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Specialty Doctor In Ophthalmology

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year
Closing date
20 Dec 2022

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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Applicants are invited for the post of Speciality Doctor in Ophthalmology at Rotherham NHS Trust. We are looking for an enthusiastic doctor for the post of speciality doctor within a well-established Ophthalmology service. Previous comprehensive U.K. Ophthalmology experience is essential.

This post offers significant clinical, laser and surgical exposure with opportunity to develop subspecialty experience. Research and Audit is actively encouraged and supported in the department with ample opportunities. A minimum of 2 years UK ophthalmology experience is essential.

The post is offered with a job plan of 10 Professional Activities (PAs). On-call duties (1:5) are offered based on relevant experience and departmental need

Main duties of the job

Responsibilities include general, specialist clinics, cataract clinics, eye casualty and theatre sessions.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the department for an informal tour and discussion.

For more information about the post or to arrange a visit, please contact: Mr Jabir on Email: or Mike Flint, Service Manager on 01709 423732 email

About us

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is a combined acute and community provider delivering a range of health care services to people in Rotherham and across South Yorkshire.

We are ambitious about our future and the part we will play in meeting the health and social care needs of the local community and the wider region. Our innovative and forward thinking approach means we are at the forefront of care delivery for people at home, in the community and in hospital.

At the heart of the Trust are more than 4,500 members of staff who are working out of the main Rotherham Hospital site and a number of community locations. A range of specialist services are delivered across the South Yorkshire region and nationally.

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from everyone. The Trust seeks to establish a workforce as diverse as the population it serves. We will consider applications to work flexibly. If you are disabled and require reasonable adjustments to the application process, please contact the Medical Recruitment Team to discuss.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The Department

The Orthoptic Department consists of three part-time Orthoptists, equivalent to 3.9 full-time senior grades. They provide Orthoptic services for the hospital patients and children referred from the Community Clinics. They are also responsible for providing visual field testing. The Orthoptic rooms are well equipped and decorated. There is a playroom for the children adjacent to the outpatients

Fundal Photography and Fluorescein Angiography

There is a separate room equipped with digital photography equipment. The Medical Photographer provides this service. Four photographic sessions have been allocated for this service.

Field Rooms

This room is equipped with two Humphrey Field Analyser and Goldman Field Analyser, a computer with database recording system and word-processing.

Laser Room

Argon and Yag lasers have been installed in this purpose built room. The lasers are maintained and serviced by Physicists from Medical Physics.

A and B Scan: Based in the 4 minor theatre at OPD

The Out-Patient Department is recently refurbished, the out-patient department is well equipped with diagnostic equipment as well as with facilities for fluorescein angiography, argon laser, YAG laser, A and B scan and minor theatre with microscope. Apart from an integrated Orthoptic department. There are:

3.98 WTE Orthoptists who provide Visual Field plotting and L.V.A. Services.

The Post

The post is based at Rotherham Community Health Centre which is part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and the primary responsibilities of the post holder are:

1. The post holder will work under the supervision of the Consultants in outpatients and operating theatres at Rotherham Communuty Rotherham General Hospital. Elective and Non Elective in-patient services are provided at Rotherham General Hospitals. When on-call for emergencies out of normal working hours been resident on site at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is not mandatory but must be on site within 15 minutes.

2. The post holder is encouraged to carry out Clinical Audit and potentially research activities as an inherent part of normal clinical duties. There are opportunities to provide teaching and training roles within Yorkshire and Humber Deanery for Postgraduates. There are also opportunities to develop BMS staff towards Advanced Practitioner roles.

3. It will be a requirement of the post to maintain CPD activity (supported by funded study leave) to achieve Royal College compliance with the CPD programme.

4. The on call commitment will be 1:5

5. The new appointee will take on the responsibility and development of specialities/multidisciplinary team meetings relevant to their interests, and subject to the needs of the Department in negotiation with the Head of Department. The Department is keen to support any key interests that a Specialty Doctor may have and encourages personal and departmental development to support the service.

7. To cover other consultant colleagues for periods of annual or study leave. This will be reciprocated when the appointee takes such leave.

8. There are opportunities for the successful applicant to participate in other areas if the service has an input to its development.

9. To participate in the effective running of the department, contributing to an equitable share of workload and facilities. To engage in the efficient use of staff and resources for the development of the service in support of changing needs of patients and clinical users within the trust and the network and in the context of the Trust Quality Improvement programme.

10. To maintain a close working relationship with the other Specialty Doctor and Consultant Ophthalmologists and the technical and scientific staff within the Department.


1. In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to provide a service in Ophthalmology with responsibility for in-patients and out-patients.

2. In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to play a full part in the out-of-hours On-Call service for the department. This includes being on-call for telephone advice and major incidents.

3. To provide cover for Consultant and Senior colleagues in respect of periods of leave.

4. In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to take part in medical audit and research as appropriate.

5. In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to ensure that the requirements of clinical governance are met.

6. To ensure that there are adequate arrangements for hospital staff involved in the care of your patients to be able to contact you when necessary.

Junior Medical Staff

7. In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to play a full part in the professional supervision and management of junior medical staff.

8. In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to take responsibility for and devote time to teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required for junior medical staff.

Management & Service Development

9. In conjunction with the Divisional Senior Team, to take an active role in the management of the Division.

10. In conjunction with the Director of Clinical Services, Consultant & Senior colleagues, to play a full part in developing & implementing new ways of working in line with modernisation principles that are fit for the future.

11. In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to take responsibility for the best use of departmental staffing and other resources to ensure the maximum efficiency of the department.

12. To observe the Trusts agreed policies and procedures, in particular in relation to managing staff, and to follow the Trusts Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions. These policies and procedures have been drawn up in consultation with the profession on clinical matters.

Clinical Governance

13. In conjunction with Consultant colleagues, to ensure that the requirements of clinical governance are met.

Any Other Duties

14. Any other duties as deemed appropriate.

Person Specification

  • Minimum 4 years full-time service with at least 2 years in Ophthalmology


  • Experience of working at middle grade

Research and Audit

  • Evidence of audit and the implementation of change following audit


  • Relevant research published in peer review journal

Education and Teaching

  • To provide an appropriate contribution to the undergraduate teaching programme. The precise details of the contributions to teaching will be discussed with the appointee after taking up post

Management Skills

  • Demonstrate effective team working skills
  • Time management/organisational ability
  • Proven knowledge of systems and process of NHS or equivalent
  • Sense of understanding and commitment to corporate responsibility
  • Attendance at departmental Governance meetings are required


  • Full registration and a licence to practise with the GMC
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Please enter your GMC number


  • Equivalent of FRCOphth / Overseas equivalent


  • Ability to work well with colleagues and to relate to patients / relatives in an understanding and sympathetic manner.
  • Audit & research skills
  • Good communications skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to organise and participate in Training and teaching
  • Ability to run clinic sessions without any or remote supervision.
  • Demonstrate innovation and problem solving abilities


  • Ability to run clinical sessions independently.
  • Ability to undertake independent cataract and subspecialty theatres, laser and intravitreal injection sessions.
  • Ability to run laser clinics & theatre sessions without any or remote supervision.


  • An understanding of and ability to demonstrate your ability to:
  • Empower others
  • Lead through change
  • Influence strategically
  • Collaborative working
  • Drive for improvement
  • Integrity

BMJRef: BMJ-102214/165-C9165-22-11-110


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