Senior Medical Retina Fellow

University Hospital Southampton

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Southampton Eye Unit

The Southampton Eye Unit is a purpose-built block within the University Hospital Southampton. The department undergone an exciting expansion.  The department consists of an inpatient ward and custom-built day-surgery unit and three fully equipped ophthalmic theatres in Southampton Eye unit and a dedicated eye theatre on the Lymington site. There is an additional dedicated administrative area including a refurbished junior doctors’ mess and seminar room, an ophthalmic casualty department and an independent outpatient facility which includes a dedicated injection suite and minor operating theatre. 


Within the outpatient area, there are 28 slit lamp examination cubicles including an additional ophthalmic paediatric/orthoptic facility. The department has a dedicated imaging suite including multiple Heidelberg Spectralis and OPTOS cameras. There are several defined treatment and investigation areas for ultrasound, Pascal and YAG/SLT laser, fluorescein angiography and visual field analysis as well as a dedicated outpatient day surgery theatre and intravitreal injections suite. We also run dedicated outpatient clinics and an injection service at Lymington and New Forest hospital.

Operating Theatres

There are 4 fully equipped recently refurbished dedicated ophthalmic theatres. We use the Medisoft electronic patient record enabling personal surgical audits. We also have a fully dedicated theatre at Lymington and New Forest hospital. Additional theatres for interdisciplinary procedures are available as required in the main hospital.

Eyes assessment suite

A dedicated suite has been developed to run virtual and outpatient clinics



This post is an excellent opportunity for a clinician to develop their research and clinical experience in ophthalmology. It is expected that the appointee will publish research papers during their fellowship. They will also be expected to actively participate in the delivery of our teaching programmes and also complete audit projects.


Ideally the candidate would hold MRCOphth or equivalent qualification and hold or be eligible for full GMC registration with a licence to practice. They should have a basic understanding of medical retinal conditions and interpretation of investigations, for example, OCT. Surgical experience is ideal but not an essential requirement.

Previous medical retina fellows have successfully presented and published papers during this fellowship and gone on to gain CCT through national training or via an article 14 route.


Appointment will be made under local contractual terms and conditions of service for Trust appointed (non-training fellow doctors and dentists).

Successful candidates will have an educational framework equivalent to training grade doctors, and there will be a named educational supervisor assigned at the start of the post. The opportunity for Continued Professional Development (CPD) is highly supported and encouraged by the Trust, with options available to take study leave. All licensed doctors must meet the GMC requirements for revalidation and there will be an annual appraisal to support this process.

Grades for Trust appointed (non-training) fellows will be paid a basic salary at a nodal pay point linked to the grade, at the rate set out in the National Medical and Dental pay circular. Basic salary detailed below plus any additional remuneration (as applicable) for hours set out in the doctors work schedule (e.g. additional hours, weekend allowance, and any hours which attract enhanced pay)

 Basic Salary –  MT04        £51,017       Basic Salary – MT05     £58,398     

Salary will be assessed based on experience and skills. Eligibility criteria for appointment to a Nodal Point 5;

  • Have a minimum of 6 years of Specialty training
  • Hold relevant higher specialty exam (e.g FRCP, FRCA, FRCS)
  • A portfolio of evidence that demonstrates they meet the criteria for progression (in line with the Curriculum for the speciality similar to deanery trainee)

Travelling expenses will not be paid for attending interview

Please note that GMC registration (with a licence to practice) and right to work in the UK are essential for this role.  Successful applicants will already have GMC registration or will be able to demonstrate they are eligible.  Applicants requiring Tier 2 sponsorship should ensure they meet the Home Office application criteria prior to submitting an application. 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 22nd February 2023

Job Reference: MT0898 – This vacancy closes on or before: Monday, 13th February 2023

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