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Locum Medical and/or Surgical Retina Consultant Ophthalmologist

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Fixed term: 12 months
10 sessions per week (Full Time)
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University Hospitals North Midlands
Stoke on Trent
£84,559 - £114,003 pa
Salary period
27/01/2022 23:59

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

From 1st April 2022 all NHS workers in England with face to face contact with patients must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Only those with medical exemptions will be excluded from this requirement. Please consider this mandatory requirement when applying for this position.

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview

This is a 12 months fixed term post to help manage the increasing demand in the Medical and/or Surgical Retina service.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the existing glaucoma team to deliver a high quality and timely service to the local population. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape and contribute to the development of the service. They will also work closely with the current team of consultant colleagues and participate in a 1 in 10 on call rota.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to the general ophthalmic and cataract service and flexibility is required to meet the department’s service commitment to delivery of efficient, safe and high quality patient care.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will participate in outpatient activity leading and managing both Medical and/or Surgical Retinal and general ophthalmology clinics, be involved in preoperative management prior to surgery, and in all aspects of the operative care of the patients. It is anticipated that the surgeon will spend the equivalent of at two sessions in the operating theatre and three/four sessions a week in outpatient clinic in addition to administrative, management, clinical governance and supporting professional activity duties. S/he will work closely with clinical colleague, nursing and other allied health care staff in order to enhance the level of patient care at the Trust.

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands has two sites: Royal Stoke University Hospital, located in Stoke-on-Trent, and County Hospital, located in Stafford. From these hospitals we provide a full range of general acute hospital services for people living in and around Staffordshire and beyond. The Trust also provides specialised services for three million people in a wider area, including neighbouring counties and North Wales.

Our specialised services include cancer diagnosis and treatment, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, renal and dialysis services, neonatal intensive care and paediatric intensive care. We are recognised for our particular expertise in trauma, respiratory conditions, spinal surgery, upper gastro-intestinal surgery, complex orthopaedic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and the management of liver conditions. The Trust has some of the most modern operating theatres in Europe.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

A detailed job description and main responsibilities can be found within the job pack attached in the supporting documents. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • FRCOphth (or equivalent)
  • Full GMC registration with licence to practice
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree

Clinical Experience & Training

Essential criteria
  • Appropriate experience and competencies as defined in the basic and higher specialist training curriculum of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists or demonstrate evidence of sound Ophthalmic training equivalent to that recognised in the UK.
  • Recognised sub-speciality training in vitreo-retinal surgery and /or Medical Retina

Professional and Multidisciplinary Team Working

Essential criteria
  • Comprehensive and sound knowledge of general ophthalmology and in particular glaucoma subspecialty
  • Evidence of ability to perform safe and skilful cataract surgery as well as advanced subspecialty specific procedures.
Desirable criteria
  • Attendance at appropriate meetings and courses covering the spectrum of the speciality
  • Audit of surgical procedures

Academic Achievements, Research, Publications

Essential criteria
  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Evidence of research interest
  • Demonstrate experience in teaching junior medical staff and other allied health care professionals
Desirable criteria
  • Presentations at local/regional /national and international meetings.
  • Publications and presentations in general ophthalmology and /or subspecialty interest
  • Training the trainers course
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Andrew Brown
Job title
Clinical Lead, Ophthalmology
Email address

If you have problems applying, contact

2nd Floor, Springfield Building
Royal Stoke Hospital
Newcastle Road
Stoke On Trent