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Staff nurse - eye outpatients

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Full time/ part time
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£24,214 - £30,112 pa pro rata
27/02/2020 23:59

An opportunity has arisen to join our eye outpatients department team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).


Eye outpatients (Eye OPD) is expanding its services across UHS, Lymington and Romsey; therefore we are looking for a flexible, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join our team. Are you also productive and committed to your own development then come and join us.

You would be part of a very supportive, responsive, nurturing, compassionate and hard working team.   We have developed collaborative working across multi-disciplinary teams benefitting working relations, training and development across the unit.

Over 90% of our patient’s feedback is positive as is the feedback from our new starters, with a vast majority saying that Eye OPD is the most supportive team they have been a part of.

As a department we are proud to say that we follow the trust values in our everyday working and that our main focus is patient safety and positive experience.  We have made several improvements within the department to provide additional capacity, new ways of working and strive to continue this.  We welcome ideas from all team members in order to keep up with the trust values and contribute to an ever changing environment.


If you want to make a difference for the patients in Hampshire and surrounding areas, come and join Eye OPD in this fast paced responsive environment.  Our service runs Monday – Saturday with a range of shifts available, flexible requirement can be discussed at interview.

The successful candidate does not require previous ophthalmic experience. You will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, IV skills, ophthalmic skills and many more. You will have a comprehensive induction and will work alongside a buddy during this time. Transition into basic ophthalmic knowledge is made on a competency based system. 


We are looking for an individual who is committed to teaching & getting involved in education and development of others, as well as themselves. Protected time will be given to develop specialised clinical ophthalmic skills; these are supported through completion of written competencies.  Are you proactive and able to balance some of the written work in your own time to promote your personal development?  This may be the position you have been looking for.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.               

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 3rd March 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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