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Consultant in Ophthalmology with a Special Interest in Glaucoma

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 Per annum
Closing date
29 Dec 2023

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Specialist doctor, Ophthalmology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The James Paget University Hospital is seeking to appoint a ConsultantOphthalmologist with specialist interest in Glaucoma, as a replacement post. The Consultant will have responsibility for providing a specialist glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmic service in conjunction with their consultant colleagues. We are dedicated to providing high quality care for the population of South East Norfolk and North East Suffolk. The post is based at the James Paget Hospital, with outreach clinics at Beccles, as outlined in the job plan (see above).

The position provides an excellent opportunity for a suitably qualified specialist to actively contribute to the further development of a modern Ophthalmology service within this highly regarded Trust, with its wide range of acute and community services, which will afford high professional visibility. The successful candidate will have a firstclass opportunity to build a strong reputation as an Ophthalmologist.
Job Description and Person Specification is awaiting RCOpht approval.

Main duties of the job

The Department

The outpatient department is run by Sister Julie Mitchell / Sister Louise Nunney and is well-equipped, with:
  • Nine consulting rooms, each containing standard ophthalmic instruments
  • Two orthoptic rooms
  • Photographic room
  • Laser treatment room
  • Visual field examination room
  • Treatment room.

Also available in the department are:-
  • Humphrey (x4) VF analyzers.
  • Ellex pattern frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser, Ellex Nd:YAG laser, and SLT laser
  • A and B Ultrasound standardized echography
  • Zeiss IOLmaster biometry (x2)
  • Farnsworth-Munsell 100 Hue test
  • Digital Retinal camera(KOWA) and wide-field OPTOS Camera
  • HRA2 Fluorescein, ICG and Autofluorescence camera
  • Digital Anterior segment camera
  • Topcon 3-D OCT
  • Spectralis OCT MACHINES 4 at JPUH site AND 1 OCTA Angiography system at Beccles.
  • Auto-refractor
  • Galilei Scheimflug Corneal Tomography
  • Corneal Specular Microscopy
  • MICS cataract surgery equipment - Bausch & Lomb Stellaris (x2)

About us

The Trust provides comprehensive acute care for the population of Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and the South Waveney area and for many visitors to the area. This acute care provided from the James Paget University Hospital site at Gorleston is supported by other community services at the Newberry Centre, Kirkley Rise North Lowestoft, and outreach clinics. The Trust serves a population of approximately 230,000, with 500 beds, 3,370 members of staff, both full and part time and a budget of £129 million per annum. We are a University Hospital with a medical school training the next generation of health professionals and developing research.

The James Paget University Hospital is a high performing hospital with a history of strong performance both financially and in terms of achieving national and local targets. There is a close working relationship between staff and management with a strong culture of team working which contributes to a friendly working environment.

The Trust has successfully undertaken several national pilots.The Hospital has a strong reputation for Education and Training and this has been furthered by the close working relationship with the UEA Medical School. The hospital contributes approximately a third of secondary care teaching. With the hospital's new University Hospital status there is now a growing emphasis on establishing a research culture within the Trust.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Main Duties

1. Provision with Consultant colleagues of a service to the JamesPaget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, withresponsibility for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnessand the proper functioning of the department 2. Out-of-hours responsibilities, including participation in Consultanton-call rota where applicable 3. Cover for colleagues annual leave and other authorised absences 4. Any responsibility which relates to a special interest 5. Professional supervision and management of junior medical staff 6. Responsibilities for carrying out teaching, examination andaccreditation duties as required and for contributing toundergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical educationactivity, locally and nationally 7. Participating in medical audit, the Trusts Clinical Governanceprocesses and in CPD 8. Involvement in research 9. Managerial, including budgetary, responsibilities whereappropriate 10. Where it is agreed between the parties, work on behalf of JamesPaget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust or servicesprovided by the Trust for other agencies, e.g. the prison service.

Person Specification
Education and Qualifications
  • MBBS or Basic Medical Degree
  • FRCOphth or equivalent
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Register of GMC and/or hold CCT or have an agreed date for it which is within 6 months of the date of interview.
  • Full GMC Registration
  • MD/MS
Experience and Knowledge
  • Glaucoma Fellowship or equivalent experience
  • Proven Clinical experience in Ophthalmology, with a broad experience of the specialty
  • Ability to carry out high volume cataract surgery
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work effectively
  • Able to plan and develop the service
  • Experience of working in and leading a multi disciplinary team, balancing departmental and personal objectives
Academic Achievements
  • Ability to use research outcomes in clinical practice
  • Evidence of active participation in clinical audit
  • Experience of using evidence base to support decision making
  • Undertaken research projects and published papers
Key Skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly with clinical colleagues, laboratory staff, and other staff and agencies
  • Experience in teaching junior medical staff
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Computer Literate
  • Sub specialty training in Glaucoma
  • Experience in undergraduate teaching
  • Formal training in teaching skills
  • Management training
  • Awareness and respect for colleagues, patients and relatives' dignity, privacy, integrity, cultural and religious beliefs
  • Energy and Enthusiasm and an ability work under pressure
  • Good previous attendance record
  • Ability to travel to meet the requirements of the post

Employer details
Employer name

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


James Paget University Hospital

Lowestoft Road


NR31 6LA

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