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Ophthalmic Speciality Doctor

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,000 to £80,000 a year per annum
Closing date
22 Jun 2023

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Contract Type
Full Time
The Ophthalmic Surgical Unit is a specialised department which integrates The Medical Retina Unit, macular service, two theatres, a recovery area and an ophthalmic day surgery ward offering a number of clinical settings within the unit. The department is considered one of Blackpool Victoria Hospitals greatest assets treating up to 11,000 patients annually.

We are a forward thinking service, we are keen to up skill our staff and retain and develop our workforce. As a department we are moving towards virtual pathways, introducing patient initiated follow ups, and we are working towards nurse led clinics. We have also developed Medisight within our unit which is working well.

We are a great enthusiastic team, and we work together to achieve the best patient care possible.

The post will consist of a mixture of outpatient work, supporting with casualty clinics and working on MRU. Please note this post will also include a 1 in 8 on call duties covering evening, weekends and bank holidays.
Main duties of the job

Job Plan

The post holder will be expected to undertake the following 10 session job plan
  • 5 General / primary care clinics
  • 3 sessions to include either an independent theatre list, laser, possible macular / anti VEGF injection clinics, or other subspecialty clinics depending on experience
  • Admin

Please see below breakdown of our facilities:


Outpatient Ophthalmic clinics are held at BVH.

The outpatient department comprises:
  • 7 fully equipped consulting rooms,
  • Orthoptic department
  • Treatment room (with facilities for minor operations)
  • Visual fields rooms
  • Diagnostics Room with Heidelberg OCT Scan, OPTOS Fundal Camera, Slit Lamp fitted with digital screen and Anterior segment camera, Topographic Scan

As well as general ophthalmology clinics, there are dedicated speciality clinics in oculoplastics, vitreoretina, paediatric ophthalmology / ocular motility, cornea, and medical retina.

We provide a one stop cataract clinic and there is nurse led botulinum toxin clinics and nurse injectors supporting the medical retina service


Surgery is based within our own dedicated Ophthalmic Surgical Unit. The twin theatres have, floor mounted Zeiss microscopes and B & L Stellaris phaco systems. The unit has a preoperative area for local and day case general anaesthetic patients and consulting rooms for dedicated cataract and specialist clinics.
About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients. The hospital has a reputation as a friendly, welcoming place to work.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents -it's not just a good place to work it's a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

The Trust provides a range of acute services to the 352,000 population of the Fylde coast health economy and the estimated 18 million visitors to the seaside town of Blackpool. Since April 1, 2012, the Trust also provides a wide range of community health services to the 445,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and North Lancashire.

The Trust also hosts the National Artificial Eye Service, which provides services across England.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Management of patients within the ophthalmic directorate
  • To participate in consultant led ward rounds and outpatient clinics.
  • To participate in the review process of referrals from other specialities regarding clinical management, rehabilitation and discharge planning.
  • The on call would be part of the first on call rota, 1:8 nonresident, with the OSTs and other Speciality doctors
  • The successful applicant will undertake such reasonable alternative patterns of duty as may from time to time be required of him/her to conform with exigencies of the service.
  • The successful applicant will undertake such exceptional irregular commitments outside normally rostered duties as are essential for continuity of patient care.
  • The post holders duties will be allocated by the Consultant Medical Staff within the Team.
  • The postholder will be required to maintain their knowledge and skills. Study leave provision will be available to the post holder.
  • To participate in Training of Junior Medical Staff and Medical Students.
  • The post holder will be expected to undertake an annual appraisal by their respective Consultant.
  • Post holders with Research Interests will be actively encouraged

Person Specification
  • Primary medical qualification - full GMC registered
  • Possession of a post graduate qualification (FRCOphth, MRCOphth, FRCS)
  • Exposure to UK ophthalmology training
  • Able to undertake phacoemulsification procedures, Intravitreal injections.
  • Previous experience of at least 4 years in Ophthalmology
  • Able to undertake independent laser
  • Evidence of participation in Audit.
  • Exposure to UK ophthalmology training
  • Able to undertake phacoemulsification procedures, Intravitreal injections.
  • Published audit work
Personal skills
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the specialty/ sub-speciality
  • Possess good organisational, prioritisation, leadership and teaching skills.
  • Possess good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively in English.
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to work towards undertaking lists independently for outpatient clinics and surgical lists.
  • Experience of supervision of other staff.
  • Evidence of previous leadership roles
  • Understanding of principles of Clinical Governance

Employer details
Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Whinney Heys Rd, Blackpool



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