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Staff Nurse Ophthalmic Outpatient, POWCH

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Band 5 agenda for change
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Ophthalmics nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
This is your opportunity to join the Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust Ophthalmic team as a part time (30 hours) band 5 staff nurse. We are a friendly countywide team and our new innovative ways of working ensures a truly patient centred approach throughout our units.

The ophthalmology units consist of an outpatient consulting suite together with a day care unit and operating theatres.

The post holder would have a base at the Princess of Wales Community hospital and be required to work in all areas of the Ophthalmology department to include our clinic, eye theatres and day case unit. As a countywide service delivering ophthalmic care you will be required to travel between sites on occasions.

You will need to be committed, enthusiastic, reliable and flexible in working hours to cover all clinics and theatre sessions.

Main duties of the job

Main duties:

To have an understanding of a range of work procedures and practices, which requires expertise within ophthalmology, underpinned by theoretical knowledge or relevant experience.

General assessment of visual acuity, instillation of eye medications and application of eye dressings to support the medical colleagues clinical commitments.

To be responsible for organising a wide range of ophthalmic clinics in order to maintain a quality service.

To be competent to perform any of the following Theatre roles: Admission, Escort, Circulator, Scrub and Discharge.

To work according to the NMC Code and relevant professional guidelines as a named nurse for a defined group of patients and take responsibility.


Essential criteria

Registered Nurse on sub part 1 or 2 of the professional register.

Evidence of continuing education for more experienced Band 5 nurses in speciality.

Desirable criteria

Teaching and Assessing qualification.


Desirable criteria

Experience working within a Day Surgery setting or Ophthalmology.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is over 7,000 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose
  • To work according to the NMC Code and relevant professional guidelines as a named nurse for a defined group of patients and take responsibility for:

  • The assessment of care and health education needs.

    The development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care including discharge planning for each patient.

    To gain experience and skills in:

    Clinical Practice

    Facilitation and teaching

  • To work in accordance with the WAH Nursing Strategy and contribute towards achieving its objectives.
  • To maintain effective communication with all hospital personnel, patients and significant others.
  • To participate in Clinical Supervision & Preceptorship as appropriate and act as a facilitator/mentor/preceptor /role model to less experienced staff.

  • Key duties
    • The particular duties to be undertaken by the post holder will be determined by the department manager. Objectives, performance and training needs will be regularly reviewed in accordance with the Trusts Performance review guidelines.

    Risk assessment

    The post involves manual handling activities and exposure to body fluids and chemicals. May involve some VDU work and individuals may be/are exposed to violence and aggression.

    Patient Care Responsibilities

    Acting as a Named Nurse, to maintain accountability for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programmes of care within the framework of team nursing.

    To promote a patient focused approach to care in collaboration with all relevant health professionals.

    To educate patients and their carers as required where a need has been identified.

    To provide information which enables patients to make choices about adopting a healthier lifestyle.

    To complete patient documentation correctly.

    To assist in establishing and monitoring protocols/care pathways.

    To support peoples equality, diversity and rights at all times.

    To safe guard vulnerable adults in accordance with agreed policies and procedures.

    Professional Development and Education Responsibilities

    To attend Trust/local orientation programmes and mandatory training sessions.

    To be responsible for developing and sustaining own knowledge, clinical skills and professional awareness in accordance with PREP requirements and to maintain a professional portfolio with evidence of reflective practice.

    To contribute to annual appraisal and be responsible for own Personal Development Programme.

    To participate in the Trusts Preceptorship/Clinical Supervision Programmes.

    To assist in the development and implementation of nursing practice guidelines, standards and policies.

    To assist in the training and development of student nurses, inexperienced staff and complete assessors training as required.

    Research and Development Responsibilities

    To assist in promoting nursing practice in line with relevant research.

    To maintain an awareness of evidence-based practice

    To contribute to research and development programmes within the ward/department

    Audit, Quality and Risk Management Responsibilities

    To contribute to the setting and monitoring of measurable standards of care and be accountable for maintaining standards.

    To maintain awareness of the national, professional and local quality issues relevant to the delivery of nursing services, e.g. Clinical Governance.

    To uphold quality initiatives that improve customer care and enhance the interface between staff, patients, and visitors.

    To participate in the audit process for monitoring and reviewing nursing quality.

    To be aware of personal responsibilities in relation to the maintenance of a safe environment and identification of potential risks for all personnel, patients and visitors, taking action as and when required.

    To be aware of the role of the nurse in handling complaints in accordance with WAH policy.

    The post holder will familiarise themselves with relevant Trust policies and procedures and comply with these at all times

    To identify own training needs, to ensure individual competence in the use of all equipment provided for use.

    Resource Management Responsibilities

    To develop and maintain an awareness of budgeting, exercising care and economy in the ordering and use of equipment.

    To assist in the assessment and monitoring of staffing requirements and report problems to the appropriate manager.

    In the absence of a more senior member of staff and as part of the individuals development programme, the post holder, with support ,will be able to undertake clinical/shift management within the department.


    To have an understanding of a range of work procedures and practices, which requires expertise within ophthalmology, underpinned by theoretical knowledge or relevant experience.

    Guiding and communicating with the visually impaired person and referral to the social services to aid the continuity of care in the community.

    General assessment of visual acuity, instillation of eye medications, application of eye dressings and irrigation of the eye to support the medical colleagues clinical commitments.

    To deliver a wide range of ophthalmic skills tests and treatments to work alongside and supporting the medical colleagues in the clinic.

    To be responsible for organising pre-assessment clinics in order to maintain a quality service andto ensure that each patient receives care appropriate to their needs.

    To be competent to perform any of the following Theatre roles:



    Theatre Runner



    To ensure the safe custody of patients records, belongings and valuables according to Trust policy.

    To be responsible for the ordering of stock, pharmacy and specialised ophthalmic supplies.

    See full job description attached to advert.

    Person Specification



    • Must have current NMC registration or student studying nursing in UK due to qualify.
    • Evidence of continuing education for more experienced Band 5 nurses in speciality.


    • Teaching and Assessing qualification
    • Ophthalmology Degree/Modules



    • Experience of working within a nursing team.


    • Experience of working in a day case setting.
    • Experience within Ophthalmology.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


    Princess Of Wales Community Hospital

    Stourbridge Road



    B61 0BB

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