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Specialist Nurse (OERS)

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
21.5 hours per week
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
26/03/2023 23:59
Interview date

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here? So do we.

We want all our staff to achieve a balance between work and personal life and understand how important flexible working can be.  We welcome applications on a full or part time basis, various shift patterns and hybrid working, where roles allow.


Job overview

The ophthalmic Emergency referral service (OERS) is a very busy service seeing 8000+ patients per year.

As an ophthalmic Nurse specialist, within this service, you would primarily take eye patient referrals over the phone and assess eye patients, on a slit lamp, on a day to day basis.

It will also include the organizing and management of the OERS service including communication with GP’s, A&E, MIU’s and Optometrists on a daily basis

The ideal candidate will need to have excellent communication skills, be fast thinking, calm under pressure and a good team worker

Main duties of the job

As an Ophthalmic Nurse Specialist, within the OERS, you would need to undertake the following:

Deliver a high quality nurse-led service, for all eye patients, whilst maintaining an efficiently run Ophthalmic Emergency Referral Service (OERS)

Utilise a good range of specialist ophthalmic skills with an underpinning of, in-depth, ophthalmic theoretical knowledge

Facilitate the assessment planning and implementation of individualised care for patients presenting with ocular emergencies.

Undertake and/or arrange any ophthalmic procedures and tests required, including the selection and instillation of appropriate drops during an ocular examination. (under Protocols)

Aim towards a provisional ophthalmic diagnosis after examining patients on a slit lamp

To demonstrate dexterity and accuracy with regard to the use of ophthalmic equipment.

You will also support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH’s ‘PRIDE’ values of People focused, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence and demonstrate behaviours that support and encourage an inclusive culture.

Working for our organisation


Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N&N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please view the attached job description for full details of the role, and use your supporting statement to confirm how you meet the essential and desirable criteria on the job specification

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse
  • Diploma of Nursing or evidence of study at post registration level
  • ENB 346 / Ophthalmic Diploma or significant ophthalmic experience or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Significant experience at Band 5 level in Ophthalmology


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Clear understanding of importance of clinical governance

Attitude, aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH’s PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldStonewall Health ChampionsMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerArmed Forces CovenantStep into healthNHS Pastoral CareWe offer Wagestream - A financial wellbeing benefit which lets you access your pay as you earn it.

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

Ian Balfour
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Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner
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