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Part time - 15 hours per week
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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
Queens Medical Centre
£38,890 - £44,503
Salary period
24/06/2021 23:59

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Clinical Nurse Specialist


Job overview

The post holder will:

  • Work collaboratively within the children's multi-professional Paediatric Ophthalmology and Rheumatology teams.
  • Be a strong clinical leader, easily identifiable, highly visible and accessible to patients, carers and staff.
  • Provide leadership to the children and young people’s Ophthalmology and rheumatology nursing team, deputising in the absence of the Lead nurse, taking responsibility for appraisals, professional development and mandatory training  
  • Be responsible for the day to day operational management of the service.
  • Work collaboratively with the Ophthalmologist with specialist interest in Inflammatory Eye conditions and the Adult Uevitis Clinical Nurse Specialist

Main duties of the job

Clinical frameworks: The post holder will provide highly specialised advice, education, training and support for patients and staff within the clinical network. This will involve the development of care pathways, nurse led initiatives and improved links with primary care, secondary care, education, social services and the voluntary agencies.

Research and Audit: Advances in the care of rarer diseases, as with many paediatric ophthalmology conditions, requires international collaboration. In order to improve disease outcomes, and quality of life of patients, the post holder will be required to collect and collate data for internal reports and research.

Clinical Care: The post holders’ specialist knowledge and resources will be shared with medical and nursing professionals in order to facilitate appropriate care for the children and young people with Ophthalmology illnesses in the clinical network.

Working for our organisation

NUH has three sites – Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC), Nottingham City Hospital and Ropewalk House. We provide general hospital services to the 2.5 million residents of Nottingham and its surrounding communities and specialist services to a further 3-4 million across the region.

We are one of the largest employers in the region, with 15,000 people making up ‘team NUH.’ We have 1,600 volunteers and over 14,000 public members.

The Trust’s annual turnover is almost £1billion. We have approximately 1,700 beds (90 wards).

  • QMC is our emergency care site, where our Emergency Department, Major Trauma Centre and Nottingham Children's Hospital are located
  • Nottingham City Hospital is where we largely care for patients with long-term conditions and run our elective services. This includes our centres for cancer, haematology, heart disease, urology, respiratory medicine and elective orthopaedics. This site also supports our urgent and emergency pathway with a number of emergency admissions units


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To provide strong clinical leadership skills, energising, inspiring and empowering all clinical staff in pursuit of a shared vision to ensure the effective management of all services within the area of responsibility and in shared care/ network centres.

To promote a culture of collaboration and mutual respect amongst all members of staff, patients, their families and other professionals involved in their care.

Provide positive leadership, a caring supportive environment, always acting as an excellent role model for the nursing teams

Maintain accurate patient records in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.

Assess the child’s needs, developing and enabling the implementation and evaluation of highly specialised programmes of care, tailored to the requirements of individual children with inflammatory eye conditions , whilst taking account of parents’/carers wishes.

Competent in the safe administration of chemotherapy and provide training for other health professionals and carers in both the hospital and community settings.

Administer cytotoxic and biological therapies within the hospital and home environments.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • First level NMC registration
  • Nursing degree
Desirable criteria
  • Non-medical prescriber

Skills and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Post registration experience in a specialist service
  • Experience of teaching and coaching
  • Effective decision making skills
Desirable criteria
  • Ophthalmology qualification of training

Communication Skills

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of good verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of dealing with sensitive / complex information with staff and patients
  • Evidence of working collaboratively within a multi-professional and multidisciplinary specialty
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of networking locally and nationally

Planning and Organisational Skills

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of organising own workload
  • Able to prioritise actions and provide advise to MDTs
  • Knowledge and understanding of national policy
Desirable criteria
  • Budget management experience
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kathryn Skill
Job title
Ophthalmology Specialty General Manager
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Additional information

Archana Pradeep (Consultant Ophthalmologist)