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Oculoplastic Specialist Nurse-EMPCC

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa / pro rota for part time hours
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A very exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and dynamic nurse to join our Oculoplastics service within Ophthalmology at UHL. We are seeking an experienced NMC registered nurse with experience of working within Ophthalmology who has a desire to progress to a Clinical Specialist role.

We are looking for a motivated person, willing to develop and becoming an autonomous practitioner with the Oculoplastics team. The candidate will need to demonstrate of excellent communication skills, strong passion to make a positive impact to patient care. While specialist support and training will be provided for the right candidate, relevant clinical experience in ophthalmology is essential. You will be required to complete an in-house clinical skills competency package.

You will be supported by our experienced and passionate Oculoplastics Consultants and well established Oculoplastics specilaist nurse team in the care and management of this patient group. With the Consultants and other Specialist Nurses you will work towards setting up nurse led clinics, improving services for Oculoplastic patients.

You will have a flexible approach to meet needs of the service. Some off hospital site working will be considered as service capacity increases. You will be expected provide an efficient and effective service for a quality patient experience. There is a requirement in this role for you to be involved in research studies and teaching of patients, staff and the wider MDT.

Main duties of the job

The Oculoplastics Nurse Specialist will act as the clinical expert and professional resource to the multi professional team, patients and carers within the Oculoplastics service.

The post holder will receive training & mentorship from clinicians and the existing post holder with the ultimate aim of the development nurse role working independently as the Oculoplastics specialist nurse. Once trained the post will include the management of a caseload of patients, providing specialist advice within their clinical area. The post holder when fully trained will act as a clinical leader and role model for ongoing development of clinical practice, research and standards of care.

The Oculoplastics nurse specialist will be a core member of the department and will be responsible for ensuring a coordinated and comprehensive range of services are provided for all patients receiving active treatments for Oculoplastics that are referred to UHL.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work alongside the Oculoplastics consultants and current Oculoplastics nurse in order to gain the necessary skills and competencies to practice autonomously.

To manage caseload of patients within the Oculoplastics specialty, delivering individualised and personalised direct patient care.

To provide clinical expertise and specialist advice within a defined area of practice eg Patient Education, Patient education about eye drops and how to use them and importance of compliance, Patient education and help consent process by explaining the procedures at pre assessment clinic

To support, encourage and advise clinical teams, by the provision of specialist knowledge and advice in the care of Oculoplastics patients.

To promote high quality clinical care, and assist in the clinical development of the specialist service, by ensuring the use of evidence-based practice and clinical standards within the speciality.

To contribute to the development of policies and clinical guidelines in support of the Oculoplastics nursing service.

To provide specialist education to members of the clinical team and facilitates learning and individual personal development.

To contribute to the development and delivery of a patient focused education and information giving strategy within the speciality.

To participate in the implementation of new methods and practices in relation to the speciality.

To contribute to audit and research activities within the speciality, and in collaboration with colleagues.

To participate in the promotion of the speciality by publishing and presenting innovations and research findings locally and nationally.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • 1st Level Nurse
  • Recognised Teaching Qualification
  • First Degree or willingness to undertake further study to fulfil role.
  • NMC Registered


  • Ophthalmology course
  • Leadership course/training



  • Post-Registration experience, including essential experience in ophthalmology or to have completed development
  • Understanding of audit principles
  • Understanding autonomous working
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Knowledge of audit and research
  • Intraocular pressure check and vision check
  • To have the necessary experience to undergo and complete in house training to enable the continuation of nurse led discharge.
  • Ability to perform basic ocular examination

Communication and relationship skills


  • The ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Diplomatic
  • Assertive and confident
  • Personal and professional maturity
  • Recognition of own limitations
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm
  • Ability to work in a calm and positive manner
  • Teaching /assessment skills

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Ability to make decisions under pressure

Physical Skills


  • Understanding of working independently
  • Teaching/assessment skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Leadership and motivation skills
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Ability to travel between sites and out to the alliance is essential


  • Organisational and negotiation skills
  • Ability to supervise and demonstrate potential to lead
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to continually develop and update policies and procedures to enhance nursing practice in accordance with UHL guidelines.

Planning and organisation skills


  • Prioritisation of workload
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to oversee multiple processes and ensure maintained

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs. All staff are expected to engage in compassionate and inclusive leadership in the provision of high

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's Values and Behaviours

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Ability to function effectively both independently, and part of a team Flexibility toward service provision


  • Understanding of wider issues relating to specialist nurse roles

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary

Infirmary Square



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