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Locum Consultant in Ophthalmology - General Ophthalmology

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Jun 2022

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, innovative and progressive Consultant to join our Ophthalmology Consultant team. The appointee will cover both sites, City Hospital, Birmingham and Sandwell General Hospital during the on call. Applications are welcomed from candidates with FRCS (or equivalent) who are on the General Medical Council's Specialist Register Ophthalmology or who will be within six months of obtaining their CCT at the time of interview. In addition applicants should demonstrate within their application that they are fully trained in cataract surgery, and comprehensive experience in Ophthalmology general, emergency setting , a fellowship experience will be desirable as well as another area of subspecialist will be welcomed. This job is a Fixed Term Post

Closing date: 28th May 2022

Interview date: 8th June 2022

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

The post will enable the successful applicant to develop seamless and bilateral flow of service between community / primary care and secondary care at SWBH.

The appointee will take equal responsibility with existing Consultants for the proper functioning of the clinical service, working with clinical and managerial colleagues towards achieving and maintaining national maximum waiting times and developing clinical pathways in line with the maximum 18-week patient pathway guarantee. There is a commitment to General Ophthalmology on-call as part of this post

About us

SWBH Trust is a friendly, integrated healthcare provider focused on improving the life chances and health outcomes of our diverse population.

We have three strategic objectives:

People: To cultivate and sustain happy, productive and engaged staff;

Patients: To be good or outstanding at everything we do;

Population: To work seamlessly with partners to improve lives;

We run services from Sandwell, City and Rowley Regis Hospitals, Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre, Birmingham Treatment Centre, the Lyng and Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre. Our GP practices and community teams provide care in schools, healthcare centres and at home.

Our next milestone is opening the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH), a once in a career opportunity to shape care transformation within and beyond the hospital walls. MMUH will host the busiest Emergency Department in Europe, with state of the art facilities and future development of a Learning Campus.

Developing and caring for our People is fundamental. We were one of the first Trusts to provide the Real Living Wage, as well as a Live and Work scheme to support people at risk of homelessness into paid work and training. We offer a range of staff benefits, health & wellbeing support and will help you to bring your ambition to life through our bespoke training and development programmes. As People is one of our three strategic objectives, we make a continued commitment to prioritise support for all our colleagues.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For more information on the job role and responsibilities, please refer to the Job Description attached.

Informal enquiries are welcome. Applicants may contact Jack Morgan (0121-507-6160; to arrange an informal visit. Interested candidates can contact Mr Nessim Clinical Director (0121 507 4440, if they wish to discuss the post further.

Person Specification
Other Requirements

  • Full GMC Registration
  • Appropriate Immigration Status (where appropriate)
  • An understanding of the current NHS environment, particularly in relation to reforms, initiatives and issues.


  • Full GMC Registration
  • Medical ophthalmology training



  • Higher Degree
  • Entry on the Specialist Register in Ophthalmology (or entry expected within 6 months from the date of interview).
  • Fellowship (sub-speciality/ primary care/ cataract surgery)

Clinical Experience


  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the management of acute ophthalmic emergencies, and periorbital and orbital emergencies
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the care of patients require oculoplastic and orbital surgery
  • Fellowship or equivalent training in oculoplastic and orbital surgery.



  • Experience of risk management.
  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining CCT in Ophthalmology

Management and Administrative Experience


  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively
  • Ability to plan strategically and to exercise sound judgements when faced with conflicting pressures.
  • Ability to motivate and develop the multi-disciplinary team, balancing departmental and personal objectives.
  • Effective time management

Clinical Effectiveness


  • Experience of conducting clinical audit
  • Ability to use the evidence base and clinical audit to support decision-making

Teaching and Training experience

  • Ability to teach clinical skills to medical and nursing staff and other disciplines.
  • The ability to appraise junior doctors and other staff.



  • Formal training in teaching

Research, Innovation and Service Improvement Experience


  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems
  • An awareness of current specialty developments, initiatives and issues



  • Knowledge and experience of the application of information technology to Ophthalmology
  • Publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals in the last five years.
  • Evidence of having undertaken original research

Personal Attributes


  • Energy and enthusiasm and the ability to work under pressure
  • An enquiring and critical approach to work
  • Caring attitude to patients
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, patients, relatives, GPs, nurses, other staff and agencies.
  • Commitment to Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development

Personal Circumstances


  • Residence within a reasonable distance of the Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre
  • Ability to undertake clinical commitments at any of the Trust's sites.

Professional and Multi-disciplinary team working


  • Ability to work well with colleagues and within a team

BMJRef: BMJ-76792/381-SS-4193330


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