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Consultant - Ophthalmology - Glaucoma

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year PA
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Specialist doctor, Ophthalmology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

  • Maintenance of the highest clinical standards in the management of Ophthalmology.
  • To share with colleagues responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Ophthalmology Department.
  • Teaching and training of junior staff, and opportunity to teach medical students within the University of Exeter Medical School.
  • To have responsibility for ensuring active participation in continuing medical education (CME).
  • To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audit. 
  • To attend meetings as appropriate. 
  • Fulfil duties of weekly timetable including any out of hours responsibilities.

Main duties of the job

  • Provision, with Specialty Grade and Trust Doctor colleagues, of a service to the Royal Cornwall Hospitals' NHS Trust, with responsibility for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, and the proper functioning of the department.
  • Cover for colleagues' annual leave and other authorised absences.
  • Any responsibility that relates to a special interest.
  • Professional supervision of other junior medical staff.
  • Responsibilities for carrying out teaching (where applicable).
  • Participating in medical audit, the Trust's Clinical Governance processes and in continuing Professional Development.
  • Involvement in research (where applicable).
  • Where it is agreed between the parties, work on behalf of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals' NHS Trust such as domiciliary consultations, or services provided by the Trust for other agencies, for example, the prison service (This excludes work delivered under direct arrangements between an individual doctor and a third party e.g. Category Two).
  • A willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional or national levels.

About us

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We serve a population of around 500,000 people - a figure that can increase significantly with visitors during the busiest times of the year. We employ approximately 6,700 staff and have a budget of approximately £580 million.

We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Plymouth School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Peninsula Dental School.

The Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site is the base for medical and nursing as well as ongoing education for health professions in clinical and non-clinical roles.

Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we are continually developing our clinical services as well as our facilities and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • The post-holder must at all times carry out their duties with due regard to the Trusts
  • Equal Opportunities Policy. A responsibility to ensure that all colleagues and patients receive the same treatment, care and attention, regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, age, sexuality or disability.
  • A responsibility to work co-operatively with colleagues and to respect and value their contribution to patient care.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors and staff. The post-holder is required to comply with the appropriate Health and Safety Policies as may be in force.
  • A responsibility to decline to undertake duties for which the post-holder has not been trained, or for which the post-holder does not believe they will be able to undertake safely.
  • It is the responsibility of the post-holder to ensure that all duties are carried out to the highest possible standard and in accordance with the current quality initiatives within the area of work.
  • All staff that have access to, or transfer, data are responsible for that data and must respect confidentiality and comply with the requirement of the Data Protection Act 1998, in line with the Trusts policies. Such information should not be released without the consent of the patient, client, or staff member concerned unless required by a court order.
  • The post-holder is responsible for data quality and complying with the policies, procedures and accountability arrangements throughout the Trust for maintaining accuracy and probity in the recording of the Trusts activities.
  • The post-holder will be required to comply with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in line with Trust Policy.
  • The post-holder is required to comply with Trust policy on the implementation of Working Time Regulations (1998, 2009 amendment) including declaration of hours worked and breaks taken by undertaking monitoring exercises when required, and reporting any instances where the pattern of working hours may constitute a health and safety risk to the post-holder, patients, public and other Trust employees. The post-holder will not be subjected to any unlawful detriment by reporting any concerns under the Regulations.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for undertaking the administrative duties associated with the care of patients and the administration of the department.
  • The post-holder will be required to participate in the annual appraisal process.
  • The post-holder will be required to complete annual updates in mandatory training.
  • Travel as necessary between hospitals/clinics will be required but a planned and cost effective approach will be expected.
  • Any other duties that may be required from time to time.

Person Specification

  • GMC Registration with a license to practice.
  • GMC Specialist Register or within six months of obtaining CCT (or equivalent) at time of interview.
  • Certificate of Eligibility for specialist Registration (CESR)
  • MBChB or equivalent
  • MBChB or equivalent


  • Teaching (Medical students, peers, MDT).
  • Completion of training or fellowship in glaucoma
  • Experienced in Clinical Audit and Clinical Governance and the benefits of how this improves the quality of care provided to patients and ensuring this is embedded in clinical practice.


  • Consultant level experience of running a glaucoma service
  • Completion of Training the Trainers Course

Practical and Intellectual Skills

  • Strong clinical and personal credibility.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills adapts style depending on audience.
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Conceptual and analytical skills
  • Speak fluent English to at least I.E.L.R.S level 7.5

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