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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/12/2019.

Specialty Doctor in Ophthalmology

Job Reference: 249-MED9990251

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon is proud to have a team of highly skilled, kind and compassionate staff that deliver high quality care for our patients. The Trust provides acute services from the Great Western Hospital and community healthcare services across Swindon. We are an ambitious and progressive Foundation Trust, committed to continuing our quality journey so that we can exceed our patient’s expectations.

We have recently been successful in our bid for £30 million of national funding to develop an Integrated Front Door, expand our Emergency Department, purchase land for potential expansion and to help us develop new models of care, such as an intensive rehabilitation offer. And we have many more ambitious plans. This is a great and exciting milestone which will help us to maintain quality and safety for people in Swindon and the surrounding areas over the coming years.


Fixed term Specialty Doctor in Ophthalmology

This is a four month fixed term post available from February 2020

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is continuing to invest in the expansion of our Department of Ophthalmology.

Applications are invited for the post of fixed term Specialty Doctor in Ophthalmology. This is a6 monthterm however after this period the post will be assessed with a view to extending or substantiate.

The Department of Ophthalmology serves a population of 400,000 and offers a comprehensive range of routine and specialist ophthalmic services and treatments. Sub specialty services include Paediatrics and Strabismus, Medical Retina, Surgical Retina, Cornea and anterior segment, Oculo-plastics and Glaucoma. The clinical team comprises of 8 Consultant Surgeons, 4 Specialty Doctors and 2 trainees.

Housed in a purpose built eye clinic within a PFI build hospital, the department has invested in technology with replacement and additional equipment recently.

Applicants must have at least 3 years’ experience related to this specialty. FRCO phth or equivalent is desirable but not essential.

The post is a full-time appointment, consisting of 10 PAs consisting of casualty clinics, sub-specialty clinics, Laser and Phaco surgery. The post would be expected to take part in the on-call rota for the department based on a 1:6 Frequency.

The hospital is excellently placed geographically, being near junction 15 on the M4, 65 miles from London and 35 miles from Bristol. It is in the midst of beautiful countryside sitting at the foot of the Marlborough Downs and just south of the Cotswold.

For further information and to arrange an informal visit, please contact Mr Imran Zaheer, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Lead on 01793-604859 (secretary – Sarah Robb).

The successful candidate will be employed under the national Terms & Conditions for Specialty Doctors.

Closing date for applications: 30th December 2019

Please note that the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust does not pay travel expenses for interviews.

The salary stated is the full time equivalent; part time candidates will receive a pro rata salary.

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Working in healthcare is rewarding and we will work with you to maximize your potential. All we ask in return is that you live by our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect.

  • We invest in your training and development to pursue a successful and fulfilling career in healthcare.
  • As an NHS employer we offer one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered in the UK.
  • Permanent staff receive at least 27 days' holiday each year, a generous pension, plus other benefits including flexible working options and exclusive discounts.
  • Bank workers receive one extra hours pay for every 12 hours worked in place of annual leave entitlement, plus other benefits including pension.
  • We offer an onsite Nursery

Application information:

The vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications are received.

All new starters with the Trust will be subject to a six month probationary period, with the exception of medical and dental candidates.

Current employees should be aware that this position is advertised as a GWH position and appointment ends any TUPE protection.

All candidates are required to pay for their own DBS check where applicable. Standard DBS check costs £26 and will be recovered from your first pay; Enhanced DBS check costs £44 and will be split and recovered over the first 2 pay.

Bank posts requiring a DBS check; payment must be made prior to commencing.

Apprentices are exempt from payment.

GWH NHS Foundation Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to safer recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team.

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