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Specialist Doctor in Ophthalmology

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
£81,500 to £92,500 a year Per Annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you a Specialist in Ophthalmology with a special interest in Medical Retina? Then this post is for you! Keep reading...

This is an excellent opportunity within the Ophthalmology department at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. The Sub-Regional Eye Unit consists of outpatient facilities at three sites Lister Treatment Centre (LTC), New QEII Hospital and Hertford County Hospital, as well as a theatre complex fully equipped with state of the art equipment for ophthalmic surgery and an Urgent Eye Clinic based at the LTC.

Main duties of the job

This is a substantive appointment, based predominantly at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. The post comprises 10 programmed activities (PAs) which could be modified for a candidate preferring to less than full time. Applications from those wishing to work part-time or job share are actively encouraged.

The post holder will hold ophthalmological examinations, investigations and treatments of patients referred from Accident service, General Medical Practitioners and other departments of the hospital.

The post holder will manage outpatient clinics, laser clinic sessions and will write letters, and communicate with General Medical Practitioners and other medical, nursing and paramedical staff as required
About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general & specialist services we provide & our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible & innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:


  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation our staff & patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

We understand that finding and starting a new job is an important life decision. If you need reasonable adjustments for a disability, or a life event, such as menopause - so that we can consider your application fairly & to get the best out of you during the selection process, please let us know.

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. Employees are entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns & we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made & considered formally, & will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

Job description
Job responsibilities




  • Maintenance of high quality patient centred care
  • Shared responsibility for the day to day management of the service and participation in strategic planning
  • Teaching and training within the multidisciplinary service
  • Active involvement in multidisciplinary team meetings and directorate clinical governance activity
  • Active participation in continuing medical education


Person Specification
Qualifications / Training




  • Shall have full registration and a Licence to Practice with the General Medical Council.
  • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) at time of interview or, provide GMC confirmed eligibility for entry on the Specialist Register
  • FRCOphth/MRCP or qualification of an equivalent level




  • Postgraduate academic degree

Previous Experience



  • Demonstrates an interest and commitment to the specialty
  • Ability to offer and be accountable for, full and independent expert diagnostic opinion
  • Experience in organising educational activities




  • Broad range of experience in general ophthalmic surgery




  • Able to evidence engagement with clinical governance and the identification of errors and the learning from errors.
  • Able to show situational awareness and application of good decision making
  • Can evidence leading on patient safety issues and achieving a change in practice
  • Ability to effectively teach clinical skills
  • Ability to critically appraise published evidence
  • Evidence engagement with appraisal and revalidation




  • Demonstrate understanding of basic principles of audit, evidence based practice and clinical quality improvement initiatives
  • Comprehensive knowledge and insight regarding all the domains within the GMC standards of Good Medical Practice

Other Requirements



  • Demonstrates an interest and commitment to the specialty
  • Experience and evidence of engagement around the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.
  • Able to actively support the development of a culture that recognises and promotes equality, values diversity, and actively leads by example in deploying these qualities.
  • Understands the impact on equality, diversity and inclusion issues in all aspects of service delivery and planning
  • Role model our Trust values every day
  • Understands and can demonstrate the values of the NHS constitution


Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details
Employer name

East and North Herts NHS Trust

Lister Hospital

Coreys Mill



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