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Assistant practitioner

Job Reference: 188-OTH1199

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Eye Outpatients and Eye short stay unit
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£21,089 - £23,761 pa

An exciting opportunity has arisen for motivated and enthusiastic band 4 Assistant practitioners to work within our Ophthalmology unit. You will be an integral part of the departmental nursing team and you will provide support in the delivery of high quality care. We have positions in both the Eye short stay unit (ESSU) and eye outpatients.

We are looking for highly motivated, trustworthy, professional & reliable band 4 with an interest in Ophthalmology. Previous ophthalmic experience is not an essential requirement; however a devotion to develop & learn is paramount. There will be specific in house training to develop specialised ophthalmic knowledge & skills.

All applicants would need to be committed to teaching & getting involved in education and development of others, as well as themselves. Our band 4’s take on the responsibility of supporting & signing off new band 2’s through their healthcare certificate.

Eye short stay unit offers services for inpatients, day surgeries and eye casualty services at night. The ESSU is part of a regional referral centre for Ophthalmology, caring for patients who have various levels and causes of visual impairment and are subsequently receiving inpatient or day case care.

Eye outpatients is a fast moving dynamic outpatient department which runs a six day service, Monday – Saturday. The department is continually changing this requiring the applicant to be flexible and forward thinking. Eye OPD would be particularly attractive to those wanting to develop their leadership skills, there are opportunities to lead small teams and build skills towards organising larger teams.

Other opportunities include cannulation, building intricate ophthalmic skills such as inserting punctual plugs & contact lenses, carrying out tests to check the pressure within the eye, assisting clinicians in laser clinics and other minor surgical procedures.

If you have a strong focus on patient care then we are keen for you to join our teams. You will be required to provide a high standard of compassionate care to patients, which is individualised and promotes their dignity.

All applicants would need to be flexible, empathetic, passionate and work well within a team and independently.

About University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust:

UHS, rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. In the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care.

Staff benefits:

Staff can access discounts for local facilities such as local gyms and national discounts on everything from holidays to electricals. We have two nurseries that staff can use, one based on the Southampton General Hospital site (for UHS employees only) and one at the Western Community Hospital site (rated outstanding by Ofsted). Our modern, purpose-built nurseries provide regular childcare to children aged three months to school and have extended opening hours to help fit in with your schedule.

About Southampton:

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.

The expected start date for candidates will be 11 November.

The closing date for applicants is the 28 August.

The interview date will be the 10 September.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Kirsty Turner (Eye OPD)

023 8120 8738

Michaela Olearcikova (ESSU)

023 8120 8600

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies under any circumstances.


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