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Registered General Nurse - Ophthalmology

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Fixed term: 6 months
Part time: 32 hours per week
Job ref
Furness General Hospital
Barrow in Furness
£24,907 - £30,615 pro rata
Salary period
01/03/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust covers a large geographic area which encompasses the Furness peninsula, the city of Lancaster and the Lake District. We provide a comprehensive range of acute and support hospital services to a population of 350,000 based around Morecambe Bay. One of the largest employers in the area, we have approximately 6,000 staff working across five sites; Furness General Hospital (Barrow in Furness), Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital (Kendal), Ulverston Community Health Centre and Queen Victoria Centre (Morecambe). By joining us you will be part of a progressive team committed to diversity, excellence and achievement.

Main duties of the job

The Ophthalmology department cares for patients of all ages attending a wide range of ophthalmic clinics. We have Doctor / Nurse led clinics on all sites. Within this post you will work in general Ophthalmology clinics and more specialised ophthalmic clinics, preoperative assessment and organise and run theatre lists on a day to day basis, this provides the opportunity to cover all different aspects of Ophthalmic Care.

You will undergo in house training specialising in Ophthalmic Nursing care and development, with the opportunity to undertake the Ophthalmic nursing course.

You will be expected to complete the ophthalmic competencies that are required to work in the department.


Working for our organisation

The department is committed to appraisal, and supports continuous education and professional development.

Anyone newly appointed to the trust will be subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probationary period (this includes bank staff). This will give the new staff member an opportunity to become familiar with the role and working environment.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Able to actively assess, plan, implement & evaluate patient care with the multidisciplinary team, incorporating the whole of the patients’ pathway.
  • Aware of the structure and organisation of the N.H.S. and regulatory body’s code of practice implementing this into nursing practice.
  • Participate in Clinical Governance by participating in auditing effectiveness of practice and incorporating findings.
  • Act as mentor or assessor in supervising and teaching of junior staff and unregistered staff.
  • Act as shift leader or manage a team in the absence of the Ward/Department Manager.

Full details of main responsibilities can be found in the attached job description and person specification for this role.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • 1st level Registered Nurse
  • • Willingness to undertake Teaching Qualification, Mentoring / assessing qualification, NVQ Assessors Award
  • • Working within a multidisciplinary team
  • • Experience of establishing effective communication.
  • • Demonstrable/ willingness to undertake specific clinical skills appropriate to speciality
  • • Up to date knowledge of professional issues
  • • Ability to communicate effectively both written & verbal
Desirable criteria
  • • Post registration clinical course appropriate to area.
  • • Previous experience within designated area.
  • • Experience as shift team leader
  • • Effective teaching skills and /or mentoring skills.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sister Leanne Herbert
Job title
Department Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01229 491179
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