Consultant Ophthalmologist with a special interest in medical retina.

Taunton, Somerset
£76,761 to £103,490
04 Apr 2018
24 Apr 2018
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a full time, substantive consultant post specialising in medical retina.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic retinal team of 3 other consultants.

Applicants will have completed CCT or equivalent (CESR) and must be on the Specialist Register.

It is envisaged that the new appointee will lead on diabetic retinopathy screening, and apply to take over as Clinical Director of the Somerset Diabetic Eye Screening Program (SDESP). SDESP is the responsibility of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 1.5 PAs is allocated for directorship and day to day referral outcome grading (ROG) and digital surveillance (DS) grading.

The post-holder will join a vibrant consultant team which has recently expanded with the successful recruitment of 5 new high-calibre colleagues over the last 2 years. There are currently 10 consultants, 3 associate specialists, 5 specialty registrars and a nurse consultant.

Consistent with national trends in the specialty, the department is re-configuring to meet future demand. Intravitreal injections are provided by our team of nurse practitioners, Virtual clinics are being expanded to include selected new referrals, macular treatment patients and suitable medical retina follow ups. We have recently acquired wide-field imaging and OCT-A, and are upgrading the OCT provision. The department has a 570nm, pattern and micro-pulse laser system.

The successful applicant will be expected to help provide and develop the medical retinal service with the existing consultants. A general ophthalmology commitment is anticipated. Previous experience of one year in an appropriate fellowship training position is expected. The appointee will be encouraged to take a full part in postgraduate education, and help to develop innovative ways of delivering healthcare.

Taunton and Somerset NHS trust is one of only 12 Global Digital Exemplars in the country, and within the eye department we are implementing the Medisight EPR as part of the project. The trust recently received a ‘Good’ rating from the CQC.

Taunton is in the beautiful county of Somerset, with plenty of opportunity for outdoor pursuits in the Quantocks and Exmoor; with a great choice of private and state schools; and easy access to Devon and Cornwall. London is only 1hr 45mins by train.

For further information please contact Mr Edward Herbert- Service Lead for Ophthalmology -

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Closing Date: 24/04/2018