Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Nursing Assistant

Band 3

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Band 3
Full & Part Time
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John Radcliffe Hospital
£16,968 to £19,852 pa
28/02/2018 23:59

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes use values-based interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significance difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit  http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values/default.aspx


A rewarding job and NO UNSOCIAL HOURS as a BAND 3 Nursing Assistant in the Oxford Eye Hospital!


The Oxford Eye Hospital based at the John Radcliffe Hospital is a centre of innovation in Ophthalmology, and we are expanding our nursing workforce to enable us to further develop our service and continue to provide excellent care.


We are a busy outpatient department treating over 106,000 adults and children a year in the full range of ophthalmology clinics including an emergency department and nurse-led pre-operative assessment.   Our team is made up of over 30 members of staff including specialist nurses, nursing assistants, band 4 assistant practitioners, ECLOs and a department house keeper.


As a Band 3 Nursing Assistant you will have a great opportunity to build upon your existing knowledge and skills.  Being welcomed as part of our happy, dynamic team you will assist the Doctors and Nurses running clinics for adults and children from Monday to Friday. 


Having a confident, outgoing, kind personality with the energy and commitment to providing great quality care, you will interact well with patients and colleagues helping the service to run smoothly and our patients to have a positive experience of their time with us having been treated with respect, dignity and compassion.


In return we will offer you training and development in order that you can deliver skills such as taking bloods, cannulation, assessing patient’s vision and instilling eye drops. We have supported a number of our Band 3 Nursing Assistants in their training to become Band 4 Assistant Practitioners and plan to continue with this.


We recognise the valuable role of the Nursing Assistant and as such the Trust has its own Nursing Assistant Academy to promote your education and development. If you don’t already have it, you will start with completing The Care Certificate which consists of 15 standards which provide you with fundamental knowledge, confidence and skills to enable you to provide compassionate care to our patients unsupervised. You will receive this award at a celebratory graduation ceremony.  After this we will support your ongoing development with in-house training and opportunities to advance in the role and your nursing career.


To be considered for this post we just ask that you have some experience in a healthcare role, communicate well, have a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude and can demonstrate a real passion for the work we do. If you have never thought about working  ‘in eyes’ before, you will be amazed how interesting the specialty is and don’t worry;  we will give you a comprehensive induction and you will soon be amazed at how fast your knowledge and skills grow - along with your passion to develop your career in the specialty


Our working hours are from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday but we recognise life’s demands don’t always fit in with these hours and how important a work-life balance is.  As such, if you are looking to work more flexibly (i.e. shorter days, compressing your working week in to 4 days) we will try and meet your needs so please ask us about this at interview or call us for a chat. We have both full-time and part-time posts available.

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

Ali Northover –  Nurse Manager on 01865 222524 or email ali.northover@ouh.nhs.uk

Josie Equibal/Sharon Bertumen (Deputy Sisters) on 01865 231117 email josie.equibal@ouh.nhs.uk/ Sharon.bertument@ouh.nhs.uk

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