Applications are invited for a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. You will join a team of nine Consultant Ophthalmologists based at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. This post is a new post. You will be required to participate both in General Ophthalmology and have a complimentary sub-specialty interest in Paediatric Ophthalmology.
The post will be based at Leighton Hospital and involves clinics at Victoria infirmary in Northwich. You will join a team of Consultants providing comprehensive Ophthalmic services to the local population. Current sub-specialty expertise includes Medical Retina, Glaucoma, Oculoplastics, Anterior segment and Paediatric ophthalmology. The on-call commitment is anticipated to be 1 in 10.
You will also be required to participate fully in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and will be expected to promote Clinical Governance within the department.
The department is well supported by nine Specialty Doctors. There are currently three trainees of varying levels and experience on rotation from the Mersey Deanery, new rotations of trainee doctors join every six months. These trainees require close clinical supervision from the Consultants who are actively involved in their training and development, both in clinic and in theatre.
The department is also supported by two Ophthalmic Advanced Nurse Practitioners, nine Ophthalmic Technicians, two Ophthalmic Photographers and comprehensive Orthoptic and Optometry departments. We have a large nursing team comprising of thirteen qualified nurses, and eighteen Health Care Assistants, as well as three members of the Ophthalmic triage team supporting our casualty referral service.
The department has modern equipment, with three Heidelberg OCT machines, and plans in place to purchase both and OCTA and Optos machines in the near future.
In addition, the Trust has close links with trusts across Liverpool and Chester, as well as universities in Manchester and Buckingham providing opportunities for collaborative research. We also have an active research programme ongoing within the department that is led by an experienced specialty doctor.
More broadly, it is an exciting time to join the Trust. We have recently migrated to the MediSIGHT system which offers EPR software, and the Trust has plans to be fully immersed in an EPR system in 5 years’ time, to become entirely paperless. The Trust currently has work ongoing around a £9m investment into an Urgent Care village, £40m into the redevelopment of our Northwich site, and government approved and financially backed plans to redesign and rebuild a state of the art hospital at the Leighton hospital site over the next 5-10 years.
Leighton hospital is situated in the heart of Cheshire, minutes from the Cheshire countryside and is commutable from a number of major cities, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham, and soon London when phase 2 of the HS2 plans are completed.
Applicants must have full registration with the GMC including a License to Practice and be on the Specialist Register (or be within six months of obtaining their Certificate of Completion of Training).
The post is offered based on 10 Programmed Activities per week, however the Trust would welcome discussion with individuals looking for a more flexible working pattern to support a different work life balance. These types of arrangements are already supported within the department for some of the team.
For an informal discussion and further details please contact:
Mr. Manoj Kulshrestha, Consultant Ophthalmologist & Clinical Lead
Tel: 01270 612306.
Michael Mackintosh, Service Manager
Tel: 01270 273975.
Shortlisted candidates will be expected to visit the department prior to interview.
Please visit www.mcht.nhs.uk to apply for this post..
For further details please contact the Medical Resourcing Department on 07920 386831 or alternatively, email via the apply click button to apply.
Closing date: 6 June 2021.
Interview date: 23 June 2021.