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Consultant Ophthalmologist special interest Paediatric Ophthalmology

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
17 Oct 2023

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Specialist doctor, Ophthalmology
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity at The Great Western Hospitals (GWH) NHS Foundation Trust for Consultant Ophthalmologist with special interest in Pediatric Ophthalmology. This post has become available through the retirement of the current post-holder.

At GWH, we are focused on providing the best possible, personalized care to the people of Swindon, Wiltshire and within close proximity to our borders as well as to the wider community. We believe in treating patients as quickly as possible, helping them to get better faster by offering a range of outpatient clinics, day case, and in-patient surgery across the whole Ophthalmology arena.

This post is full time (10PA's) and the candidate is expected to participate in Consultant on-call rota & working with other Consultant Ophthalmologist colleagues. This post involves leading the busy Paediatric Ophthalmology services including Newborn screening for Retinopathy of Prematurity & strabismus assessment/surgery. There is also regular commitment for theatre lists. For further details please see the attached job description.

The Paediatric Ophthalmology service has an experienced team of Orthoptists, Optometrists & Nurses from whom the successful candidate will have full support. GMC Registration with a license to practice is essential. Candidates must hold CCT (or equivalent) and entry on the Specialist Register or be within six months of obtaining CCT by the interview date.
Main duties of the job

The Duties outlined below are not definitive and may be changed in accordance with the needs of the service.

Clinical Duties:
  • Multidisciplinary team working is key component of the working within the Trust and involves regular MDT discussions with colleagues
  • Providing evidence-based care for patients in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Continuing responsibility for the care of patients in your charge, including all administrative duties associated with patient care (with secretarial support)
  • Development of Paediatric Ophthalmology sub-specialty corresponding with Division needs and the strategic direction of the Trust
  • Experience/training in full management of Paediatric outpatient clinics, ROP screening, squint surgeries, paediatric refraction & ocular motility tests etc
  • Experience in cataract surgery and General Ophthalmology will be advantageous
  • Responsibilities for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties are required, and for contributing to undergraduate and post-graduate and continuing medical education activity
  • Provision of cover for Consultant colleagues' periods of leave in accordance with arrangements agreed within Trust policy.
  • Participation in clinical audit and in continuing medical education
  • Conducting suitable duties in cases of emergencies and unforeseen circumstances
  • The post holder will participate in an out of hours Consultant on-call rota, detailed within the job plan section
About us

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are. We will expect your values and behaviours to reflect the STAR Values of the organisation:

ServiceWe will put our patients first

TeamworkWe will work together

Ambition We will aspire to provide the best service

RespectWe will act with integrity

Job description
Job responsibilities

Management and Leadership Responsibilities:

All staff in each Division are managerially accountable through their Lead Clinician to the Associate Medical Director, who has overall responsibility for the services within the Division. Consultants are key members of the Division and are accountable and responsible for leading changes to service that will improve the patient experience.
  • To support the Clinical Lead in policy and strategy development as a senior member of the Division Management Team.
  • To contribute to the leadership and development of Services under the direction of the Clinical Lead and Associate Medical Director and in line with the Trusts business plans.
  • The post holder will ensure effective communication and involvement of staff across the Division including support to the Divisional Director to achieve their objectives.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues in other Divisions within the Trust.
  • As part of the Division Management Team, assist in the cost-effective utilisation of resources, including pay and non-pay items such as equipment and drugs, within budgets.
  • Work within the Trusts framework for Clinical Governance and Risk, including the development of clinical policies and adherence to standing orders, standing financial instructions and financial procedures.
  • Undertake direct supervision of junior colleagues and participate in departmental/trust wide teaching programmes.
  • Undertake investigations and report writing for incidents and participate in clinical risk management
  • Appointed candidates will embody the STAR values and use the principles of the NHS Constitution for England to guide decisions.

Person Specification
  • Fully registered with the GMC within 6 months of CCT

Employer details
Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



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