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Speciality Doctor

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£44,555 to £81,216 a year per annum inc London Weighting
Closing date
18 Oct 2022

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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full-time permanent Specialty Doctor post

The successful applicants must have extensive experience in general ophthalmology and primary care and emergency ophthalmology. Experience in either medical retina and/or glaucoma and/or external eye disease is desirable.

There is no on-call commitment.

A surgical session can be available in each job plan and some training can be given to get a suitable candidate up to the level of running independent cataract lists.

Job plans will have an element of flexibility to match candidates skills, experience, clinical interests and to make allowances for personal commitments. All 10 PA job plans will 1 admin session, 1 CPD session, 1 emergency clinic session and 6 further sub specialty outpatient clinics including 1 or more treatment clinics (Laser/Minor operations (MOPs)/ injection)

For those staff considering application for a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Register (CESR) there may an opportunity to arrange some sessions to gain appropriate experience.

Main duties of the job

Broadly each job plan will have:

1 admin session

1 SPA session

1 emergency clinic session

6 further sub specialty outpatient clinics (1 or more treatment clinics - Laser/MOPs/ injection - can also be worked into job plans in place of outpatient clinics where appropriate)

Consideration will be given to those who are not able to work a full time job plan and those who wish to work a job plan with > 10 PAs.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  1. Together with the other Ophthalmologists, to provide a service for Ophthalmology patients across Kings sites. This includes all aspects of treatment and relevant management duties for the proper functioning of the department.
  2. To support sub-speciality services to the wider Queen Marys catchment population
  3. Under the supervision of the Consultant Ophthalmologist and seeking advice when needed to see, treat and discharge patients in line with the services protocol and trust guidelines.
  4. Work in the Rapid Access (Emergency Referral) Unit with the Senior Doctor and Nurse Practitioners to manage patients with emergency eye conditions
  5. To contribute to departmental research interests in accordance with the Trusts R&D framework.
  6. To Contribute to the Audit Programme
  7. To conduct all activities within the contracted level of service and operating plan for Ophthalmology services.
  8. hand hygiene, personal hygiene, environmental and food hygiene. To undertake annual training/updates in infection prevention and control.
  9. To be accountable for implementation of the Code of Practice within own department/area of responsibility.
  10. To prepare for and undertake the protective interventions that you are responsible for in a manner that is consistent with evidence based practice and maintaining patient safety.
  11. You have a general duty of care for the health, safety and well-being of yourself, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with this post.
  12. You are required to observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional
  13. You are required to observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff.
  14. You are required to be responsible, with management support, for your own personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues.
  15. The post holder has an important responsibility for and contribution to make to infection control and must be familiar with the infection control and hygiene requirements of this role. These requirements are set out in the National Code of Practice on Infection Control and in local policies and procedures which will be made clear during your induction and subsequent refresher training. These standards must be strictly complied with at all times.
  16. All employees must hold an '' email account which will be the Trust's formal route for email communication. You are therefore required to check this regularly and to deal with such communication promptly.
  17. This job description is intended as a guide to the general scope of duties and is not intended to be definitive or restrictive. It is expected that some of the duties will change over time and this description will be subject to review in consultation with the post holders.


The above represents an outline of the duties of the post and will, together with the job plan, be reviewed on an annual basis in accordance with the Trusts performance

Person Specification

  • Minimum of 6 years' full time experience in ophthalmology


  • NHS Experience


  • Medical Degree


  • FRCOphth or equivalent , CCT or Associate Specialist experience


  • Full registration (or eligible for full registration) with the General Medical Council


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All about King’s

We are one of London's leading hospitals with a world-class reputation, but our roots lie in the heart of our community.

Every day we care for patients from some of the most deprived communities in the capital and from some of the wealthiest. Our globally renowned specialties – including liver, diabetes and sickle cell – are largely driven by the health problems of our ethnically diverse local community.

King's is also one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals. We train 400 doctors, 275 nurses and 750 dentists each year, in partnership with King’s College London.

We have a reputation to maintain, so we are looking to recruit great people. Whether you work in medicine, nursing, administration, scientific services or patient support, we want you to keep up our high standards… and push them even higher.

A reputation for excellence

By trying new things and working hard, we do more with less: that’s the King’s way. We’ve built our reputation by finding ways to be excellent, even in challenging times. As a result, we are now one of the UK’s largest and busiest hospitals, providing a full range of services for people in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham as well as specialist provision for patients in the South East and further afield.

Our reputation extends beyond London and the UK. King’s is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, blood cancers and fetal medicine.

Making a difference to the community

As an NHS Foundation Trust, we reach out to the community and team up with local councils and groups to improve our services.

From working with police teams to tackle violent crime and anti-social behaviour, to lobbying for improvements to transport, King’s has the reputation and the influence to be more than a local hospital. In partnership with small businesses in the area, we are creating a two-way exchange of local services and skills.

King’s in the media

Our achievements regularly appear in the local and national media. From new surgical techniques to innovations in research, our reputation keeps growing.

The Channel 4 TV documentary 24 Hours in A&E was based at King's. The programme showed how our Emergency Department staff, and other medical and surgical teams across the hospital, worked together to treat seriously ill patients.

Pioneering research

Patients and clinicians come to King’s from all over the world because of our reputation as pioneers in medical research.

Transferring the results of this research from bench to patient bedside is now quicker and easier thanks to the establishment of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

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