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Consultant Ophthalmologist - Corneal

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
14 Jan 2024

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Specialist doctor, Ophthalmology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details


The post is for a Consultant Ophthalmologist with an interest in Cornea.This is a permanent post in the Musculoskeletal and Specialist Surgery CMG (MSS) and the Ophthalmology services are based at the Leicester Royal Infirmarywithin the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The post holder will be joining the corneal unit which consists of two full-time and two part-time consultants, two corneal fellows, and three specialist corneal nurses, supported by an active optometry department. We offer super-specialised clinics including keratoconus diagnosis and monitoring conducted both virtually and face-to-face, nurse-led dry eye clinics, nurse-performed CXL sessions, pressure-checking clinics, triage clinics, complex biometry, and immune suppression. We are in the final stages of arranging the importation of corneal tissue with a licence to store the tissue and expect to be able to resume our pre-pandemic corneal graft numbers of 115 per year.

The appointee will have a principle interest in Corneal Ophthalmology and they will be expected to contribute to the Corneal Ophthalmology service on the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) site and associated community hospitals. Participation on the on call rota and in the eye casualty department is essential.

Please note, the job description contains an illustrative job plan, and the final timetable will be discussed and agreed upon on appointment.

Main duties of the job
  • Maintenance of the highest clinical standards in the management of patients.
  • To share with colleagues responsibility for the day to day management of patients.
  • To promote new ways of working and co-ordinating care for patients in the community and to ensure that the services are based on effective and integrated partnerships across the health community.
  • Take part in multidisciplinary case conferences.
  • Supervise and train junior medical staff.
  • To be involved in appraising and assessing juniors.
  • Teaching, research and administration.
  • To proactively develop the service
  • To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audit.
  • Deliver outpatients and Corneal Graft operating service.

About us

The appointee will join an active and enthusiastic team of 28 Ophthalmologists who work at the Leicester Royal infirmary and community hospital sites including Loughborough, Hinckley, Coalville, Melton, Market Harborough Oakham and several community GP sites.

Applicants must already be on the GMC specialist register or within 6 months of the interview date have a certificate of completion of specialist training.

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:

high-quality care for all,

being a great place to work,

partnerships for impact, and

research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:

we are compassionate,

we are proud,

we are inclusive, and

we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

Job description
Job responsibilities
  • The post-holder will be required to maintain their continuing professional development (CPD) to be able to successfully revalidate. As per the Trust requirement the successful candidate will be required to have annual appraisal and attend / keep fully up to date with statutory and mandatory training as stipulated.
  • The post-holder will be expected to undertake the Trust Corporate and Directorate specific Induction and competency Programmes appropriate to the role.
  • To be able to provide support when needed in the emergency eye department.
  • To be a point of escalation when the emergency department requires senior consultant advice.
  • To provide Consultant Ophthalmology services at the University Hospitals of Leicester.
  • To provide Consultant Ophthalmology services by way of Outpatient clinics and Outpatient procedure lists at the University Hospitals of Leicester and in peripheral units.
  • To work flexibly and cooperatively with the other consultant Ophthalmologists to maximise the utilisation of outpatient procedure lists and outpatient clinics.
  • To provide emergency Ophthalmology services to patients in Leicestershire on the on call rota
  • To ensure the provision of good standards of practice and care as described in the GMC Guidance Duties of a Doctor are followed at all times and that bad practice is reported.
  • To ensure that clinical practice is both effective and efficient and that appropriate monitoring of clinical care takes To actively participate in audit.
  • To work with the Clinical Management Group (CMG) team to ensure that services are delivered efficiently and reflect best practice with processes and governance to match - this may require new and flexible ways of working in the future.
  • To provide continuing responsibility for the care of patients under their care and for the proper organisation and functioning of clinical practice.
  • To work closely with other specialties, departments and outside agencies to deliver the objectives of the Department and CMG.
  • To take responsibility for ensuring that critical clinical incidents, as defined in the Trusts Critical Incident Policy, are reported in a timely manner.
  • To participate in yearly appraisal and job planning process.
  • To undertake Mandatory & Statutory training as determined by the Trust and CMG.
  • To support allied health professionals in their development.
  • To provide a minimum of 1 session a week in the emergency eye department.

Person Specification
  • oFull GMC Registration and Licence to Practice
  • oFully Accredited for Higher Specialist Training or will be eligible for inclusion on the Specialist Register within 6 months of the interview date.
  • oFRCOphth or Equivalent
  • oMembership of relevant Specialist Societies or Associations.
  • oASTO/Fellowship
  • oHigher degree eg MSc, MD or equivalent.
Experience/ Clinical Skills
  • oExtensive relevant experience in Ophthalmology including
  • oClinical Knowledge and Expertise: Appropriate knowledge base
  • oWillingness to develop skills and experience in areas of interest
  • oFellowship trained in Cornea
  • oEvidence of clinical or research commitment and a relevant specialty interest.
  • oSubspecialty interest in Corneal Ophthalmology
  • oPersonal integrity and reliability. Willingness to learn new skills.
  • oAbility to motivate and develop both medical Staff and non medical staff.
  • oCommitment to further develop the post and the service provided.
  • oWillingness to work as a member of the team and to share administrative responsibilities.
  • oWillingness to work as a member of the team and to share administrative responsibilities.
  • oWillingness to work as a member of the team and to share administrative responsibilities.
  • oKnowledge of clinical governance issues
  • oCapacity to manage/prioritise time and information effectively capacity to organise own workload.
  • Flexible
  • oAwareness of Service Development issues
  • oEvidence of management and administration experience
  • oManagement training on an accredited course
  • oExperience in, and commitment to medical audit.
  • oUndergone training in teaching and willingness to organise relevant audit activities.
  • oCompletion of formal courses in audit.
  • oPublished Audit
  • oUnderstanding and interest in research.
  • oAbility to appraise research critically
  • oAbility to supervise juniors undertaking research projects.
  • oEvidence of recent research and development activity
  • oPublications in nationally and internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals on subjects relevant to the specialty.
Communication Skills
  • oAll applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication with patients and colleagues
  • oTo be empathic and sensitive capacity to take others perspectives and treat others with understanding
  • oLeadership skills
  • oExperience of, and commitment to teaching undergraduate and postgraduates
  • oAppraisal and assessment skills
  • oWillingness to develop new approaches to teaching
  • oPost Graduate qualification in medical education.

Employer details
Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary



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