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Associate specialist doctor in glaucoma

NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Doctor

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Opthalmology - Glaucoma
NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Doctor
Full time: 10 PA's per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£56,133 - £92,401 per annum
11/06/2020 23:59

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHSFT) wishes to appoint a full time Associate specialist with a specialist interest in glaucoma at Southampton General Hospital. The Southampton Eye Unit provides a comprehensive range of Ophthalmic subspecialties for the population of Hampshire.  The Consultants within the unit have the following subspecialties, Vitreo Retinal, Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Cornea, Oculoplastics, Neuro-ophthalmology and Paediatric/Strabismus. The department also runs a 24 hour Ophthalmic Emergency Service.  The Southampton Eye Unit is active in both clinical and laboratory research. This is supported by two Professors and two Associate Professors in Ophthalmology.

We are currently actively expanding our glaucoma service and are seeking an ophthalmologist with a specialist interest in glaucoma to join our team.


You will join a team of 24 consultant colleagues, 4 trust doctors, 11 fellows and 13 speciality trainees in a research intensive, state of the art ophthalmic unit. This includes HRA, electrodiagnostics, YAG and SLT laser, PASCAL and PDT laser, and dedicated medical retina injection suite. The glaucoma team manage the population of Southampton and South & West Hampshire and provide for their surgical care including filtering surgery, tubes & MIGS. The glaucoma service is developing the peripheral sites in west Hampshire to provide an efficient glaucoma review service and the post holder will be expected to develop and be part of this. This post could include cataract surgical sessions at peripheral sites as well as surgery within Southampton Eye unit for glaucoma procedures.

This is a 10 Programmed Activity post based at Southampton Eye Unit, Southampton General Hospital.

The timing and site of the sessions may be subject to alteration.

The full time post will total 10 programmed activities per week.


Clinical Duties

Glaucoma Clinics, laser treatment and surgery.

Continuing Professional Development

The post holder will be required to participate in medical audit and continuing medical education, as well as continuing professional development.

Postgraduate Teaching is held every week at Southampton Eye Unit, which Consultants attend.

Training and Research Duties

Undergraduate medical students from Southampton University Medical School are taught throughout the Trust and the post holder is required to participate in undergraduate clinical teaching. Additionally we have trainees from the Wessex School of ophthalmology and regular teaching sessions that the post holder is expected to participate in.

Management Duties

Southampton General Hospital has recently introduced a Divisional management structure.  These divisions each contain several Care Groups. All staff in each Care Group are managerially accountable to the Care Group Clinical Lead, who has overall responsibility for the services within the Care Group..

The post holder will be expected to help with the development of the glaucoma service. This will include supervision of the medical and AHP workforce in the department.

Administrative Duties

The post-holder will be required to:

  1. Undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of patients and the running of clinical departments.
  2. Travel as necessary between units.

The post holder will have use of a shared office and appropriate secretarial support.

Other Duties

From time to time it may be necessary for the post-holder to carry out such other duties as may be assigned, with agreement, by the Trust.   It is expected that the post-holder will not unreasonably withhold agreement to any proposed changes.

General Provisions

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust expects all medical and dental staff to work within the guidelines of the “General Medical Council Guide - Good Medical Practice” and the Code of Conduct for Private Practice.

Subject to the provisions of the Terms and Conditions of Service, the post-holder will be expected to observe the Trust's agreed policies and procedures, drawn up in consultation with the profession on clinical matters, and to follow the standing orders and financial instructions of the Trust. 

In particular, where the post-holder manages employees of the Trust, he/she will be expected to follow the local and national employment and personnel policies and procedures.  The post-holder will be expected to make sure that there are adequate arrangements for hospital staff involved in the care of his/her patients to be able to contact him/her when necessary.

All medical and dental staff employed by the Trust are expected to comply with its Health and Safety Policy and procedures.

The post-holder will be responsible for the training and supervision of junior medical staff that work with him/her and will devote time to this activity on a regular basis.  If appropriate, the post-holder will be named in the contracts of doctors in training grades as the person responsible for overseeing their training and as the initial source of advice to such doctors on their careers.

Work Programme

It is recognised that the work programme for any new member of the team taking up post will take time to settle into a regular pattern.  Therefore the work programme will be reviewed in discussion with your Clinical Service Director after 3 months. 


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.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


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. 

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. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Friday, 26 June 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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