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Clinical Fellow in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£33,790 to £53,132 a year pa
Closing date
20 Apr 2023

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

The post is for a Clinical Fellow (SpR grade) in Ophthalmology, with an interest in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility. This post is designed to provide higher sub-speciality training in Neuro-Ophthalmology surgery based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

This post does include Eye Casualty sessions, evening on call eye casualty session and you may be required to join the registrar on-call rota subject to service demands.

Main duties of the job

The Leicester Royal Infirmary provides the ophthalmology service for Leicestershire, a district with a population of over one million.

The candidate will be joining a team of 4 consultants and a Paediatric Fellow, along with a full Orthoptics team. The post is suitable for an ophthalmologist nearing the end of their training or already in possession of CCT. It offers post accreditation experience beyond traditional UK registrar rotations for ophthalmologists wishing to specialise in neuro-ophthalmology and ocular motility.

The successful candidate will work with Ms Samira Anwar, Miss Nagini Sarvananthan, Mr Stratton Tyradellis and Ms Claire Routledge. The candidate will be expected to make a substantial contribution to research and training in the department along with providing some emergency care.

About us

The new appointee will work alongside the Consultant Ophthalmologists to ensure a comprehensive and co-ordinated Ophthalmic Service. The Neuro-Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility Fellow will be appraised in their clinical role and advice and support for career progression will be available by the Clinical Director/Head of Service and Lead Clinicians.

Job description
Job responsibilities 

  • To provide Ophthalmology services at the University Hospitals of Leicester. A specialty interest in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility is required.
  • To provide Ophthalmology services by way of Outpatient clinics and theatre lists at the University Hospitals of Leicester.
  • To work flexibly and cooperatively with the other Ophthalmologists to maximise the utilisation of theatre lists and outpatient clinics.
  • To ensure the provision of good standards of practice and care as described in the GMC Guidance Duties of a Doctor are followed at all times; and that bad practice is reported.
  • To ensure that clinical practice is both effective and efficient and that appropriate monitoring of clinical care takes place.
  • To actively participate in audits.
  • To work with the CBU management team to ensure that services are delivered efficiently and reflect best practice with processes and governance to match - this may require new and flexible ways of working in the future.
  • To provide continuing care of patients and be responsible for the proper organisation and functioning of clinical practice.
  • To work closely with other specialties, departments and outside agencies to deliver the objectives of the Division and Clinical Business Unit.
  • To take responsibility for ensuring that critical clinical incidents, as defined in the Trusts Critical Incident Policy, are reported in a timely manner.
  • To participate in yearly appraisal and job planning process.
  • To undertake Mandatory & Statutory training as determined by the Trust and Clinical Business Unit 

Person Specification

  • MBBS or equivalent 
  • MRCOphth or equivalent
  • Full Registration with the GMC with a license to practice


  • Higher Degree e.g MSc, MPhil, MD, etc, or MRCP
  • Within 6 months of registering for CCT or already have CCT


  • Neuro-ophthalmology and ocular motility skills. Similar to a trainee within 6 months of CCT.


  • Wider experience of neuro-ophthalmology and ocular motility than expected of a trainee within 6 months of CCT


  • Understanding of ophthalmic basic sciences and the ability to apply this to clinical practice
  • Good knowledge of basic ophthalmology


  • Previous publications demonstrating in-depth understanding of clinical problems, audit or research

Clinical Skills

  • Ability to evaluate routine cases and interpret basic investigations
  • Awareness of constraints, risks and potential complications of management
  • Ability to record accurate and complete medical notes


  • Evidence of sound clinical judgement
  • Appropriate delegation of clinical and administrative tasks

Teaching Skills

  • Evidence of experience of, and enthusiasm for, teaching others


  • Appropriate delegation of clinical and administrative tasks
  • Good presentational skills


  • Commitment to Paed Ophthalmology
  • Capacity to maximise training benefit from programme to the benefit of patients
  • Commitment to take an active part in the training programme
  • Punctuality and dependability


  • Evidence of personal initiative


  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of good relationships, empathy, kindness and good communication with patients
  • Insight into personal limitations and willingness to accept appropriate criticism


  • Leadership qualities


  • Understanding the principles of audit


  • Evidence of participation in audit projects
  • Evidence of personal audit of own surgical outcomes


  • Understanding of research principles and scientific method


  • Research Publications in peer-reviewed journals


  • Evidence of Good organisational skills
  • Evidence of potential to become a consultant offering neuro-ophthalmology and ocular motility as a subspecialty


  • Prizes, distinctions or awards 

BMJRef: BMJ-117307/358-5110474-OPTH



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