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General Ophthalmology
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week (10 PAs)
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University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Employer type
Leicester Royal Infirmary
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
21/07/2022 23:59

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Consultant Ophthalmologist - General

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

We are actively promoting flexible working options, helping you to manage a work / life balance

Job overview


Applications are invited for the permanent post of Consultant Ophthalmologist

This is permanent post which will enhance the current establishment of NHS and academic staff of the Department of Ophthalmology and Alliance Hospitals. The successful appointee will be expected to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and clinical audit. They will be required to undertake management duties and work in a multidisciplinary team.

The appointee will have a principle interest in General Ophthalmology and they will be expected to contribute to the general Ophthalmology service on the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) site and associated community hospitals. Participation on the on call rota  and in the eye casualty department is essential.

Please note, the job description contains an illustrative job plan, and the final timetable will be discussed and agreed upon on appointment.

Main duties of the job

  • Maintenance of the highest clinical standards in the management of patients. 
  • To share with colleagues responsibility for the day to day management of patients.
  • To promote new ways of working and co-ordinating care for patients in the community and to ensure that the services are based on effective and integrated partnerships across the health community.
  • Take part in multidisciplinary case conferences.
  • Supervise and train junior medical staff.
  • To be involved in appraising and assessing juniors.
  • Teaching, research and administration.
  • To proactively develop the service
  • To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audit. 

Working for our organisation

The appointee will join an active and enthusiastic team of 24 Ophthalmologists who work at the Leicester Royal infirmary and community hospital sites including Loughborough, Hinckley, Coalville, Melton, Market Harborough and Oakham

The Ophthalmology Service in UHL is currently providing patient care specializing in the areas of Medical retina, Uveitis, Oculoplastics, Lacrimal, Cornea, Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal surgery, Neuro Ophthalmology and Paediatric Ophthalmology.

Applicants must already be on the GMC specialist register or within 6 months of the interview date have a certificate of completion of specialist training.

As this post is regulated by the Protection of Children Act 1999, The Criminal Justice Courts Act 2000 and / or the Care Standards Act 2000 an enhanced police criminal records disclosure will be requested by the Trust in the event of a successful application.

Further information about the disclosure scheme can be found at the disclosures website.

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust consists of three acute teaching hospitals serving the population of Leicestershire. It is fully committed to Continuing Medical Education for consultants.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • The post-holder will be required to maintain their continuing professional development (CPD) to be able to successfully revalidate. As per the Trust requirement the successful candidate will be required to have annual appraisal and attend / keep fully up to date with statutory and mandatory training as stipulated.
  • The post-holder will be expected to undertake the Trust Corporate and Directorate specific Induction and competency Programmes appropriate to the role.
  • To be able to provide support when needed in the emergency eye department.
  • To be a point of escalation when the emergency department requires senior consultant advice.
  • To provide Consultant Ophthalmology services at the University Hospitals of Leicester.
  • To provide Consultant Ophthalmology services by way of Outpatient clinics and Outpatient procedure lists at the University Hospitals of Leicester and in peripheral units.
  • To work flexibly and cooperatively with the other consultant Ophthalmologists to maximise the utilisation of outpatient procedure lists and outpatient clinics.
  • To provide emergency Ophthalmology services to patients in Leicestershire on the on call rota
  • To ensure the provision of good standards of practice and care as described in the GMC Guidance ‘Duties of a Doctor’ are followed at all times; and that bad practice is reported.
  • To ensure that clinical practice is both effective and efficient and that appropriate monitoring of clinical care takes To actively participate in audit.
  • To work with the Clinical Management Group (CMG) team to ensure that services are delivered efficiently and reflect best practice with processes and governance to match - this may require new and flexible ways of working in the future.
  • To provide continuing responsibility for the care of patients under their care and for the proper organisation and functioning of clinical practice.
  • To work closely with other specialties, departments and outside agencies to deliver the objectives of the Department and CMG.
  • To take responsibility for ensuring that critical clinical incidents, as defined in the Trust’s ‘Critical Incident Policy’, are reported in a timely manner.
  • To participate in yearly appraisal and job planning process.
  • To undertake Mandatory & Statutory training as determined by the Trust and CMG.
  • To support allied health professionals in their development.
  • To provide a minimum of 1 session a week in the emergency eye department. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • Full GMC Registration and Licence to Practice
  • • Fully Accredited for Higher Specialist Training or will be eligible for inclusion on the Specialist Register within 6 months of the interview date.
  • • FRCOphth or Equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • • Membership of relevant Specialist Societies or Associations.
  • • ASTO/Fellowship
  • • Higher degree eg MSc, MD or equivalent.

Experience/ Clinical Skills

Essential criteria
  • • Extensive relevant experience in Ophthalmology including
  • • Clinical Knowledge and Expertise: Appropriate knowledge base
  • • Willingness to develop skills and experience in areas of interest
Desirable criteria
  • • Evidence of clinical or research commitment and a relevant specialty interest.
  • • Subspecialty interest in General Ophthalmology


Essential criteria
  • • Personal integrity and reliability. Willingness to learn new skills.
  • • Ability to motivate and develop both medical Staff and non medical staff.
Desirable criteria
  • • Commitment to further develop the post and the service provided.


Essential criteria
  • • Willingness to work as a member of the team and to share administrative responsibilities.
  • • Willingness to work as a member of the team and to share administrative responsibilities.
  • • Willingness to work as a member of the team and to share administrative responsibilities.
  • • Knowledge of clinical governance issues
  • • Capacity to manage/prioritise time and information effectively; capacity to organise own workload.
  • Flexible
Desirable criteria
  • • Awareness of Service Development issues
  • • Evidence of management and administration experience
  • • Management training on an accredited course


Essential criteria
  • • Experience in, and commitment to medical audit.
Desirable criteria
  • • Undergone training in teaching and willingness to organise relevant audit activities.
  • • Completion of formal courses in audit.
  • • Published Audit


Essential criteria
  • • Understanding and interest in research.
  • • Ability to appraise research critically
  • • Ability to supervise juniors undertaking research projects.
Desirable criteria
  • • Evidence of recent research and development activity
  • • Publications in nationally and internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals on subjects relevant to the specialty.

Communication Skills

Essential criteria
  • • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication with patients and colleagues
  • • To be empathic and sensitive; capacity to take others perspectives and treat others with understanding
Desirable criteria
  • • Leadership skills


Essential criteria
  • • Experience of, and commitment to teaching undergraduate and postgraduates
  • • Appraisal and assessment skills
Desirable criteria
  • • Willingness to develop new approaches to teaching
  • • Post Graduate qualification in medical education.

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Job title
Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of Service
Email address
Telephone number
0116 258 6864
Additional information

Zack Sentance - General Manager Ophthalmology

0116 258 6864


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