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Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Salary period
25/04/2023 23:59

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Consultant - Opthalmology - Medical Retina


Job overview

Consultant in Ophthalmology – Medical Retina

An exciting opportunity has arisen for  a Consultant post in Ophthalmology in Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust.

The Trust is seeking to appoint a consultant in ophthalmology who will lead diabetic retinopathy service and work closely with the national diabetic retinopathy screening programme.  The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team of consultants who provide dedicated sub-speciality services in cornea, glaucoma, vitreo-retinal surgery, oculoplastics and orbital surgery, paediatric/strabismus, uveitis, and medical retina. The job plan will include weekly operating session and management of uveitis patients.  The appointee will participate in 1 in 8 on-call rota.

Main duties of the job

The medical staff includes nine consultants (including this post), six specialty grade doctors, two associate specialists, a specialty trainee, two glaucoma/oculoplastic fellows and one vitreo-retinal fellow.  The ophthalmic services are supported by a team of orthoptists, specialist nurses, ophthalmic technicians and optometrists.

The department is well equipped with four Cirrus OCTs, Heidelberg Spectralis OCT with HRA and Topcon Triton plus.  Both Heidelberg and Topcon machines are capable of performing OCT angiography as well as fluorescein and ICG angiographies.  The retinal unit has access to Argon Pascal laser and Aviso ultrasound machines.  All clinics are run on Medisoft electronic patient record (EPR). All the ophthalmic images are networked through Ophthalsuite Blueworks and can be accessed from Medisoft throughout the county.   The department has two operating theatres.  One with a modern ceiling mounted microscope, Constellation and Infiniti machines for anterior and posterior segment surgery in Truro.  The other with floor mounted microscope and Infiniti Phaco machine for day case surgery in Penzance, West Cornwall.

The ophthalmology department is located in a large dedicated facility on the hospital site in Truro.     There is a strong commitment to provide services in the community close to patients.  There are seven community centres and hospitals in Cornwall where the Trust provides ophthalmology outpatient facility. 



Working for our organisation

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is the biggest provider of healthcare services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Our three main sites are Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro, St Michael’s Hospital Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital Penzance, our staff and services are available across the region.  

The Trust employs 5,000+ staff, has a budget of £380 million and 750 beds  

We work with health and social care organisations including ¬NHS Kernow and NHS England ¬to ensure local healthcare needs are met. We provide acute medical, surgical and specialist services to around 500,000 ¬ which can increase significantly during busy holiday periods. 

The Trust has teaching hospitals status as part of the University of Exeter Medical School. Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we continually developing clinical services and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care offered locally. 

We can offer you a rewarding career in a supportive working environment. We have extensive educational links to help you realise your full potential and develop skills to provide outstanding healthcare to the local community. 

Enjoy an outstanding quality of life in a place that offers surfing beaches and fishing harbours to beautiful countryside and historic towns. With clean air, plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and excellent schools, colleges and universities (including adult education) it is the ideal place for families and for you to develop your own career 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

PLEASE NOTE: To view the full Job Description and Person Specification, please click the supporting document on the right hand side 

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  • Employment history and reference checks 
  • Work health assessments 
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Person specification


Essential criteria
  • GMC Registration with a licence to practice.
  • GMC Specialist Register or within six months of obtaining CCT (or equivalent) at time of interview.
  • MBChB or equivalent
  • FRCOphth or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Clinical Audit and Clinical Governance
  • Completion of training or fellowship in glaucoma and/or primary care

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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

Mr Ashish Patwardhan
Job title
Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology
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Telephone number
01872 253402
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