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Specialty Doctor in General Ophthalmology

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£50,373 to £78,759 a year
Closing date
2 Dec 2022

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Applications are invited from suitably experienced and enthusiastic Specialty Doctor in Ophthalmology to join a knowledgeable and highly motivated team at West Suffolk Hospital. The post is full-time, comprising a job plan of 10 PAs, working closely with 7 Consultant colleagues and 2 Specialty Doctors.

This post is intended for applicants who have completed their basic ophthalmic training. Ideally the applicant would have obtained MRCOphth or equivalent. The post will be tailored to the experience of the successful applicant and it is intended that opportunities for further training and personal development are provided where possible. It is expected that the applicant would already be competent in dealing with general and direct referral urgent ophthalmic patients.

Main duties of the job

3.1 Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The Specialty Doctor post holder will be attached to the Ophthalmology service under the direction of the Clinical Lead; specifically, they will support the subspecialty clinics and general/Acute Ophthalmic clinics in the Eye Treatment Centre and there will be a training element to the post, appropriate to the needs of the post holder. Elective ophthalmic surgery is carried out in the Eye Treatment Centre theatres. The specialty doctor may attend theatre either in a supervised or unsupervised role dependent upon the experience of the successful candidate. In addition, they will be responsible for attending clinics as part of the agreed weekly timetable. The specialty doctor will be expected to take an active role in the training of junior doctors, nursing and other staff in the department, and will participate in the on-call rota in conjunction with all other training and specialist grades.

There is ample opportunity to participate in teaching and audit, whilst attendance at regional and departmental teaching sessions is also encouraged and supported

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

Were a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and childrens ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please full Job Description attached

The post will involve both general and subspecialist outpatient work (e.g. Medical Retina, Glaucoma, Cornea, Oculoplastic and Paediatric ophthalmology) in order to meet the needs of our local population. Appropriate supervision will be available in subspecialty clinics, with the opportunity for the successful applicant to develop their own role in the department. Training in cataract surgery may be available to the successful applicant.

The successful candidate will participate to on call commitment. Currently the department provides 24 hr, 7 day on call.

Person Specification
Management Ability

  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues which could be demonstrated by one of the following:
  • a. that applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English; or
  • b. have the following scores in the academic international English Language Testing System (IELTS) Overall 7.5, Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7.
  • However, if applicants believe that they have adequate communication skills but do not fit into one of the examples they need to provide evidence


  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCOphth or equivalent
  • Full GMC registration with a licence to practise
  • Shall have completed at least four years full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of which will be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty or as a fixed term specialty trainee in a relevant specialty; or shall have equivalent experience and competencies.


  • Higher degree / fellowship or other experience


  • Clinical Knowledge & Expertise: Appropriate knowledge base and capacity to apply sound clinical judgement
  • Evidence of at least 2 years of ophthalmic training equivalent to that recognised in UK
  • Learning & Personal Development: Realistic insight into specialty. Demonstrates self-awareness and commitment to personal & professional development


  • Personal Attributes: Shows aptitude for practical skills, e.g. hand-eye coordination, dexterity
  • Extracurricular activities / achievements relevant to ophthalmology
  • Attendance at appropriate meetings and courses

Other Attributes

  • Empathy & Sensitivity: Capacity to take in others perspectives, sees patients as people, able to develop rapport
  • Communication Skills: Capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation, open and non-defensive, well-presented application
  • Managing Others & Team Involvement: Capacity to work cooperatively with others and show leadership/authority where appropriate
  • Problem Solving & Decision
  • Making: Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems and make decisions
  • Coping with Pressure: Capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with setbacks & adapt to rapidly changing circumstances
  • Organisation & Planning: Capacity to manage time and information effectively. Capacity to prioritise clinical tasks
  • Professional Integrity: Capacity to take responsibility for own actions and demonstrate a non-judgemental approach towards others


  • Information technology skills

BMJRef: BMJ-100616/179-C9179-MSJ32-22



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