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Scrub Nurse

Job Overview

Purpose of Post


The job holder will be responsiblefor participating in all aspects of the Ophthalmic Surgical pathway at Optegra.


Theywill provide excellent care to all patients, with specific responsibility forproviding skilled clinical and technical assistance as a member of theoperating theatre team, and also may include peri-operative and post-operativecare in the surgical and refractive suite of the hospital, and assisting withminor operations.                


They will ensure a comprehensivelevel of care provision ensuring the patient is regularly updated to encompasschange and will deliver highly skilled patient-centeredcare to all ophthalmic patients within the hospital. 


They will assist in maintaining an‘out of hours’ emergency patient service for quality standards and continuityof care.   They will adhere to theprinciples of clinical governance and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) toassist in providing the most efficient and effective level of service


Main Duties and Responsibilities


To promote a sensitive, responsive and caring approach to allpatients, visitors and colleagues within the hospital environment.    To be responsible for the delivery of high quality,safe and effective patient care throughout the patients’ visit to Optegra.  To work in a manner that also ensures maximumefficiency, effective utilisation of resources and the seamless delivery ofsupport to Consultants / Surgeons.


Patient Care

  • Anticipate the needs of the surgical team, by provision or appropriate surgical instrumentation and equipment.
  • Take responsibility to ensure all surgical equipment is disposed of correctly including ensuring appropriate decontamination and sterilisation of reusable equipment is carried out and can be evidenced.
  • Use clinical judgement and analytical skills to pro-actively identify potential problems, with special regard for surgical instrumentation, turn around times for decontamination and sterilisation of reusable items. 
  • Having an awareness of the patient specific requirements for each case including lenses or other bespoke items and to the need to ensure the theatre team lead and or CSM is aware of any issues.
  • Work with Consultant / Surgeon supporting them and delivering excellent care to patients during their clinical pathway.
  • Provide effective hand over of key information to recovery staff to facilitate safe and effective discharge of the patient.
  • Administer drugs and treatments as prescribed according to the NMC guidelines for the Standards for Medicines Management 2008.
  • Maintain an awareness of the need to deliver care in a manner which demonstrates dignity and respect, this includes the provision of an appropriate level of privacy at all times.
  • Provide initial emergency care within level of competency and training.
  • Assist in maintaining and improving patient care by participating in quality initiatives e.g. Audit.


Essential Criteria

Desirable Criteria

Technical and Professional Competence

This area is all about having all the technical/ specialist skills to perform the job effectively.


  • Registered General Nurse or Operating Department Practitioner
  • Current NMC/ HCP registrationEvidence of ongoing professional development
  • Registered Nurse 1st level registration with theatre course or equivalent experience, or, ODP Level 3 NVQ in Operating department practice, or, ODACity and Guilds 752
  • Computer and IT skills i.e. good working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Awareness of responsibilities in relation to NMC Professional Code of Conduct
  • Awareness of role of CQC
  • Qualification in Ophthalmology or Peri operative care
  • Previous experience in Ophthalmology Theatre
  • Experience of managing patients undergoing conscious sedation
  • Previous ILS training
  • Awareness of other key regulatory guidance, e.g. Health and Social Care Act (2012) AFPP guidelines (2011)
  • General knowledge of clinical governance

Service Excellence

This is about doing all you can to satisfy and where possible exceed the expectations of the wide range of both internal customers and external patients and customers you deal with. (Internal customers means everyone at work to whom you provide a service and includes your colleagues and people in other Departments. External customers are all external suppliers, partners and members of the public.)


  • Displays the organisational shared values
  • Commitment to service excellence
  • Caring and empathetic nature




This is all about everybody making the effort to communicate with patients and employees at all levels in an appropriate, thoughtful and timely manner.


  • Effective written and oral communications skills


Problem solving and decision making

This is all about looking for ways to overcome and learn from problems and challenges that arise.


  • Ability to problem solve, anticipate and prioritise appropriately
  • Demonstrates a proactive, positive and optimistic attitude using common sense approach
  • Ability to deal with challenging situations

Planning and organising

This is all about making the best use of the time you have available to you to do your job, working in an organised manner and planning to ensure you achieve your agreed work goals.

  • Flexibility in working pattern to meet the needs of the service
  • Flexible, pragmatic and articulate
  • Demonstrates ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to adapt to change within working situations


This is all about taking full responsibility for leading others to achieve the goals and objectives of Optegra.



  • Experience of teaching and supervising others


This is all about people working together effectively to achieve more than they possibly could working individually.


  • Ability to work well in a team but also without direct supervision
  • Confident with senior colleagues, clinicians and key suppliers


Developing self and others

This is all about being prepared to continually learn to better yourself and being prepared to help others to learn and develop to achieve their full potential.


  • Willingness to undertake appropriate training and development


Company Overview
Our passion is eyes, that’s why we have 7 dedicated Optegra hospitals which only look after eyes!
We started out with the aim of perfection. Our founder underwent eye surgery and afterwards thought “I can do better” and so Optegra was born with a commitment to provide the best eye health care possible. Our trust pilot scores shout as much – we’re the UK’s most trusted eye care provider!
On the note of striving for perfection, we’re a proud pioneer in eye healthcare in the UK. In fact, we have our very own eye sciences department which is constantly researching new technologies, partnering with leading UK universities across the country – searching for the best outcome for our patients.
We believe that our patients are individuals and are all special, so we ensure that each and every one has a consultation when they visit us. Our consultants are highly respected in their fields, are NHS trained and are all members of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. We care passionately about our employees and those who partner with us by providing training so that we continue to be at the leading edge of our field, whether that be inside the hospitals working with patients, our optom referral partners or at head office where we work hard to support our network of hospital colleagues.
Our goal is to be the World’s most trusted choice for eye healthcare and we need dedicated people at all levels to help us achieve this.