This post of Consultant in Ophthalmology with a sub specialist interest in neuro-ophthalmology/strabismus in the Abergele Eye Unit arises due to retirement and is a replacement post.
Main duties of the job
This is a full time post consisting of ten sessions per week (please refer to the Welsh Consultants' contract for precise contractual details). The on-call rota will be a maximum frequency of 1:8 and the rota is arranged over a weekly cycle. The on call is two tier with a junior doctor first on call. The post attracts payments at intensity band 1 and is allocated 0.5 clinical sessions. There will be dedicated secretarial/admin support.
The fixed sessions will include four clinics (specialist/general - split subject to clinical need) and 2 theatre sessions. The theatre sessions will be used for a combination of strabismus and general ophthalmic work. The theatre sessions have senior anaesthetic cover.
The remaining flexible sessions would be used to support professional development, teaching, research, clinical governance, patient administration and to cover on-call commitments. Mentoring will be available to newly appointed consultants.
Annual leave and study leave/ professional leave will be provided in accordance with the Welsh Consultant contract.
A full programme of activities is held in the Postgraduate Medical Centre at Glan Clwyd Hospital, including evening lectures (during winter/spring) and combined rounds, which are held throughout the year. The programme also includes staff clinical conferences, tutorials, discussion and journal club meetings and symposiums. A comprehensive and up to date medical library has been developed together with a first class inter-library exchange system.
Glan Clwyd benefits from the North Wales Clinical School being on the YGC site. We train medical students from Cardiff and Manchester, some of whom come to do special study modules. Our ophthalmic trainees enjoy a high success rate in professional exams thanks to excellent preparation by a core group of enthusiastic consultant teachers. We currently have 3 trainees from the Welsh rotation at St1, St2 and St3 levels and 1 trainee on the Dual Sponsorship Scheme.
Full Job Description and Person Specification can be found alongside all further additional documents.
- Name on Specialist Register OR proof of eligibility of entry onto Specialist Register OR within six months of obtaining a CCT at the time of the interview.
- Other Higher Degree or Diploma
- Broad Based general experience in Ophthalmology plus specialist skills in chosen sub-specialty.
- Ability to provide general ophthalmology on call service.
- Additional specialist skills or experience.
- An understanding of the Strategic and Operational issues underpinning Clinical Governance and their application in daily practice and evidence of such.
- Ability to apply knowledge.
- Ability to write relevant, legible clinical notes.
- Safe and effective oral communication skills
- Willingness to involve patients in their management.
- Ability to handle difficult interviews with patients or relatives with tact and sensitivity
- Basic IT skills
- Advanced IT Skills including knowledge of web site authoring.
- An understanding of NHS management practices and their application and evidence of such.
- A willingness to partake actively in the management of any specialist interest of the appointee within the job.
- A willingness to attend and actively participate in the departmental management meetings.
- Management course / qualification
- Departmental administration experience.
- Experience of rostering.
Audit & Research
- Evidence of participation
- Evidence of completed audit projects.
- Ability to access published evidence
- Critical appraisal course / skills
- Evidence of participation
- Research-based publications
Teaching & Training
- Evidence of a commitment to teaching trainees.
- Evidence of teaching trainees
- Evidence of commitment to Life Long Learning and Continued Professional Development.
- Member of Work orientated Specialist Societies
- Evidence of teaching Nursing and Paramedical staff, medical students
- Teaching course / qualification
- Friendly and polite disposition.
- A team player who values the individual contributions of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Reliable, self-motivated and punctual.
- Evidence of the ability to work in stressful situations and/or when under pressure.
- Able to work 'flexibly'
- A willingness to work outside working hours at short notice in times of need.
- Able to commence work within 3 months of appointment.
- Willingness to undertake professional responsibilities at local / regional / national level