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Consultant Ophthalmologist

Job Description

The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of around 230,000 people in the Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Waveney areas. The Trust provides an integrated hospital and community children’s service.
Patent and staff experience is important to us and these are the behaviours we live by:
Putting patients first
Aiming to get it right
Recognising that everybody counts
Doing everything openly and honestly

Consultant Ophthalmologist with an interest in Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus

This is a replacement post for a consultant to join a dynamic, friendly, cohesive team of eight consultants at the James Paget University Hospital in the center of the Norfolk Broads, with one day a week spent at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital in the neighbouring historic cathedral city of Norwich.

The unit is located less than a mile from long sandy beaches, and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Norfolk Broads. The city of Norwich is only 30 minutes away, and is regularly voted one of the top 5 shopping destinations in the UK. There is a wide choice of good local schools and very attractive house prices.

The successful candidate will have an excellent opportunity to develop a sub-regional paediatric ophthalmology network, across two well-respected teaching hospitals to provide services for the population of Norfolk and north Suffolk.

The James Paget University Hospital has an exceptionally well equipped, modern eye unit. The department offers subspecialty expertise in Glaucoma, Diabetic Eye Disease, Vitreo-Retinal Surgery, Medical Retina (including AMD service), Oculoplastic, Cornea & External Eye Disease, Ocular Motility & Paediatric Ophthalmology, and cataract surgery. There is an active research department within the unit, in collaboration with the University of East Anglia; and there is scope for the successful applicant to develop a research interest.

The unit has a strong regional reputation for postgraduate training, with the only regional cataract surgical simulator, and regular 6-monthly regional surgical skills courses run in the modern purpose-built on-site education & training centre, with full ophthalmic wet lab facilities.

Single accommodation is available, married subject to availability.

The JPUH have been given an overall rating of “Good,” following the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection which took place in August 2015. This places us in the top 30% of acute trusts in the country.

The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recognises the requirement to promote health and reduce ill-health. The Trust is committed to the principles of improving working lives through a number of initiatives such as job share, flexible working and the development of a culture of openness and transparency. The Trust is committed to ensuring that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of their gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity, and religion or belief.

Tier 2 Sponsorship – (not applicable for Apprenticeships): We are pleased to consider applicants who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK but it is unlikely that we would be able to appoint if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available.

It is important that your application meets the minimum requirements of the person specification, as the Trust will shortlist against these details. Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification before making your application to ensure that your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum requirements.

Please check your account regularly under “My Applications” to view the progress of your applications. Applications which are successful will be invited to interview using the email address provided within your application. Please check your email account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks, please assume your application has been unsuccessful or alternatively contact  ( Phone number removed )  who will be able to advise you. Please note that feedback on application may not always be possible, however, if you are interviewed and unsuccessful feedback will be given by the Recruiting Manager.

Please note that should we experience a high level of interest in this post, the vacancy may be closed prior to the stated closing date.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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