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Associate specialist in ophthalmology

NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Doctor

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NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Doctor
Part time: 10 sessions per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£56,133 to £92,401 per annum
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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.


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

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.


 Applicants should have substantial experience in glaucoma and be on the Specialist Register for ophthalmology or equivalent.

They should be able to evidence management of glaucoma in clinic and show knowledge and use of the evidence base for modern treatments. The candidate may be an independent cataract surgeon and have experience in glaucoma surgery though this is not a pre-requisite and candidates not keen on pursuing surgery in their timetable can be accommodated.


Candidates are encouraged to visit and should contact Mr Aby Jacob or Miss  Nishani Amerasinghe on 02381 208854 to arrange:

  1. attendance for interview
  2. Pre-interview visits for short-listed candidates only

                (Maximum of two visits).


Appointment will be made under local contractual terms and conditions of service for Trust appointed Associate Specialist Doctors and Dentists.

Salary scale from £56,133 to £92,401

Travelling expenses will not be paid for attending interview

Interviews will be held on Friday, 20 March 2020.

Job Reference: MT0220 - MEDICAL This vacancy closes on or before:  29/02/2020


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.


 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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