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Consultant in Ophthalmology

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£99,532 to £131,964 pro rata per annum
Closing date
13 Jul 2024

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Specialist doctor, Ophthalmology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is an exciting new opportunity to work as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the West Suffolk NHS Foundations Trust.

The interview will be held on Thursday the 22nd of August 2024.

You will work as part of the Ophthalmology Department and are expected to provide a high quality service and ensure excellent patient care.

The proposed job plan will consist of 10 PAs, including 2-3 theatres, 4 outpatient clinics, SPA and admin sessions. In addition, there is a requirement to contribute to the on call ophthalmic service on a currently 1:8 rota, as part of the consultant team in the department.

Full details of main responsibilities can be found in the attached job description and person specification for this role.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a Consultant Ophthalmology service for in-patients, day cases and out-patients, with continuing responsibility for the patients, their care and for the effective functioning of the department
  • To take part in the Consultant on call rota (1:8)
  • To carry out teaching duties as required and to take an active part in the education pro gramme of junior medical staff, nurses and AHPs
  • To provide supervision and training to junior hospital doctors
  • To participate in clinical audit, evidence based practice and clinical governance within the department.
  • To participate in regional sub-specialty audit and clinical governance
  • To participate actively in continuing professional development (CPD).
  • A job plan will be agreed by the Clinical Directors in the first instance and approved by the Medical Director on behalf of the Chief Executive. This Plan will be reviewed annually and will provide an opportunity for discussion of the individuals personal development plan and for appraisal.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification attached for full details of the post.

The Ophthalmology Department serves a population of approximately 280,000 over an area of 600 square miles centred on Bury St Edmunds. Included in this area are Thetford to the north, Newmarket to the west, Sudbury to the south and Stowmarket to the east and peripheral clinics are held in Newmarket and Sudbury.

The department was opened as an NHS Eye Treatment Centre in 2004 adjoining the Day Surgery Unit. The building was planned in close cooperation with the architect by clinicians to provide a first-class environment for staff and patients. The ground floor comprises a cataract unit and a medical retina suite with nurse assessment rooms with IOL masters, an auto refractor, fundus camera and Cirrus OCT. Adjacent to the cataract unit is a large comfortable surgical waiting area leading to the ophthalmic theatre. Theatres are equipped to a high standard with Zeiss microscopes and B& L phacoemulsification machines, one with posterior vitrectomy capability 99% of surgery including children under GA is conducted as day case work.

Excellent PA support to ensure efficient management of administrative tasks, allowing to focus on patient care and professional development, with designated office space for privacy and convenience, and working alongside with 6 knowledgeable nurse specialists with prescribing training, that offer assistance in clinic settings, addressing patient inquiries, and managing administrative tasks.

Person Specification

  • MBBS or equivalent
  • FRCOphth or equivalent
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register or be eligible for entry onto the Register within six months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) at time of interview.
  • Hold GMC Registration with a Licence to Practise


  • MRCP
  • MD or PhD

Clinical Experience

  • Proven clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment of general ophthalmic conditions, including thorough training in phacoemulsification cataract surgery.
  • Ability to deal with Ophthalmic emergencies.
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients.


  • Subspecialty expertise complementary to the departmental needs. Neuro-ophthalmology, Primary Care and Cataract particularly welcome

Management and Administrative Experience

  • Ability to provide leadership in developing clinical services and to ensure their quality.
  • Evidence of participation in clinical audit activities.
  • Understanding of mechanisms required when dealing with concerns about professional practice.
  • Ability to manage teams.


  • Attendance on management course
  • Willingness to be ophthalmology College Tutor.
  • Willingness to be lead clinician in rotation with colleagues.

Teaching Experience

  • Experience of and interest in supervision and training of junior medical staff (FY1, FY2, ST1/2, SpRs)
  • Experience of teaching healthcare professionals
  • Ability to teach clinical skills.


  • Attendance at a course on presentation and teaching skills - teaching the teachers or similar

Research Experience

  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Other Attributes

  • Enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, all grades of Health Care professionals and other agencies.
  • Commitment to CPD and the requirements of Clinical Governance and Audit
  • Willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional or national levels.
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post.


  • Has ability to travel to rural locations. Candidates with disabilities who able to meet this requirement by other means, or following reasonable adjustments to the job description, will be considered

Knowledge and Skills

  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues which could be demonstrated by one of the following: - PLAB 1 - PLAB 2 If applicants believe that they have adequate communication skills, but do not fit into one of the examples they need to provide evidence





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