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Registered Nurse

Job Overview

Purpose of Post

The job holder will be responsible for participating in all aspects of the Ophthalmic service at Optegra, including surgery as required. They will provide excellent care to all patients, with specific responsibility for diagnostic testing, pre-operative assessment, peri-operative and post-operative care in the surgical and refractive suite of the hospital, and assisting with minor operations.                 

They will ensure a comprehensive level of care provision ensuring the patient is regularly updated to encompass change and will deliver highly skilled patient-centered care to all ophthalmic patients within the hospital. 

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



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
  • Current NMC registration
  • One year post qualification nursing experience
  • 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, General surgery or Outpatients
  • General knowledge of clinical governance
  • Awareness of other key regulatory guidance, e.g. Health and Social Care Act (2012)

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.)


  • Flexibility in working pattern to meet the needs of the service
  • Displays the organisational shared values
  • Demonstrates a proactive, positive and optimistic attitude using common sense approach
  • 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
  • Flexible, pragmatic and articulate
  • Confident with senior colleagues, clinicians and key suppliers



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
  • 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.

  • Ability to adapt to change within working situations
  • Demonstrates ability to work under pressure




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


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.


  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Willingness to undertake appropriate training and development