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Locum Consultant Ophthalmologist Paediatric Lead & Adult Strabismus

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
15 Dec 2023
This is a locum post one year fixed term contract post which will be based in the new purpose-built REI Ophthalmology centre, the post holder will be joining an experienced team, leading the paediatric service inclusive of our ROP screening programme and supporting the adult strabismus service to patients in the southwest region. The specialist candidate will support the team in developing improved pathways in line with national eye care recovery and transformation programme.

The department will have a designate paediatric area within the new build which will have a designated corridor to this area of care. Alongside of this we're looking to grow our resilience in the adult strabismus pathway. We have an enthusiastic team of orthoptists who are looking forward to working with the successful applicant to deliver improved patient pathways and working relationships with the wider medical services within UHP.

The post holder will be expected to support in the growth of paediatric urgent care model and develop our paediatric service across the peninsula. 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

A working week for a full-time consultant is comprised of 10 programmed activities (PAs) each of which has a nominal timetable value of 4 hours.

The job plan listed in the job description is for indicative purpose only and the final plan will be agreed with the Clinical Director after appointment. As the service develops, evening and weekend work may become part of this post

About us

The new purpose-built REI Ophthalmology Centre will boast 3 large modern fully equipped operating theatre rooms with ceiling mounted microscopes (newest Zeiss OPMI Lumera 700 with Callisto) and B& L Stellaris surgical equipment. One theatre will be dedicated for 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, clinical care being provided by medical staff, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals. The outpatient department will be located on the second floor comprising a range of accommodation, including the Macular Treatment Centre, Imaging Hub, Orthoptist and Ocular Motility Rooms, two laser rooms (YAG + SLT, PASCAL) and a stand-alone paediatric area. The department is well-equipped, including PASCAL laser, a Combo YAG laser, 5 OCT machines (all Zeiss HD5000 and 6000, two with angioOCT), 4 Humphrey Visual Field Analysers, Optos , 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 system.Recruitment Template - Medical - 1 (

Job description
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Person Specification



Education, qualifications & special training

FRCOphth (or equivalent)

Full GMC registration

To be on the appropriate GMC Specialist Register or eligible for admission within six months of interview.

Higher degree.

Postgraduate prizes and awards.

Other medical qualifications. Experience outside specialty.

Particular skills and experience

Demonstrate evidence of a sound ophthalmic training equivalent to that recognised in the UK.

Attended appropriate basic specialty courses.

Demonstrate evidence of having had a good subspecialty training.

Evidence of ability to perform advanced subspecialty specific procedures.

Ability to lead a team.

Comprehensive knowledge of subspecialty subject.

Understanding of NHS.

Good time management.

Demonstrate evidence of wide based specialty knowledge.

Attended appropriate courses/meetings in the last 6 years covering the spectrum of the entire specialty.

Fellowship experience.

Attended subspecialty specific meeting or courses within the last 3 years.

Research & Clinical Audit

Presentations or publications in peer reviewed journals.

Able to conduct clinical audit.

Evidence of a research interest.

Published as 1st author.

Current research.

Research in a specialty interest or trauma.

Extensively published.

Presentations at local/ regional/national/ international meetings.

Publications and presentations in subspecialty subject.

Demonstrate an enthusiasm to continue with research and clinical audit.

Relevant audit projects

Statistical Knowledge


Ability to teach clinical and practical skills.

Demonstrate experience in having taught junior doctors.

Evidence of experience and ability in teaching.

Supervision of projects.

ATLS instructor.

Training the trainers course or equivalent.

Evidence of enthusiasm and experiencing teaching undergraduates, post-graduates and other health-care professionals.

Communication & interpersonal skills

Well-presented CV.

Ability to work in a team.

Ability to delegate appropriately.

Prepared to put patients interests above all other

Willingness to become part of existing ophthalmology team

Demonstrate evidence of ability to communicate and co-operate well with patients and other health-care professionals

Evidence of good communication skills.

Information technology skills.

Leadership skills.

Good presentation skills.


Willingness to participate in management process.

Participated in some sort of Management process (service or research)

requirement or disability. Evidence of commitment

Evidence of interest and ability in management.

Management qualification

Practical Requirements

Full UK Driving Licence

Ability and willingness to work hours of the job, shifts, on-call with any reasonable adjustment to take account of any local requirement or disability.

Evidence of commitment.

Person Specification
  • Research in a specialty interest or trauma.
  • Postgraduate prizes and awards.
  • Full GMC registraiton
  • To be on the appropriate GMC Specialist Register or eligible for admission within six months of interview.
  • Demonstrate evidence of a sound ophthalmic training equivalent to that recognised in the UK.

Employer details
Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital - REI

Brest Road



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