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Speciality: Ophthalmology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: EOS/468

The Tayside Ophthalmology Rotation is located in Ninewells Hospital but includes a 6 month attachment in Queen Margaret’s Hospital, Dunfermline. ST1 and ST2 levels include basic training in ophthalmology, acute ophthalmic problems and development of basic microsurgery as well as intraocular surgery. During ST3 to ST7 the trainees develop further skills in cataract surgery and general ophthalmology as well as exposure to subspecialties including vitreo-retinal, medical retina and uveitis, paediatrics, strabismus, oculoplastics, glaucoma and anterior segment. Tayside covers a wide geographical area and as such trainees would be expected to attend clinics in Perth, Montrose, Arbroath, and Brechin.

There are approved ASTOs/ TSCs in vitreo-retinal surgery (Drs Ellis and Cormack), paediatrics (Drs George and Sutherland), ocular motility (Drs George and MacEwen), Medical Retina/ Uveitis (Drs Johnstone and Vallance), and Glaucoma (Drs Cobb and Sanders). If an ASTO/ TSC is not covered within region then trainees have the opportunity to approve ASTOs outwith the region. Most trainees undertake a Fellowship in their chosen subspecialty before taking up a consultant post.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The East of Scotland Deanery involves Tayside, which is a beautiful area to live and work within. It has varied geography and offers diverse interests for individuals and families, from a thriving city life in Dundee to outdoor activities in Angus, Perthshire and North Fife. It has good road and rail networks to the other areas of Scotland. The quality of life in Tayside is excellent with easy access to beautiful countryside for sport and leisure as well as world-renowned facilities for golf.

Training within the Deanery is trainee focused with attention to individual trainee needs and aspirations. Ninewells is a University teaching hospital with opportunities to become involved in research.

Where is the training delivered?
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Stracathro Hospital, Angus, Arbroath Infirmary, Angus, Sunnyside Hospital, Montrose
Contacts and Useful Links
Deanery sponsoring programme East of Scotland
Postgraduate Dean Professor Clare McKenzie
Responsible Associate - GP Director Dr Russell Duncan
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Ophthalmologists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/ophthalmology.asp
Deanery Administrative Contacts Name: Carol Elliott, Training Programme Administrator
Address: Postgraduate Office, Level 8, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Tel: 01382 740512
Email: carol.elliott@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Name: Dr Paul Johnstone
Email: paul.johnstone@nhs.net
Address: Dr Paul Johnstone, Consultant, Department of Ophthalmology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD1 9SY
Quality of Training GMC Trainee Survey Information (2013)

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This page was last updated on: 21.06.2017 at 13.23.