infirmary

Queen Alexandra Road



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