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Senior vitreoretinal fellows in ophthalmology

NHS Medical & Dental: Senior Clinical Fellow

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NHS Medical & Dental: Senior Clinical Fellow
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 40 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
Salary period
18/04/2021 23:59

Job overview

Applicants are invited for two 12 month posts of senior vitreoretinal fellow at the Southampton Eye Unit. The timetable for each post is available to view on the attached job descriptions; one will include participation in the general on call rota.

The posts will provide the applicants with a broad grounding in the diagnosis and management of retinal disease. You will have the opportunity to attend 4-5 vitreoretinal theatre sessions per week and to be trained by three consultant Vitreoretinal surgeons. There is an active academic interest within the department and the successful applicant would be given the opportunity to do clinical research.

The Vitreoretinal team is led by 3 consultant ophthalmologists and supported by 2 senior fellows and a trainee. The service has recently expanded with offsite virtual VR clinics and has a high throughput of VR surgical cases with plans to start operating in more off-site locations.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.           

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


To manage the VR theatre diary overseeing all of the emergency cases

To attend theatre and clinic sessions alongside the consultants

To provide a subspecialty opinion to other colleagues within the department

To actively participate in research


A driven individual looking to gain extensive experience in VR surgery


Appointment will be made under local contractual terms and conditions of service for Trust appointed (non-training fellow doctors and dentists).


Grades for Trust appointed (non-training) fellows will be paid a basic salary at a nodal pay point linked to the grade, at the rate set out in the National Medical and Dental pay circular. Basic salary detailed below plus any additional remuneration (as applicable) for hours set out in the doctors work schedule (e.g. additional hours, weekend allowance, and any hours which attract enhanced pay)

Basic Salary -  MT04        £50,017

Travelling expenses will not be paid for attending interview

Please note that GMC registration (with a licence to practice) and right to work in the UK are essential for this role.  Successful applicants will already have GMC registration or will be able to demonstrate they are eligible.  Applicants requiring Tier 2 sponsorship should ensure they meet the Home Office application criteria prior to submitting an application. 

Interviews will be held on Friday, 14 May 2021

Job Reference: MT0437 - This vacancy closes on or before:  18th April 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Applicant should already have CCST (or equivalent) or be in their 4th year of specialist training
Desirable criteria
  • Further qualifications, research, publications, higher degree


Essential criteria
  • Good knowledge of general ophthalmology
  • Experience in Vitreoretinal clinics
  • Ability to audit clinical results
  • Surgical experience in Vitreoretina
  • Able to perform cataract surgery unsupervised
  • Able to perform independent laser pascal
Desirable criteria
  • Teaching experience
  • Research interest/published papers

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Good communication skills, including patients, nursing / medical/administrative staff
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary directorate structure.
  • Teaching skills and ability to complete audit
  • Ability to cope in stressful environment

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

Applicant requirements

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

Bhaskar Gupta
Job title
Consultant Ophthalmologist
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02381 208854

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