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DESP Screener /Grader

Job Reference: 358-2745587-MSK-SW

University Hospitals of Leicester
Diabetic Eye Screening
Leicester General Hospital, Leicester
£21,892 - £24,457 Trainee post under Annex 21, AfC

Diabetic Eye Screening Programme - Screener/ Grader

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (LLR DESP) as a Screener/Grader. The service is provided by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and is one of the largest eye screening programmes in the country, responsible for providing eye screening to over 75,500 patients with diabetes. Our team operates daily screening clinics at a variety of sites across the LLR area.

The successful individual would join the team as a trainee under Agenda for Change Annex 21, progressing to a full band 4 salary and permanent position on completion of the Level 3 Diploma for Health Screeners. Practical training in retinal imaging (photography) will take place at a range of venues across the LLR area, whilst grading training will take place at our main offices at the Leicester General Hospital, Leicester. Study and assessments will take place at the Leicester General Hospital. The Level 3 Diploma consists of e-learning, written work and practical skills assessments, and can usually be completed in about 12 months. Persons already possessing the relevant Diploma certificate (or previous City and Guilds diploma) are welcome to apply and if successful would join the team as a full band 4.

Excellent customer care and communication skills are essential for this post. You will be self-disciplined, focused, committed to learning new skills, and able to communicate effectively with a wide range of clinical, managerial and support staff. You will have a clear customer care focus and be able to demonstrate your ability to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Previous clinical experience is desirable, but not essential. The successful applicant will hold a full current drivers licence and have full access to a vehicle as there is a requirement to drive to Health Centres across the area to facilitate screening.

Annex 21 pay structure:

First year = 70% of top of Band 4

Second year = 75% of top of Band 4

Completion of Diploma for Health Screeners course = Full band 4 (£21,892)

Please read the attached documents before applying for this role. The job description and personal specification of a qualified band 4 Screener Grader has been provided so that candidates can see the role they will progress to upon completion of the training period.

Closing date: 29-November-2020

For further details / informal visits contact:

Jennie Birkin, DESP Team Leader-

  • 0116-2047901

David Gadsby, DESP Service Manager-

  • 0116-2587203

Vacancies will close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Applications are transferred to TRAC, by completing an application you authorise the transfer of your data. Emails regarding applications will be sent via TRAC.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if indicated you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible. Appointments will be made on merit.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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

COVID 19 Risk Assessment

Due to Covid 19 we have introduced a staff risk assessment into our pre-employment process.

This is intended to ensure you are able to safely perform your duties in any of our work areas, and if you have been identified as being vulnerable to coronavirus. Our main aim is to reduce risk and to ensure the safety of all new starters as well as current staff, patients and visitors.

If it is identified that you are within a vulnerable category, we will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate this.

Tier 2 Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is successful. As it is unlikely the Trust would be able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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