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Senior Healthcare Assistant

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

Role Summary

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated Senior Health Care Assistant to join our busy Ophthalmology Day Case team:

  • To contribute to the delivery of patients’ individual care programmes under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse/Midwife.
  • To practice in accordance with The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trusts' standards and statutory requirements and operate within the boundaries of the role and assessed competencies.


About the Role

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

More detail about the role:

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated Senior Health Care Assistant to join our busy Ophthalmology Day Case team. 

The West of England Eye Unit (WEEU) at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has an outstanding reputation as an innovative and forward thinking team.  The service has 16 Ophthalmologists and a large multi-disciplinary team of Optometrists, Orthoptists, ODPs, Nurse Practitioners and Ophthalmic Nurses. 

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 Registered Nurses, medical and theatre teams.

You will be responsible for the care of ophthalmology patients undergoing surgery, admitting and discharging these patients and undertaking pre-assessment under the supervision of a registered nurse.

You may be required to rotate within the department to outpatients and occasional travel to other sites may be required.

Our vision is to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our world class values.

There is the option for this to be a training post for those who may need to undertake the Level 3 Diploma. This will start as a band 2 post and once training is complete you will progress to a band 3. This will require a commitment to study.

Working Pattern: Monday to Friday 07:30-18:00

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Suzanne Wearing 01392 404678

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.

About Us

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.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

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


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 are 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 will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

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 will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will 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 would love to hear from you.

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