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Consultant Ophthalmologist - special interest in Uveitis & Retina

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

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Specialist doctor, Ophthalmology
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is for a fully accredited Consultant Ophthalmologist with a specialist interest in Uveitis and Medical Retina.There will be a 10% financial incentive plus relocation expenses included.

The post holder will be expected to support the growth of our paediatric urgent care service and manage and/or supervise acute clinics.We believe in supporting the growth of the future workforce and therefore the post-holder will partake in teaching and training of AHPs, trainees and fellows.

Main duties of the job

With the growth of our department, we are recruiting 4 new consultant positions across various sub-specialities. This post will support the growth of our Medical Retina Team in delivering specialist care, and development or our patient pathways.

A Job Plan review will take place within the first 6 months, to support the successful candidate in developing services for treatment of specialist services, including pathway redesign.

About us

The new purpose-built REI Ophthalmology Centre, opening in June 2023, will boast 3 large modern fully equipped operating theatre rooms with ceiling mounted microscopes (Zeiss OPMI Lumera 700 with Callisto) and B& L Stellaris surgical equipment.Each operating room has its own preparation room and anaesthetic room, with a shared recovery area. One theatre will be dedicated to high flow cataract surgery as per GIRFT guidelines.The day case unit comprises 3 fully equipped examination rooms for preoperative rounds. All paediatric patients undergo surgery in the Freedom Theatres, Level 2 of Derriford Hospital. Urgent care will be easily accessible on the ground floor with separate consulting and treatment rooms.The outpatient department will be located on the second floor comprising a range of accommodation, including the Macular Treatment Centre (with two treatment rooms - for intraocular injections), Imaging Hub, Orthoptist and Ocular Motility Rooms, two laser rooms (YAG/SLT and PASCAL) and a stand-alone paediatric area. The department is well-equipped, including PASCAL laser, an SLT/YAG laser, 5 OCT machines (all Zeiss HD5000 and 6000, two with Angio-OCT), 4 Humphrey Visual Field Analysers, Optos California and Zeiss Clarus, one RetCam, an anterior segment camera, 2 B-Scanners, Pentacam and a Specular Microscope. All images, OCT scans and visual field tests can be viewed and manipulated in all clinic rooms and consultants' offices with the Zeiss Forum systemRecruitment Template - Medical - 1 (

Job description
Job responsibilities

Key Duties of the Post
  1. To collaborate and work to maintain Ophthalmology services in line with strategic requirements.
  2. To provide, with the other Consultants in the specialty, routine and emergency Ophthalmology services to the Trust, operating a system of mutual out-of-hours cover, and cover for annual, study and professional leave.
  3. To provide a consultation and advisory service to medical colleagues in other specialties in the Trust
  4. To develop a special interest to complement those of the existing Consultants in the specialty and in accordance with the priorities of the Trust.
  5. To develop appropriate services and techniques required to fulfil clinical needs, within available resources.
  6. To take responsibility for the professional supervision and appraisal of junior medical staff, in conjunction with colleagues.
  7. To participate in the education and training of junior doctors, medical students, nurses, paramedics and general practitioners.
  8. To participate in the training and assessment of specialist registrars rotating through the department.
  9. To liaise with medical staff in other specialties and participate in clinical meetings and postgraduate activities in the Trust.
  10. To maintain and develop good communications with general practitioners.
  11. To participate in research in accordance with priorities agreed within the Division and the Trust within available resources.
  12. To contribute to the development of Ophthalmology services, treatment guidelines and the promotion of greater knowledge of the management of Ophthalmology conditions in primary care.
  13. To demonstrate a firm commitment to the principles of clinical governance, including:
    1. Developing and maintaining appropriate systems and practice to ensure effective clinical audit in Ophthalmology.
    2. Attending and contributing to the Trusts Clinical Governance Programme.
    3. Participating in the Trusts Clinical Incident Reporting system.
    4. Developing a programme of personal continuing professional education and development, within available resources and within the workload and priorities of the service, as agreed with the Divisional Director and in accordance with the Royal College requirements. The Trust will provide the necessary support for this.

Person Specification
Full GMC registration
  • Full GMC Registration
  • FRCOphth (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrate evidence of a sound ophthalmic training equivalent to that recognised in the UK.
  • Evidence of ability to perform advanced subspecialty specific procedures
  • ROP Treater/Screening Experience
  • Attended appropriate basic specialty courses.

Employer details
Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


University Hospitals Plymouth




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