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Consultant Ophthalmologist special interest in Paediatrics

Job Description

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services and community health services across Wiltshire. We have approximately 5,200 staff who pride themselves in delivering an outstanding service to patients and users.

Substantive Paediatric Ophthalmology Consultant Job advert

Consultant in Ophthalmology with special interest in Paediatric Ophthalmology

We have a fantastic opportunity at The Great Western Hospitals (GWH) NHS Foundation Trust for Consultant Ophthalmologist with special interest in Paediatrics. This post has become available through impending the retirement of the current post-holder.

At GWH, we are focused on providing the best possible, personalized care to the people of Swindon, Wiltshire and within close proximity to our borders as well as to the wider community. We believe in treating patients as quickly as possible, helping them to get better faster by offering a range of; outpatient clinics, day case, and in-patient surgery across the whole Ophthalmology arena.

This post is full time (10PA’s) and the candidate is expected to participate in Consultant on-call rota. This post involves working with other Consultant Ophthalmologist colleagues to support the busy Paediatric services including Newborn screening for retinopathy of Prematurity and, strabismus assessment and surgery. There is also regular commitment for theatre lists. For further details please see the attached job description.

The Paediatric Ophthalmology team generally works on site at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon but we also have close links with surrounding hospitals, in particular with the Bristol Eye Hospital.

GMC Registration with a license to practice is essential. It is desirable for applicants to be on the Specialist Register, have CCT (or equivalent) or be within six months of obtaining it by the interview date.

The Great Western Hospital was purpose built 14 years ago with a modern design of clinical space and is located next to the A419 and M4 providing quick commuting links to London, Reading, Bristol, Cheltenham and Gloucestershire. It is in the midst of beautiful countryside sitting at the foot of the Marlborough Downs and just south of the Cotswolds.

To apply please complete the online application form and upload your CV. For further information and to arrange an informal visit please contact Mr. Angus Waddell, Clinical Lead Ophthalmology on  ( Phone number removed )  (secretary) or Miss Priscilla Burgess, Consultant Ophthalmologist via her secretary Gillian Hancock (( Email address removed )) on  ( Phone number removed ) 

Please note this vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, so please apply as soon as possible if interested. We will endeavour to contact all applicants within four weeks, but if you do not hear from us, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful this time.

All new starters with the Trust will be subject to a six month probationary period. The probationary period works alongside the induction process to help create a positive and supportive working environment that allows new staff to learn the key elements of the role within a reasonable and realistic timescale.

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

All candidates that are offered a position after the 1st July 2016 will be required to pay for their own DBS checks if one is required for the post they are offered. For standard DBS checks the cost is £26 and will recovered from the first months pay; for enhanced DBS checks the cost is £44 and will be split over the first 2 months pay. (£22 each month)

If you are offered a bank post that requires a DBS you will need to pay for this prior to commencing.

GWH NHS Foundation Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The organization is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance. 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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