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  • Full Time
  • Chester

Job summary

Working Part Time: 30 Hours Per Week

An opportunity has arisen to work as a Health Care Assistant within the Ophthalmology department based at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

The department has 7 Consultants that specialise in Oculoplastics, Glaucoma, Corneal, Retina and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. All consultants carry out cataract surgery. The ophthalmology multidisciplinary team is made up of health care assistants, registered nurses, specialist nurses, opticians, ward clerks and admin staff.

You will have an opportunity to develop ophthalmic nursing assistant skills and will rotate around the 3 areas within the department. Never two days are the same. It is an exciting opportunity to develop and use transferable skills.

Main duties of the job

Please see the Job description for full details of main responsibilities.

Assist the RGN in the evaluation of care and completion of patient document and formatting relevant clinical data.

Assist the multidisciplinary team in the delivery of smooth, calm, safe, kind , effective care. Use of various diagnostic equipment tools. Training will be given and competent sign off will be documented appropriately prior to working independently.

About us

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:

  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

 

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is £23 (standard) or £43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enroll for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

 

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • NVQ Level 3 Health & Social Care
  • Numeric and Literacy Skills

Desirable

  • A1/ A2 Assessor qualification

Experience

Essential

  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
  • Understanding of organisation of nursing care
  • Basic IT Skills
  • Mandatory training up to date
  • Knowledge of area and current pressures
  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
  • Willingness to undertake clinical skills required of the speciality
  • Basic understanding of NHS issues

Desirable

  • Can provide evidence of achieved competency in key clinical skills.
  • Previous experience in a healthcare position in a general outpatient setting or experience within ophthalmology

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is 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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

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