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Clinical Fellow Ophthalmology - Medical Retina

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£51,017 to £58,398 a year Depending on experience
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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There are so many reasons to join our team at Sunderland Eye Infirmary.Aside from our fantastic staff, we have lots of exciting things going on.Our plans for ourEye Hospital in Sunderland are taking shape and will be our new home, with work due to start later this year. The new hospital means Sunderland will remain home to the regions only dedicated standalone eye hospital. It will strengthen our excellent reputation across the NHS, both regionally and nationally as a centre of excellence for ophthalmology care.

We also never stay still when it comes to discovering new and better treatments. As one of the few specialist eye hospitals in the country, research and using developing technology is a key part of our work. We encourage innovation and research in everything we do. There is always something to get involved in.If you share our vision for'excellence in all that we do', wed love you to join us!

We are seeking to appoint a Clinical Fellow specialising in Medical Retina. The Medical retina department consists 6 wte consultants including VR and Medical Retina. The hospital is fully equipped with modern imaging cameras and also has the ability to perform Electro Diagnostic testing in house with referral to the regional lab if needed. There is a newly acquired B-Scan Ultrasound machine with specialist ultrasound clinics running once a week. The department also has a pattern Argon laser machine and is currently acquiring Heyex 2.

Main duties of the job

This Fellowship position is for twelve months. The post holder will support the clinical and research needs of the department and is suitable for someone looking to gain sub-specialty experience in Medical Retina. The post holder will be required to have Ophthalmology skills including slit lamp examination, fundus examination, OCT interpretation and retinal laser. The post holder will have the opportunity to work in specialist AMD, Diabetic, Uveitis and Retinal Genetics clinics alongside Retinal consultants. They will also have the opportunity to discuss cases during Retinal Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings which happen once week. There are ample teaching sessions, specialist MR teaching sessions happen once a week along with the opportunity to present in regional North East Retina Group (NERG) meetings happening twice a year. Sunderland Eye infirmary is fully equipped with a twin main theatre suite and there will be opportunity to accommodate surgical training based on the professional needs of the successful candidate.

You will have current GMC registration and a minimum of two years experience in Ophthalmology in the UK. Completed MRCOphth or equivalent, full general Ophthalmology experiences are essential. Applicants should have evidence of ongoing professional development with good interpersonal and communication skills.

Contact details for job related candidate queries

Name: Mr Ajay Kotagiri

Phone: 01915699954


About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a specialist (fixed term for 12 months) Ophthalmic Clinical fellow post at Sunderland Eye Infirmary.

The post holder is expected to be at the ST3 & above level or with similar levels of experience. The post is also suitable for Ophthalmology trainees who finished their training and looking for subspecialty training in Medical Retina. The department already has a recognised TSC training post in Medical Retina.

There is planned on-call commitment of 1: 7 in the Registrar rota with appropriate remuneration.

The post holder is expected to be flexible in terms of time commitment as clinics may run over from time to time.


Person Specification



  • Current GMC Registration
  • Part 1 FRCOphth or equivalent
  • Willing to undertake Good medical practice in research training prior to the post commencing


  • Good medical practice in research training
  • Consent training
  • FRCOphth or equivalent



  • Two years experience in Ophthalmology in the UK including proficiency in slit lamp biomicroscopy
  • Log book
  • Evidence of current professional development


  • Experience of Training & Teaching Surgical trainees
  • Evidence of flexible independent laser experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients and staff
  • Ability to develop and progress a research project and audit
  • Presentation skills
  • IT Skills
  • Good communication skills


  • Evidence of audit

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to work in a team
  • Enquiring critical approach to work
  • Commitment to CME

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Eye Infirmary

Queen Alexandra Road



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