Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner


Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust

2019-05-11 12:01:01

Job location Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Education

Job description



We are looking for enthusiastic and flexible Ophthalmic nurse practitioners to work in our A&E and Pickford Ward at Sussex Eye Hospital. It is classed as a regional Ophthalmic unit, and has recently undergone a reconfiguration of its nursing services and this nursing team covers both Pickford Ward and Ophthalmic A&E.

Pickford Ward caters for both inpatients and day case patients, adults and occasionally children. It is mainly a surgical day case unit but also encompasses medical ophthalmic inpatients. Pickford Ward staff also look after a few medical \/ surgical patients (a variety of specialties) who are waiting for discharge who need some nursing care. You will have input in their care and discharge.

The Ophthalmic A&E is a busy walk-in 24 hour service treating patients with emergency ophthalmic conditions and patients referred by GP's and Optometrist for urgent assessment. We also act as advisors for in-patients at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

You will be a qualified nurse working towards a degree level qualification in ophthalmic practice or advanced nursing practice. The successful applicants will be expected to complete the Band 6 competences and be responsible for the assessment and triage of patients. You will be able to manage uncomplicated eye conditions by protocol with the use of a slit lamp and without reference to a doctor.

You will also be able to support the medical team to manage complex cases. You will be fully conversant with safeguarding policies and procedures and able to ensure that the A&E team are providing a safe service for our vulnerable patients. You will be responsible for setting the standards of nursing practice in the A&E and for auditing those standards. There could be opportunities in the future to become Independent Nurse Prescribers.

Managerial experience at Band 6 level would be highly advantageous as would experience in telephone triage.

As with all team members working for Sussex Eye Hospital you will be expected to be a flexible team member able to cover a full range of shifts and to provide diverse skills across the unit at times.

We are happy to consider Band 5 applicants for this post who will follow a Band 6 Development pathway to achieve the Band 6 via competency based assessments which must be achieved within 12 months. (see development JD attached)

An informal visit or telephone conversation is strongly recommended..

  • Posts in the Trust are 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 to check for any previous criminal spent and unspent convictions, reprimands, and cautions
  • Appointment to this role will commence at the lowest salary point unless confirmed otherwise by HR Employment Services (Recruitment, Administration & Terms and Conditions)
  • BSUH are an ERS Silver and Veteran Aware accredited Hospital who welcome applications from all members of the Armed Forces communities
  • We may also use this advert to build our Bank staff. If you are unsuccessful at interview for a substantive role but meet the BSUH standards you may be offered a bank post.

  • If this post attracts sufficient interest before the closing date, we may decide to close this vacancy at an earlier date, so an early application is advised
  • We are proud to be able to offer a variety of flexible working options and contracts. For further information please refer to the Flexible Working for Registered Nurses document which is attached to this advert.


  • Please ensure that you have read the Job Description in full before applying and that referees provided are your Line Managers over the last 3 years.

    It is also important that any gaps in your employment history during this period are accounted for.

    The Trust welcomes applications from everyone, especially those from underrepresented groups. There are a number of initiatives to support staff members from diverse backgrounds including:
  • Belief Initiatives and Support
  • Charity\/ Volunteering
  • Diversity &Inclusion Training
  • Disability Support
  • Early Careers Initiatives
  • Ex- Armed forces Initiatives
  • Home working\/ Flexible working Initiatives
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • General Accessibility
  • Staff Network Groups

  • If you need more information, or help with the application process, please see the HR Mission Statement (to the right) or contact the HR Employment Services Team on or .

    All staff members have a responsibility to treat colleagues, patients and clients with respect and to ensure that work environments remain secure, inclusive and mutually supportive.

    Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications, however under the Residence Labour Market Test non-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU\/EEA candidate is available. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

    Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals ensures equity of access and the delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences and needs

    Please note we are a Smoke Free Trust. Smoking is not permitted on any of the Premises, grounds or in any Trust owned vehicle.

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