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Locum Specialty Doctor - Medical Retina/General Ophthalmology

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Sandwell & West Birmingham
£52,530 to £82,400 per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Job Details

We need an enthusiastic Specialty Doctor Ophthalmologist to support our Medical retina and general ophthalmology service. The post holder will be expected to work in Eye casualty as well as the above sub-specialities.

The Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre is a regional tertiary referral Centre staffed by 31 Consultants. It is the main hospital in the area providing A& E service. The department also provides a full range of sub-specialty services including cornea, glaucoma, medical and surgical retina, oculoplastics and paediatrics. Within the unit there is also a large orthoptic and optometry department, providing a wide range of services. This gives an excellent opportunity to someone keen to develop further skills.

Closing Date: 4th December 2023

Interview Date: 20th December 2023.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to have substantial medical retina competence in managing common retinal and macular diseases such as wet-AMD, anti-VEGF and diabetic retinopathy as well as technical skills with indirect ophthalmoscopy and interpretation of imaging techniques. The post holder is also expected to participate in the regional Eye casualty department providing emergency services.

The department would support and provide some flexibility to candidates working towards applying for CCT through the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) route. Excellent experience is guaranteed, with possible opportunity to review job plan on a regular basis to target CESR route application. Suitable applicants must have full GMC registration, with at least three years training in Ophthalmology.

About us

We have three strategic objectives:

People: To cultivate and sustain happy, productive and engaged staff

Patients: To be good or outstanding at everything we do

Population: To work seamlessly with partners to improve lives

We run services from Sandwell, City and Rowley Regis Hospitals, Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre,

Birmingham Treatment Centre, the Lyng and Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre. Our GP practices and community teams provide care in schools, healthcare centres and at home.

Our next milestone is opening the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH), a once in a career opportunity to shape care transformation within and beyond the hospital walls. MMUH will host the busiest Emergency Department in Europe, with state of the art facilities and future development of a Learning Campus.

Developing and caring for our People is fundamental. We were one of the first Trusts to provide the Real Living Wage, as well as a Live and Work scheme to support people at risk of homelessness into paid work and training. We offer a range of staff benefits, health & wellbeing support and will help you to bring your ambition to life through our bespoke training and development programmes. As People is one of our three strategic objectives, we make a continued commitment to prioritise support for all our colleagues.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For more information on the job role and responsibilities, please refer to the Job Description attached.

Shortlisted candidates should contact Mr Randhir Chavan (0121-507 4440, ) if they wish to discuss the post further.

Person Specification

  • Basic Medical Qualification (MBBS, MBChB or equivalent.


  • FRCOphth or equivalent

Clinical Experience

  • Full time training and experience at ST1/2 or higher grade or equivalent

Other Requirements

  • Full GMC Registration
  • Appropriate Immigration Status (where appropriate)
  • An understanding of the current NHS environment, particularly in relation to reforms, initiatives and issues.

Personal Circumstances

  • Residence within a reasonable distance of City Hospital, Birmingham
  • Ability to undertake clinical commitments at any of the Trust's sites.

Professional and Multi-disciplinary team working

  • Ability to work well with colleagues and within a team

Clinical Effectiveness

  • Experience of conducting clinical audit
  • Ability to use the evidence base and clinical audit to support decision-making

Teaching and Training experience

  • Ability to teach clinical skills to medical and nursing staff and other disciplines.
  • The ability to appraise junior doctors and other staff.


  • Formal training in teaching

Personal Attributes

  • Energy and enthusiasm and the ability to work under pressure
  • An enquiring and critical approach to work
  • Caring attitude to patients
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, patients, relatives, GPs, nurses, other staff and agencies.
  • Commitment to Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development





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