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Senior Glaucoma Fellow in Ophthalmology

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Sandwell/West Birmingham
£40,000 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Apr 2023

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Job Details

Applications are invited for the position of Senior Glaucoma Fellow at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital, Birmingham.

This Fellowship is for 12 months and provides comprehensive training in the medical and surgical management of complex glaucoma. The fellowship post is under the supervision of Mr Velota Sung Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mr Maged Nessim Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mr Imran Masood, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mr Pandey, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Miss Mushtaq Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon. This is a busy post in tertiary referral center and is suitable for candidates who are near to completion or those who have completed the Higher Specialist Training programme (or equivalent) in Ophthalmology. The candidate will also take part in a 1:10 out of hours on call (5pm to 8.30pm), and 1:4 Glaucoma triaging/advice.

Closing Date: 5th April 2023

Interview Date: 18th April 2023

Main duties of the job

The Fellows will be exposed to all forms of complex glaucoma and will gain significant hands on training in the management of glaucoma using a variety of laser and surgical techniques. The unit is equipped with the latest imaging devices including linear UBM and Spectral domain OCT. Glaucoma is managed using the latest laser and surgical techniques including SLT, endoscopic cyclodiode, MIGS surgery (Istent, Canaloplasty, GATT, Hydrus, Preserflo), Mitomycin Trabeculectomy and Aqueous shunts. In addition a large number of complex cataract surgeries are carried out in angle closure glaucoma patients including goniosynechiolysis. The unit has a significant interest in novel MIGS procedures.

There are other ongoing research projects in glaucoma, anterior segment imaging in angle closure glaucoma, and various multicentre clinical trials.

Previous Fellowship / ASTO experience in Glaucoma and Anterior Segment surgery would be an advantage. An established research interest within the field of glaucoma is essential. Due to the complex surgical nature of the post it is essential that the candidate is a highly proficient in cataract surgery and has also had previous glaucoma surgery experience.

Candidates should be in possession of Part 2 FRCOphth or equivalent. Suitably qualified candidates from overseas with appropriate GMC registration will be considered. The post does not carry Postgraduate Dean's approval or ST training recognition.

About us

We have three strategic objectives:

People: To cultivate and sustain happy, productive and engaged staff;

Patients: To be good or outstanding at everything we do;

Population: To work seamlessly with partners to improve lives;

We run services from Sandwell, City and Rowley Regis Hospitals, Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre,

Birmingham Treatment Centre, the Lyng and Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre. Our GP practices and community teams provide care in schools, healthcare centres and at home.

Our next milestone is opening the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH), a once in a career opportunity to shape care transformation within and beyond the hospital walls. MMUH will host the busiest Emergency Department in Europe, with state of the art facilities and future development of a Learning Campus.

Developing and caring for our People is fundamental. We were one of the first Trusts to provide the Real Living Wage, as well as a Live and Work scheme to support people at risk of homelessness into paid work and training. We offer a range of staff benefits, health & wellbeing support and will help you to bring your ambition to life through our bespoke training and development programmes. As People is one of our three strategic objectives, we make a continued commitment to prioritise support for all our colleagues.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For more information on the job role and responsibilities, please refer to the Job Description attached.

For informal enquires please contact Mr Maged Nessim, Glaucoma Service lead, (0121 554 3801, or Mr Imran Masood Glaucoma Consultant and Governance Lead ( at The Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre: If you would like to visit the department please contact Vijay Modi, Service Manager on (0121 507 8087 or e-mail

Person Specification

  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Parts 3 MRCOphth, Part 2 FRCOphth (or equivalent international qualification)


  • Intercalated BMedSc or equivalent
  • MSc, MD, MPhil, PhD
  • CCT or equivalent international qualification

Clinical Experience

  • Completed core curriculum training in ophthalmology in the UK (or equivalent international qualification)
  • Previous corneal and external diseases training
  • Able to take a detailed medical history, carry out a full medical examination and arrive at a differential diagnosis
  • Able to manage common medical and eye emergencies
  • Surgical and laser experience


  • Previous advanced subspecialty training opportunity or fellowship in corneal and external diseases

Other Requirements

  • Eligible for or possess limited or full GMC registration
  • Appropriate Immigration Status (where appropriate)


  • An understanding of the current NHS environment

Management and Administrative Experience

  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively

Clinical Effectiveness

  • Experience of taking part in clinical audit

Teaching and Training experience

  • Some experience of teaching

Research Experience

  • Understands principles and value of research
  • Participate in papers, presentations or posters


  • MSc, MD, MPhil, PhD

Professional and MDT

  • Ability to work well with colleagues and within a team

Personal Attributes

  • Understand the principles of laboratory based research
  • Energy and enthusiasm and the ability to work under pressure
  • An enquiring and critical approach to work
  • An ability to organise and prioritise work effectively
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, patients, relatives, GPs, nurses, other staff and agencies.
  • Commitment to CME and CPD

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Location:  West Midlands, United Kingdom

Core Values:  Patient Safety and Quality of Care, Innovation and Research

Size:  Three hospitals, Specialist Intermediate Care Centre, Supra-regional Eye Hospital

Specialties:  Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre, National Poisons Information Service, Behçet’s Syndrome National Centre of Excellence

Our new hospital – the Midland Met – opening in 2022

About Us Harnessing ambition, investment, commitment and the contribution of our people, our vision is to be the UK’s best integrated care provider by 2020. We’re already on our way to achieving this. We’ve trebled our training budget, enhanced the way we recognise our people and are constructing career pathway frameworks. Our people have names, they have voices, they have a family here. As we create greater levels of service integration, we know where we’re going and we know we won’t get there alone. That’s why we want you to join us.

Our Trust

First, let us tell you what we’re building on. It’s a firm foundation, of which we’re very proud. We are an integrated care organisation with an outstanding reputation for teaching, education, research and innovation. Our 6,600 staff are here for 530,000 local people when they need us. City Hospital in Birmingham is home to the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and our Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre. It’s also the regional base for the National Poisons Information Service. At Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich, you’ll find inpatient, paediatrics, most general surgery and our stroke specialist centre. At the Trust, we also have significant academic departments in cardiology, rheumatology, ophthalmology and neurology. We have intermediate care hubs at Rowley Regis and at Leasowes in Smethwick. Our community teams throughout Sandwell provide integrated services for children in schools, GP practices and at home. They also offer both general and specialist home care for adults in hospices and nursing homes. In 2022, we will open the brand new Midland Metropolitan Hospital - the perfect demonstration of our vision for the future. And we are investing in far more than buildings. We are dedicated to investing in you. It matters to us that you enjoy the training, support and opportunities you need to fulfil your total potential and build the career you really want. We’ll make that happen by trebling our training budget. We’ve developed new career path frameworks and new ways to recognise your achievements. Because you’re part of our family, we want the best for you.Our organisation has nine care promises that reflect how we expect each other to treat patients, visitors and colleagues. We know these promises embody our caring ethos because they were developed by our own frontline staff. These are our promises: 

I will

… make you feel welcome
… make time to listen to you
… be polite, courteous and respectful
… keep you informed and explain what is happening
… admit to mistakes and do all I can to put them right
… value your point of view
… be caring and kind
… keep you involved
… go the extra mile

Research and Development: a jewel in SWBH’s crown

SWBH has a long and proud track record of delivering world class research that has made a real difference to the quality and safety of care provided to patients locally, nationally and internationally. The Trust was the recipient of the West Midlands Clinical Research Network’s award for outstanding overall performance in 2017-18.The Trust has an ambitious R&D plan, fully supported by the Trust Board, to continue to develop R&D with a focus on a range of domains including:

  • Increasing the internationally recognised excellence of our research portfolio.
  • Increasing the breadth of our clinical research portfolio and the range of health care professionals contributing to it.

Researchers at the Trust have the full support of the Trust’s R&D department and its large and highly motivated team of research nurses, clinical trials practitioners and data coordinators and well as its research management and governance team.

Professor Karim Raza talks about our reputation for world class research

Birmingham as a place to live and work

Birmingham and the borough of Sandwell are great places to live. City Hospital  and the Midlands Metropolitan Hospital site are close to Birmingham City Centre and the popular suburbs of Edgbaston, Bearwood, Harborne and. Moseley. There are six towns that serve Sandwell, they are Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury, and West Bromwich. Each have their own individual character and attractions. There are a huge range of places to live with easy access via road or public transport all serving the Trust sites well. Housing in the area is very affordable with transport links in and around the city and Sandwell are excellent. Birmingham boasts a range of places to socialise in, with a range of top/great restaurants and bars. And the second city is fast-becoming a shopping haven, with a vast array of choice, from designer to unique independently-run shops. Birmingham boasts a number of outstanding schools including the King Edwards VI collective grammar schools and independent schools. The city is also home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Midlands Arts Centre  (MAC), Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre and a number of museums including the Art Gallery, and the Thinktank.  Musical stars frequently perform at the Genting Arena, whilst at the adjacent National Exhibition Centre (NEC) there is a comprehensive diary of events. Birmingham offers an impressive range of sporting facilities including cricket, football, golf, rugby, sailing, tennis and has a 50 metre swimming pool. Birmingham and Sandwell have excellent transport links with the International Airport, major rail routes and easy access to motorways. Trains run direct to London from Birmingham New Street, and Sandwell & Dudley with the fastest route taking just one hour 24 minutes. In addition Stratford Upon Avon, rural areas of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire are within easy reach.

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