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Consultant ophthalmologist – medical retina

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
Ophthalmology– Medical Retina
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£82,096 - £110,683 pa
Salary period
13/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

Online applicants are invited to apply for our two Medical Retina substantive consultant posts, involving the opportunity to work at Southampton Eye Unit, University Hospital Southampton NHS foundation trust.

Southampton Eye Unit is the regional referral centre for complex medical retinal problems in Hampshire.

The unit is very well equiped for retinal imaging and electrophysiology with multiple retinal cameras (Optos, Heidelberg, Topcon).

You will join a vibrant medical retinal team including 8 medical retinal consultants, three specialist doctors, three retinal fellows and a clinical trial research team.  

Main duties of the job



Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.


For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 


We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities



To provide medical retina clinics (including AMD, diabetes, retinal vein occlusions and uveitis), intravitreal injections and cataract surgery. The holder may lead clinics at other UHS sites ensuring smooth operation and team working with the nursing, allied, and administration staff supporting these sites.



The ideal candidate will hold FRCOphth or equivalent qualification and hold full GMC registration with a licence to practice. They will have experience in treating medical retinal conditions and interpretation of investigations, for example, OCT and fluorescein angiography. Experience in providing intravitreal injections and a diabetic laser is desirable.


Individuals wishing to apply must be fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and should be either already on or within 6 months of eligibility to be included on the specialist register of the GMC.

The successful candidate will be employed under the terms and conditions of service for Consultants (England) 2003. 

Salary £82,096 - £110,683

Interviews will be held on TBC

Job Reference: 188-MT0499 - This vacancy closes on or before:  13/10/21

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC registration. FRCOphth or equivalent CCT or within 3 months of completion of CCT.
Desirable criteria
  • MD or PhD


Essential criteria
  • Medical Retina Fellowship Able to perform independent Pascal Laser, Intravitreal Injections and cataract surgery Experience of teaching and audit Publications in ophthalmology
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical trials experience Publication in high impact journals Able to perform high volume cataract surgery


Essential criteria
  • Competence in spoken and written English. Clear verbal communication. Teaching skills Ability to complete Audit

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Drive/have means of own transport. Have police check. Ability to be flexible

Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values  Patients First  Always Improving  Working Together
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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

Andrew Lotery
Job title
Consultant Ophthalmologist
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