Nurses are degree qualified health care professionals registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Nurses form the largest group of staff in the NHS and are a crucial part of the healthcare team. Nurses work in every sort of health setting from accident and emergency to patients' homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Healthcare assistants (sometimes known as nursing auxiliaries or support workers) are not qualified nurses but work with nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals, helping with care and looking after patients' comfort and well-being.
Nurses working in the Ophthalmology department provide a range of services including assessment of patients, measuring visual acuity, instilling eye drops, measuring visual fields and supporting patient care. Enhanced roles include pre and post operative cataract assessments, Lucentis assessment and treatment and wet maculopathy fast track assessments.