Ophthalmology Senior Healthcare Assistant and Imaging Support

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
December 07, 2022
Offerd Salary:£21,730 - £23,177
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Ophthalmology Senior Healthcare Assistant and Imaging Support Band 3

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Band 3




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Lymington New Forest Hospital




£21,730 - £23,177 pa

Salary period



07/12/2022 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has become available in Ophthalmology for band 3 Imaging Assistant in Lymington Eye Outpatients. The role will include supporting the Senior Nursing team to deliver high standards of care to patients across the Ophthalmology Outpatients Department in Lymington. We are currently and Monday to Friday Service with potential future expansion to a weekend service as well.

Lymington Ophthalmology Outpatients Department is linked with Lymington Surgical Unit which includes Surgical Outpatients, Theatres and a Day Ward.

As part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust there may be times that you will be required to work across sites at Southampton Eye Unit depending on service needs.

Currently free parking is available on site at Lymington subject to eligibility criteria.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do

Please see attached Job Description for further details on role.

We also welcome informal visits where the role can be further discussed.

What we're looking for

We are looking for highly motivated, trustworthy, professional & reliable band 3 with a keen interest in Ophthalmology to join our team. Previous Ophthalmic experience is not a requirement of this post, however a devotion to develop & learn is paramount. There will be specific in-house training to develop specialised Ophthalmic knowledge, skills and diagnostic assessments. A commitment to self-development is required to progress within the role, protected time will be given to work with experienced staff in gaining new practical skills, with a balance of using some own time to fulfil the written requirements of each competency.

All applicants would need to be committed to teaching & getting involved in education and development of others, as well as themselves.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Friday, 16th December 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • NVQ 3 in care, L3 Senior Healthcare support worker apprenticeship or equivalent
  • GCSE Maths and English at C or above / Numeracy skills and Literacy Skills Level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Clarity and breadth of English language
  • Clear and effective communicator orally and written
  • Basic computer/keyboard skills
  • Desirable criteria
  • National Care Certificate for Health Care Assistants
  • Be willing to undertake extra acute units corresponding to speciality
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Understanding of role
  • Evidence of working in a team
  • Logical and consistent work history
  • Desirable criteria
  • Proven experience working within Ophthalmology outpatients
  • Experience in ophthalmology imaging
  • Achieved competencies for use of relevant imaging equipment (OCT, Visual Fields etc)
  • Experienced and competent in additional clinical skills, as per job description
  • Previous experience of working with the public
  • Previous experience in an acute hospital environment
  • Understanding of personal accountability / limitations
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of people
  • Clear reasons for applying for the post
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Desirable criteria
  • Creative and innovative
  • Personal Qualities Essential criteria
  • Ability to adjust to pressures of job
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to complete written work in own time to promote personal development
  • Patience, dependability and motivation shown
  • Be able to take instruction / directions
  • Able to question appropriately
  • Able to prioritise
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Flexibility in working to cover full range of shifts
  • Desirable criteria
  • Informal Visit
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal thinkuhs.co.uk where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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    The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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 convictions.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 170.3KB)
  • Person Specification (PDF, 231.0KB)
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