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Registered Nurse

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated part time (20 hours per week) Band 5 Registered Nurse to join our busy Ophthalmology team at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will work with the West of England Eye Unit management team to provide a high quality, safe service for patients, relatives and carers.  The post holder must be responsible and accountable for delivering care for patients both adult and children who come through the WEEU this should be undertaken without direct supervision.  The post holder must adhere to Trust policies and procedures and be part of the multidisciplinary team within the WEEU they should also participate in the training of students.   

About the Role

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

About Us

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

The West of England Eye Unit (WEEU) has an outstanding reputation as an innovative and forward-thinking team.  The service has 16 Consultant Ophthalmologists and a large multi-disciplinary team of Optometrists, Orthoptists, ODPs, Nurse Practitioners, Ophthalmic Nurses and Ophthalmic Technicians.

The post holder should be an enthusiastic and committed professional with the passion and drive to provide the highest quality ophthalmic care to their patients. You will work very closely with the medical team and all health care professionals and this is a fantastic opportunity for a nurse who is dynamic, friendly and who strives to provide an excellent standard of care.

You will be responsible for the assessment and planning of care needs for ophthalmic patients, carrying out a range of tests, coordinating the flow of patients throughout the Unit and mentoring and supporting junior staff.

This is an exciting service to work in and develop your skills as a trained nurse and Leader/Manager, with opportunities to train and develop in a number of specialist areas.

Previous experience in Ophthalmology would be an advantage but not essential as full training will be given. There is a comprehensive training package and practice educator support available.

We use a wide range of digital imaging equipment which feeds directly into the digital imaging viewer software linked to the electronic patient record system.

The post involves working primarily in ophthalmic outpatients, as well ophthalmic day surgery unit and pre-operative assessment. You will need to be flexible and may need to rotate within the department when needed.

Working Pattern: 20 hours per week. 2 x 10 hour shifts per week. 07:30am-6pm. Some weekend and bank holiday work

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact Suzanne Wearing, Clinical Nurse Manager on 01392 404678 or e-mail

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you'll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

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