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Consultant Ophthalmologist with Interest in Vitreoretina and Emergency

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£95,828 to £128,443 per annum incl. London Zone Allowance
Closing date
24 Oct 2023

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Hospital, Ophthalmology
Career Level
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

This clinical post is based cross-site at King's College Hospital's main Denmark Hill (DH) site and Queen Mary's Hospital sites, though there is potential to support any of King's sites as appropriate. The individual will be required to play an active role in the general workload of the department while having a significant commitment to teaching and training of junior staff (medical and non-medical) within the delivery of clinical sessions.
Main duties of the job

The main remit of this post is to provide specialist Consultant leadership, expertise and support to the vitreoretinal and emergency services provided at King's College Hospital. The post holder will develop and provide comprehensive cover for both the vitreoretinal and the general ophthalmology emergency services. This includes a commitment to developing community based vitreoretinal and emergency services, with involvement in training and supervision. In addition, the post may involve performing high volume cataract surgery.

The post holder will contribute to the strategic development of the vitreoretinal and emergency service across all King's sites in collaboration with the other King's medical retina specialists and there are regular meetings of a cross-site subspecialty medical retina group to facilitate this.
About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The Trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for all via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets by 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  1. Together with the other Ophthalmologists, to provide a service for Ophthalmology patients across all sites. This includes all aspects of treatment and relevant management duties for the proper functioning of the care group.
  2. Shared responsibility with the other Consultants for providing 24-hour, 7 days a week cover for the Unit on a rota basis. Responsible also for covering colleagues periods of annual leave and short-term sickness.
  3. Provide clinical supervision of junior medical staff as a shared responsibility with other consultant colleagues.
  4. Responsible for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to CPD and clinical governance initiatives.
  5. Responsible for outpatient clinic commitments in peripheral hospitals as agreed with the site management team.
  6. Contribute to the care groups research interests in accordance with the Trusts R& D framework.
  7. Contribute to the audit programmes, Morbidity and Mortality, clinical governance programs and learning from Deaths.
  8. Take an active role in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the Care Groups Business Plan. This may include assisting with discussions regarding service plans and developments with internal and external agencies.
  9. Conduct all activities within the contracted level of service and operating plan for service(s).
  10. Exercise professional leadership for all staff working in the specialty. This will include fostering and developing projects focused towards these ends and ensuring that the momentum of post-qualification professional education and other appropriate training is maintained.
  11. Work in conjunction with clinical and other professional colleagues to ensure that the productivity of staff within the specialty is maintained and their job satisfaction is enhanced. This may include involvement in the appraisal process for peers and/or junior colleagues.
  12. Undertake Care Group management duties as agreed with the Care Group/ Departmental Manager/Clinical Director.
  13. Be aware of, and comply with, all Trust infection prevention and control policies, to include hand hygiene, personal hygiene, environmental and food hygiene.
  14. Prepare for and undertake the protective interventions that you are responsible for in a manner that is consistent with evidence-based practice and maintaining patient safety.

  1. You have a general duty of care for the health, safety and well-being of yourself, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance responsibilities associated with this post.
  2. You are required to observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations, including complying with statutory and Trust core training.
  3. You are required to observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff.
  4. You are required to be responsible, with management support, for your own personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues.
  5. The post-holder has an important responsibility for, and contribution to make to, infection control and must be familiar with the infection control and hygiene requirements of this role. These requirements are set out in the National Code of Practice on Infection Control and in local policies and procedures, which will be made clear during your induction and subsequent refresher training. These standards must be strictly complied with at all times.
  6. All employees must hold an '' email account, which will be the Trust's formal route for email communication. You are therefore required to check this regularly and to deal with such communication promptly.
  7. This job description is intended as a guide to the general scope of duties and is not intended to be definitive or restrictive. It is expected that some of the duties will change over time and this description will be subject to review in consultation with the post-holder.

Person Specification
  • Registerable medical qualification
  • FRCOphth / MRCOphth or equivalent
  • CCT in Ophthalmology or equivalent ophthalmic training (or be within 6 months of CCT date)
  • Other higher degree or diploma (e.g., MS, MD or PhD)
  • Full Registration with GMC and name on Specialist Register or be within 6 months of entry
Training and Experience
  • Wide experience in all aspects of Ophthalmology
  • Advanced subspecialty training in vitreoretina
  • Competence in performing high volume and complex cataract surgery
  • Experience in day-to-day organisation of Ophthalmic services in a busy Teaching Hospital
  • Familiar with current structure of Health Service and conversant with recent initiatives and changes
Management and Leadership
  • Able to demonstrate leadership capability within multi-disciplinary teams
  • Management course and/or qualification
  • Thorough understanding of principles of medical audit
  • Must have undertaken and completed audit projects
Research and Publication
  • Relevant research experience in one or more aspects of Ophthalmology
  • Publication of relevant papers, review articles and case reports
  • Experience of undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and exam preparation
  • Teaching skills course/qualification

Employer details
Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

King's College Hospital's (Denmark Hill) and Queen Mary's Hospital



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