Locum Consultant in Ophthalmology - Neuro-Ophthalmology

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

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a high calibre Ophthalmologist with a specialist interest in Neuro Ophthalmology to join our expanding world-class team at BMEC, part of Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. We are increasing our current consultant team of 33, enabling us to meet the growing ophthalmic demands of our ever changing demographics and our growing reputation of excellence in care and a track record of efficient streamlined service delivery. The appointee will be joining one full time neuro ophthalmologist, supported by trainees, SAS grades, a top class orthoptic department with multidisciplinary support including a neurologist working in the department.

Closing Date: 03/10/2022

Interview Date: W/C 17/10/2022

Main duties of the job

The appointee is required to have wide training and experience in general ophthalmology. Post-CCT training in neuro-ophthalmology and demonstration of abilities and potential to further expand this sub-specialty are essential. Post can also be suitable for a medical ophthalmologist.

We have an excellent reputation as the centre of post-graduate training in Ophthalmology for the West Midlands region. We are the hosts of the Ophthalmology Academy Unit of the University of Birmingham and have one of the biggest Ophthalmology research portfolios in the country. BMEC prides itself on the development of staff, appreciating that our staff are key in delivering high quality care to all patients.

About us

The Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre (BMEC), founded in 1823, is one of the largest tertiary level Ophthalmic Hospitals in Europe, providing highly specialised expertise in clinical care, research and education. We are a Tertiary Centre and for the West Midlands, hosting the Bechet's centre of excellence as well as receiving referrals both nationally and internationally for whole range of eye conditions. We host the Greater Birmingham emergency eye care services and provide the only inpatient facility for this area.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Are you ready to join our outstanding team, many of whom are internationally renowned for cutting-edge research and care innovation and work collaboratively within its integrated A & E, Ward, Theatre, Outpatient and Diagnostic teams. The post holder will be working with an extended team of specialist nurses, allied health professionals, technicians and photographers to further support new ways of working and expand the quality services BMEC already offers and be part of excellence and a progressive department.

Birmingham and the surrounding conurbation offers a very high quality of life with excellent residential areas, schools and everything one would expect to find in Britains second city.

Informal enquires are welcome. Please contact Neuro Ophthalmology lead Ms Lidia Martinez Alvarez, lidia.martinezalvarez@nhs.net

Person Specification

  • Entry on the Specialist Register in Ophthalmology (or entry expected within 6 months from the date of interview)


  • Higher Degree

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.

Clinical Experience


  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining CCT in Ophthalmology
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the management of acute ophthalmic emergencies
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the management of neuro-ophthalmology and general ophthalmology patients
  • Completed fellowship or specialist training in neuro-ophthalmology



  • Special interest that complements the existing consultants

Professional and Multi-disciplinary team working


  • Ability to work well with colleagues and within a team

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

Clinical Effectiveness


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

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
  • 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

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.


BMJRef: BMJ-92982/381-SS-4571386


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