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Job summary

Main area
Surgery & Critical Care
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 3
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (7days a week (Shift patterns: 8am -8pm or 8-6pm))
Job ref
292-5875854-FC
Employer
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Main site in PAH and Keats House in Bush fair in Harlow
Town
Harlow
Salary
£22,816 - £24,336 PA + 5% HCAS (minimum payment of £1,192 maximum £2,011)
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
17/04/2024 23:59

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The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust logo

Optical Care Assistant (OCA)

NHS AfC: Band 3

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) provides a full range of general acute, outpatient and diagnostic services at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford, and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping. 

Our values

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) promise to our patients, as identified by our three values which will contribute to improving our patients’ experiences, is:

Patient at heart – Always holding the patient and their wellbeing at the centre of our thoughts and efforts. 

Everyday excellence – Sharing and celebrating our successes, being honest when we get it wrong, giving us the ability to learn from both.

Creative collaboration – Knowing strength comes from diversity, we combine our experiences, skills and talents, working together to find new and better ways to care.


 

Job overview

  • To work as a member of the team to deliver direct patient assessment and care under the direction of senior staff members in Ophthalmology.
  • To liaise with the other optical care assistants, visual fields technicians, health care assistants, Orthoptists, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Nursing staff, other health professionals.
  • To liaise with non-clinical staff in the Eye-Unit such as the medical secretaries, reception and administrative staff.
  • To provide technical support, following relevant training and competency assessment if required, to the Ophthalmology service and other hospital departments and ensure that diagnostic tests (Visual fields, Biometry, Fundus Photography, Corneal Topography, Optical coherence tomography, tonometry etc) requested by the Clinicians for patients are carried out in a timely and accurate manner.

Main duties of the job

  • To carry out Ophthalmology specific diagnostic testing and assessment; visual acuity, intraocular pressure (IOP), field of vision (VF/Goldmann), scans on OCT/Heidelberg, OPTOS, Biometry, Pentacam and other newly introduced equipment’s in the department. Provide specialist visual assessments for patients after training with Orthoptists, under care of the trust and to relay this information to the medical Ophthalmology team.
  • Be able to identify change and escalate; if notice significant change/deterioration in patients visual acuity, scans, VF- have unexpected variations, to immediately escalate to nurse in-charge, document and seek further advice from either senior staff and Doctor/consultant following departments protocol.

Working for our organisation

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) provides a full range of general acute, outpatient and diagnostic services at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford, and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping.

We employ 3,500 staff and serve a local population of around 350,000 people living in west Essex and east Hertfordshire, centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford and Epping. Our extended catchment area incorporates a population of up to 500,000 and includes the areas of Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification, available to download at any time.

Person specification

interview and application

Essential criteria
  • ophthalmology knowledge and exp
Desirable criteria
  • NVQ

Application form and Interview

Essential criteria
  • knowledge and experience of working in surgical areas
Desirable criteria
  • Able to do cannulation Blood test and ECG

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Symmandeep Sandher
Job title
ophthalmology unit manager
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