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Theatre Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 5

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Ophthalmic Theatres
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£24,214 to £30,112
27/02/2020 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients. We employ more than 6,500 staff, have approximately 900 beds and have a planned turnover in excess of £410m for 2017/2018.

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Our strategic vision for 2020 is:

As a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, we will provide high quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way, through our skilled and motivated workforce”.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as; part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored.  We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated band 5 staff nurse to join the highly skilled/ dedicated ophthalmic surgical team. This will be a full time vacancy working in The Ophthalmic Surgical theatres. Working hours include Monday- Friday 8-7 pm over a 4- 5 day period.

The ophthalmic surgical unit provides sight saving treatment for people across Lancashire/ Cumbria and beyond using state of the art facilities designed with high quality patient focused care at the forefront.

The Ophthalmic surgical unit is a specialised department which integrates The Medical Retina Unit, macular service, two theatres a recovery area and an ophthalmic day surgery ward offering a number of clinical settings within the unit. The department is considered one of Blackpool Victoria Hospitals greatest assets treating up to 11,000 patients annually.

As an integral member of the team you would be involved in procedures such as:

  • Retinal detachments (PPV)
  • Cataract surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Biopsies
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Emergency and trauma surgery
  • Due to restructuring within the unit in an attempt to grow our expanding service we require a passionate and positive individual who have pride and joy in their work. The ideal candidate would receive full on the job training in a supportive environment with a team that values you. We also offer:
  • A structured mentorship programme, supportive of individuals learning strategies and needs
  • Encouragement for staff to take on projects to take the department forward, where each contribution is valued.

Due to the high number of candidates applying for previous vacancies please apply as soon as possible as the post may close early if enough suitable candidates apply.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit please do not hesitate to contact the unit on 01253 95741 asking for one of the band 6 Sister Marie, Nicky, Pam, Anita or Amanda.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

We would welcome anyone interested in this post, to have an informal visit.  To arrange this please bleep via switchboard 01253 300000 bleep 498.  Alternatively contact Carol Higgins Ophthalmology Clinical Matron on 01253 300000 bleep 954.