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Consultant Ophthalmologist - Paediatric / Stabismus

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year PA
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

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Specialist doctor, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for a dynamic and forward-thinking Consultant Ophthalmologist - Paediatric / Strabismus Surgeon to complete a supportive team of specialists covering North Cumbria. Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, North Cumbria houses the Lake District, one of the country's most outstanding places of natural beauty and the region is an attractive, largely rural area with access to good road, rail and air communications. Housing is relatively inexpensive and there are excellent state and private education establishments.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for candidates who are interested in developing innovative ophthalmic practice helping to bridge the gap between acute hospital care, community and primary care. Our post offers an exciting opportunity for an ophthalmologist to help us develop a 'whole system' approach to delivering safe and effective modern eye care.

The successful candidate will join a team of consultant ophthalmologists, with specialist interests, who provide general ophthalmic services across North Cumbria to serve a population of approx. 360,000 with some referrals also coming from part ofSouth West Scotland and West Northumbria

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time':

  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.

  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:

  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:

  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification
Education & Qualifications

  • FRCOphth or equivalent
  • Full GMC registration
  • Holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or within six months of award of CCT or equivalent by date of interview
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Registrar in Ophthalmology (or within six months of inclusion on GMC specialist register)


  • Post CCT fellowship in applicable sub-specialty

Experience and Knowledge

  • High standard of clinical skill and expertise in clinical Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Governance
  • Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on range of clinical Ophthalmology problems both emergency and elective and in primary care
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for liaising with clinical staff for the clinical care of patients.


  • Experience in High Volume Cataract surgery
  • ROP, infant eye screening and examination

Management and Administrative

  • Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of their chosen subspecialty service.
  • Ability to cover on call


  • Experience of audit management


  • Experience of and commitment to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate medical staff
  • Ability to teach clinical and personal skills required for Ophthalmic care


  • Experience of teaching basic clinical skills to undergraduates
  • Teaching of non-medical health professionals
  • Educational Qualification

Research, Audit and Clinical Governance

  • Experience of, and commitment to, medical audit


  • Ability to supervise postgraduate research
  • Publications in referred journals

Communication skills and abilities

  • Empathetic and sensitive approach to patient needs
  • Approachable and effective multi-disciplinary team member with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team loyalty
  • Positive approach to lessons learnt
  • Confident approach without being arrogant


  • IT Skills / Presentation Skills

Continued Professional / Personal Development

  • Demonstrable evidence of lifelong learning
  • Reflective approach to personal development with an ability to acknowledge and effectively manage poor performance
  • Participation in appropriate peer review processes

Personal Attributes

  • Participation in on call and emergency cover.


  • Full UK driving licence

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