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Failsafe Officer

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
Failsafe Officer (Maternity Cover)

Department: Diabetic Eye Screening Service

Band 5 �28,407 - �34,581 Per annum

Hours: 37.5 per week, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for a 12-month maternity cover position as a Failsafe Officer in our Diabetic Eye Screening Service. This role is perfect for someone with experience in diabetic eye screening who is looking to step into a more senior role and take on additional responsibilities.

This position offers an excellent opportunity for career advancement and the chance to make a meaningful impact on patient care within our expanding service. If you are passionate about diabetic eye screening and meet the qualifications, we encourage you to apply and become a valued member of our team.

Interview date:6/8/2024

Main duties of the job

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss in the working age population.The condition is caused when diabetes affects the small blood vessels in the retina, the part of the eye that acts rather like the film in a camera. The NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme aims to reduce the risk of sight loss among people with diabetes by the early detection and treatment, if needed, of diabetic retinopathy

This role will ensure that all patients requiring treatment and further intervention receives timely appointments as well as investigating any reasons why patients have not attended. In addition to this, the successful candidate will give arbitration level grading to around 2000 patients.

About us

MKUH staff scored highest for 'I look forward to coming to work' (NHS Staff Survey 2023).

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the Job Description for further details

MKUH is committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and as such we offer a range of flexible working practices. We promote an inclusive workforce and encourage applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

MKUH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents all prospective employees of MKUH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that information from your application will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Educated to A level standard or equivalent
  • Diploma in City and Guilds level three in Diabetic Eye Screening
  • To be able to grade retinal images, primary, secondary and arbitration level.


  • Diploma in City and Guilds level three in Diabetic Eye Screening
  • To be able to grade retinal images, primary, secondary and arbitration level.



  • Thorough understanding of screening pathway
  • Significant knowledge of diabetic eye disease and failsafe processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of key NHS issues including national and local policy drivers
  • Knowledge of current NHS Agenda



  • Leadership with a strong focus on timely delivery of outcomes and achievements
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Ability to cope with tight deadlines and competing priorities
  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex employment information
  • Flexible and pragmatic approach to problems and working practices

Personal and people development


  • Experience of developing colleagues
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development



  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence others
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Diabetic Retinopathy (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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