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Vitreo-Retinal Surgical Fellowship

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Sandwell & West Birmingham
£43,923 per annum
Closing date
2 Mar 2024

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Job Details

The trust is looking to appoint to 2 Vitreo Retinal Fellow posts.

One post starting from June 2024 for a period of 12 months.

One post starting from August 2024 for a period of 12 months.

This is a clinical fellowship with the Vitreo-retinal Consultants Mr AK Tyagi, Mr A Sharma, Mr KS Lett, Mr A Mitra and Mr. S Ch'ng. The Post attracts an annual salary of £42,500.

It is suitable for post CCT UK trainees or suitably qualified overseas trainees offering opportunities to gain extensive sub-specialty experience in Vitreo-retinal surgery.

Any candidate who, for personal reasons, is unable to work full-time will be eligible to be considered for the post. For further information regarding the trust, please visit our website at

Closing date: 1/03/2024

Interview date: 12/3/24

Main duties of the job

The post is designed to provide comprehensive training in Vitreo-Retinal surgery and comprises specialist Vitreo-Retinal clinics and theatre sessions under supervision of the VR Consultants. The post holder will be one of three trainees undergoing higher sub-speciality training in Vitreo-Retinal surgery.

As experience is gained, increasing responsibility is given so that some Vitreo-Retinal surgery is carried out unsupervised and in an emergency setting out of hours by the trainee (although there is always a Vitreo-Retinal Consultant available for advice).

The post holder along with the other VR Fellows is expected to receive and coordinate referrals from referring hospitals and provide weekend on call cover for emergency VR cases, along with the Consultant. The post holder will rotate between firms during the course of the year.

About us

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWBT) is an integrated care organisation with a budget of approximately £600 million and over 7,000 staff. Diversity and social care is at the core of what we do as the Trust provides Community and Acute Services to over half a million people in an urban centre that demands massive regeneration and has substantial premature mortality.

Our new acute hospital, the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH), opens in 2024 and will provide care to our local population from first class, purpose-built premises. As a result, the base of this role may change to MMUH from 2024 (or beyond). If this is applicable to your role, you will be informed during the recruitment process and continuing your application with this understanding. The development of the new hospital will play an important role in the regeneration of the wider area and in improving the lives of local people and reducing health inequalities.

We have three newly emerging strategic objectives:

Our People - to cultivate and sustain happy, productive and engaged staff Our Patients - to be good or outstanding in everything we do Our Population - to work seamlessly with our partners to improve live

Job description
Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification

  • MBBS/MBChB or Equivalent
  • MRCOphth/FRCS(G)/FRCSI/FRCSEd/MRCSEd (Ophth) or equivalent


  • Additional Postgraduate qualification

Clinical Experience

  • Significant experience in Ophthalmology
  • Appropriate experience of supervised surgery as per college guidelines


  • Six months in vitreoretinal firm

Other Requirements

  • Full GMC Registration
  • Appropriate Immigration Status (where appropriate)
  • An understanding of the current NHS environment

Professional and Multi-disciplinary team working

  • Ability to work well with colleagues and within a team
  • Ability to assume responsibility

Clinical Effectiveness

  • Experience of conducting clinical audit and ability to use the evidence based on clinical audit to support decision making

Teaching and Training experience

  • Ability to teach clinical skills to medical and nursing staff and other disciplines

Personal Attributes

  • Flexibility
  • 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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