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Specialty Doctor in Ophthalmology

Job Description

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'Be part of the team that delivers 'Excellent patient care in world class hospitals'

The Trust has 5 Values as defined by the Star Chart. Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with these Values, which can be found by clicking on the 'Trust Objectives 2015-16' document via the link on the right of the screen.

Our latest achievements include:

  • St Helens Hospital rated outstanding (CQC 2016)
  • Whiston Hospital rated good with outstanding features (CQC 2016)
  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)
  • Best in the NHS in the Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE 2014 and 2015)
  • Cancer services rated 4th best in the country by Macmillan Cancer Support 2014
  • Ranked one of the highest in the country for extremely positive feedback received from patients (Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked highest in Cheshire and Merseyside for staff recommending the hospitals for the care of their friends and relatives (Staff Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked in the top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal 2014 and 2015)
  • Top in the North West and 7th nationally for staff recommending the Trust as a place to work (Staff Friends and Family Test, NHS England 2014)

Specialty Doctor in Ophthalmology

Permanent Post



We are delighted to offer a suitably qualified Speciality Doctor the opportunity to work in a substantive position in an exciting, modern and forward looking organisation. The post is full-time, 10 PA’s per week with associated on-call commitments on a 1 in 5 basis. The post holder is expected to contribute to the Ophthalmology out-patient and surgical activities. Four years’ experience at post graduate level including at least 2 years in ophthalmology is necessary with the ability to practice independently. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

The successful candidates will be encouraged to develop his/her own area of interest within ophthalmology for which enhanced training can be provided.

The Eye Department, which is staffed by 7 Consultants and 5 Middle Grade Staff, is based in the new state of the art St Helens Hospital, and offers up-to-date modern state of the art ophthalmic equipment.

The Trust is committed to the delivery of high quality patient care and the Clinicians are actively involved in the management of the hospital and it's facilitates which creates a sound and friendly working environment.

There are excellent residential areas within easy reach of the Trust; excellent educational, cultural and sporting institutions are also located nearby.

The posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check with both children’s and adults’ barred lists.

Closing date: 30/10/2016
Shortlisting Date 01/11/2016
Interview date: TBC

For further details / informal visits contact:
Mr Imran Akram , Clinical Director - Ophthalmology, St Helens Hospital
Telephone No  ( Phone number removed ) 


Mr Andrew O’Brien, Directorate Manager - Ophthalmology, St Helens Hospital
Telephone No  ( Phone number removed ) 

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to undertake this commitment.

The Trust is a non-smoking site. Failure to follow this rule could lead to disciplinary action.

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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.

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