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Consultant Ophthalmologist

Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Southport and Ormskirk
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 Jun 2024

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Specialist doctor, Ophthalmology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This post is for a Consultant Ophthalmologist with special interest in Eye Urgent care and Cataract surgery. This is a permanent full-time post offering an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Medic to join a dynamic, rapidly expanding team delivering multidisciplinary acute care in Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

Applicants are required to hold Membership of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist (UK or equivalent qualifications), to be fully registered with the General Medical Council, and to be on the Specialist Register or due to obtain their CCT within six months of the date of interview.

Main duties of the job

The post is for a Full-time Consultant Ophthalmologist with special interest in Eye Urgent care and Cataract surgery within the Directorate of Planned Care. The successful candidate will be joining a progressive department and would be supportive of proposals to extend the scope of facilities currently available. Workload and clinic template is in line with Royal College guidance. Consideration will be given for time off in lieu due to bank holidays. As our week weekends on calls end at 9pm, Time off in lieu is not usually required.

The job plan would be 10 programmed activities per week:

  • 8 DCC (Direct clinical care Theatre/Clinic/Laser)
    • 2x theatre
    • 5 x Clinics (4 if job plan includes managerial duties)
    • 2x patient admin (1 for patient admin and 1 for additional managerial duties)
  • 2 SPA (0.5 teaching and 1.5 CPD)

About us

The Secretary of State has approved the partnership between St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals and Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals.

From 1st July we have come together as a single organisation under the name Mersey & West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust delivers acute hospital care, intermediate care, community, and primary care services to a population of over 600,000 people with a combined workforce of around 9000 dedicated and skilled staff from 17 locations including Whiston, Southport & Formby, St Helens, Ormskirk and Newton hospitals.

The Trust provides regional services for burns, plastic surgery and spinal injuries to more than 4 million people across Mersey and West Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man and North Wales.

Our Vision is to deliver 5 Star Patient Care:

  • CAREthat is evidence based, high quality and compassionate
  • SAFETY that is of the highest standards
  • COMMUNICATION that is open, inclusive and respectful
  • SYSTEMS that are efficient, patient centred and reliable
  • PATHWAYS that are best practice and embedded, but also respect the individual needs of patients

Our achievements include:

  • Trust rated Outstanding by CQC Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers & Health Service Journal)
  • Awarded National Preceptorship Accreditation (2023) for our Nursing & AHP Preceptorship Programme

Please see our Wellbeing & Benefits booklet for more information on our staff benefits.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Main duties & responsibilities

The holder of this post will provide Consultant Services in Ophthalmology at the Southport District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital.

The successful candidate will participate in an on-call rota with consultant colleagues in the provision of Ophthalmology services and clinical co-operation with colleagues in other specialities and hospitals in the Trust. This is presently a commitment 9.00am to 9.00pm and is based on full week on call rota.

  • The post holder would participate in Post Graduate teaching.
  • The post holder would actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance, audit, and CME.
  • The post holder will take part in Regional Postgraduate Teaching
  • The post holder would be encouraged to actively engage in research.
  • The post holder will share in the management and administration of the clinical directorate for Ophthalmology.
  • The post is for a Consultant in Consultant Ophthalmologist with special interest in Eye Urgent care and Cataract surgery.
  • The post is subject to enhanced DBS.

Closing Date: 19th June 2024

AAC Panel Date: To be confirmed.

Person Specification

  • MB ChB or evidence of equivalent qualification
  • Full and specialist registration with the General Medical Council (GMC), and licenced to practice
  • CCT /CESR in Ophthalmology
  • Entered on the Specialist Register (or eligible for registration within six months of interview)
  • FRCOphth or equivalent
  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in all aspects of general Ophthalmology
  • Competence in the management of eye trauma
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service (surgical and clinical) without supervision

Knowledge & Experience

  • Knowledge and experience of Ophthalmology
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and evidence of participation
  • Participation in continuing professional development (CPD) scheme and, where relevant, evidence of participation
  • Interest in teaching medical, nursing and other groups of staff
  • Experience of supervising trainee doctors, clinically and surgically
  • Broad range of IT skills
  • Experience of teaching clinical skills to undergraduate medical students
  • Experience of clinical or lab based research with publications in peer reviewed journals


  • Publication of audit results
  • Ability to supervise research

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, colleagues in Ophthalmology, other specialties and support staff
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods and to respond to questions
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multi-disciplinary basis with all levels of staff
  • Ability to cope with and effectively organize the workload of a consultant
  • Ability to practise independently as a consultant
  • Ability to help manage and lead the department balancing departmental and personal objectives
  • Good knowledge of, and ability to use, spoken and written English
  • Ability to practise independently as a consultant
  • Ability to take responsibility and show evidence of leadership
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to work within Trust policies as guided by the Clinical Director

Mental Efforts

  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with setbacks
  • Ability to organize and prioritise work effectively
  • Possess an enquiring and critical approach to work

Emotional Effort

  • Awareness of personal limitations
  • Ability to show a caring attitude to patients, staff and colleagues





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