Consultant in Ophthalmology - Medical Retina

Truro, Truro
£82,096 - £110,683
06 Apr 2021
18 May 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant post in Ophthalmology in Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust.

The Trust is seeking to appoint a consultant in ophthalmology who will lead diabetic retinopathy service and work closely with the national diabetic retinopathy screening programme. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team of consultants who provide dedicated sub-speciality services in cornea, glaucoma, vitreo-retinal surgery, oculoplastics and orbital surgery, paediatric/strabismus, uveitis, and medical retina. The job plan will include weekly operating session and management of uveitis patients. The appointee will participate in 1 in 8 on-call rota.

The medical staff includes nine consultants (including this post), six specialty grade doctors, two associate specialists, a specialty trainee, two glaucoma/oculoplastic fellows and one vitreo-retinal fellow. The ophthalmic services are supported by a team of orthoptists, specialist nurses, ophthalmic technicians and optometrists.

The department is well equipped with four Cirrus OCTs, Heidelberg Spectralis OCT with HRA and Topcon Triton plus. Both Heidelberg and Topcon machines are capable of performing OCT angiography as well as fluorescein and ICG angiographies. The retinal unit has access to Argon Pascal laser and Aviso ultrasound machines. All clinics are run on Medisoft electronic patient record (EPR). All the ophthalmic images are networked through Ophthalsuite Blueworks and can be accessed from Medisoft throughout the county. The department has two operating theatres. One with a modern ceiling mounted microscope, Constellation and Infiniti machines for anterior and posterior segment surgery in Truro. The other with floor mounted microscope and Infiniti Phaco machine for day case surgery in Penzance, West Cornwall.

The ophthalmology department is located in a large dedicated facility on the hospital site in Truro. Cornwall has a unique geography with the population spread across the county. There is a strong commitment to provide services in the community close to patients. There are seven community centres and hospitals in Cornwall where the Trust provides ophthalmology outpatient facility. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to undertake research and to get involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching.

Cornwall is renowned for its beautiful coastal and rural location with some of the UK's best beaches. There is plenty of opportunity for various outdoor pursuits like sailing, surfing, walking and riding. There is a good rail service and a local airport linking to the rest of the country and Europe.

The applicant must be registered with the GMC and hold a license to practice. The applicant must be on the GMC specialist register or eligible for entry within 6 months from the date of interview.

Informal enquiries about this post should be addressed to Mr Ashish Patwardhan, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology, email; telephone 01872 253402

The Royal Cornwall Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer

BMJ Ref: BMJ-30230/156-MS-3151