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Staff Nurse - Ophthalmology Day Case

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Part time - 28 hours per week (shifts cover from 07:30am - 20:30 Mon -Fri. Weekends /Bank hols - 8:30am-14:00)
Job ref
Burnley General Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 per annum pro rata
Salary period
09/02/2023 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

An exciting development opportunity has arisen for the appointment of a Band 5 registered nurse for Ophthalmology surgical daycase unit at ELHT.

We can offer you an interesting and varied career, where you will always be supported and appreciated. You will be working with a talented group of dedicated decision makers, and you can expect a personalised induction and orientation package with excellent personal development plans supported by our services designated practice education facilitator.

Our behaviour framework

We’re looking for people who want to make a positive difference. You’ll make it happen by taking responsibility, building trust and respect and working together to deliver excellence to our service users. Where we can, we also like to keep things simple so that we all contribute to making ELHT an effective, positive and rewarding place to work.

So, if you are a confident, well-organised professional nurse who thrives in a busy and continually transforming clinical environment then we would like to hear from you. 

Main duties of the job

You will support our services cross site as required and we encourage rotational working through all our service departments from outpatients to day case .

You will act as a shift coordinator with excellent communication skills.

Support our patient’s surgical journey on day case with preparation for surgery and discharges from the department with a holistic approach to care; ensuring patients receive safe, personal and effective care throughout their stay .

Support to specialist services within ophthalmic outpatient’s clinics and chaperone duties to support our patients and clinicians. 

You will demonstrate a passion for improving the patient and relative experience and have a sound clinical knowledge base. In addition to this, you will possess well developed communication skills 

You must have a holistic approach to care for our patients, be responsible for ensuring your patients receive safe, personal and effective care .

Good time management skills are essential, as is the ability to prioritise your workload.

You will provide assessments and safe care delivery for various clinical treatments in the service and support maintaining patient safety within the service through participations of clinical audit, management of safety incidents, and identification of risks.

You will support training programs, teach and assess competence of junior staff in the service. 

You will participate in improvements.

Working for our organisation

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. 

Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

Our Ophthalmology services are spread across three main sites, the Royal Blackburn and Burnley general hospitals and the St Peters centre Burnley. We also run a peripheral clinic based at Clitheroe community hospital. Day case is situated in the Fairhurst wing on the Burnley general site.


Day case operates Monday to Friday, 0730am start, with half days, and 1700 and 1800 finishes.

There is also a commitment to some 19.00pm and 2030pm finishes on a rotational basis.

The team also rotates to cover Saturday and Sunday mornings emergency clinic cover alongside a clinician with an 8am start and 1430 finish.

There is opportunity to offer flexible working arrangements where services allow.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


To deliver SAFE, PERSONAL and EFFECTIVE patient care on a daily basis.

Responsible for providing a range of support to our specialist services within ophthalmic outpatient’s clinics, day case and emergency eye clinic when required.

You should be an expert in all areas of nursing care from patient’s admission to discharge, which facilitates clinical practice development.

You will actively support the unit manager, ensuring the effective running of the unit in their absence. You will provide daily clinical leadership to nursing and support staff in the delivery of evidence based patient centred care.

You are responsible for ensuring all care is delivered according to Trust policies and procedures. Utilising clinical audit, research, supervision of practice and teaching, they will monitor and improve standards of care by efficient and effective use of resources.

Ability to demonstrate the Trust Values, Behaviours and Attitudes at all times.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 1st level Registered general Nurse as verified by NMC. Certificate of Higher Education or Diploma in nursing.
  • Experience not essential as full training would be undertaken.
  • Ability to work with change and have a flexible attitude.
  • Able to prioritise work load.
  • Actively seeks to develop own skills and clinical knowledge
  • Ability to use electronic communication methods.
  • Clear and accurate record keeping.
  • Willingness to undertake future study, to support self-development and service need.
  • Ability to work within and be an effective member of a team.
  • To be supportive of team members.
  • Ability to listen actively and reflect on one’s own work.
  • Demonstrate a compassionate / sensitive approach to speaking to colleagues, staff and patients
  • To be enthusiastic, Conscientious and sympathetic.
  • Ability to work flexibly across site when service need demands
  • Able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to use own initiative.
  • Able to deal with confidential information in the appropriate manor.
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Certificate at degree level in nursing
  • Experience in Ophthalmology
  • To have knowledge of current research in the specialist area
  • Evidence of continuous development
  • Ability to coach support learners.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jackie Reilly
Job title
Ophthalmology Day unit Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01282 804878