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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

Ninewells Hospital
Perth Royal Infirmary
Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline
Stracathro/Montrose/Arbroath (Clinics)

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Clare McKenzie
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Russell Duncan
Specialty or Sub-specialty 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
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Claire Beharrie
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, 102 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DN
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Caroline Cobb
Address: Dr Caroline Cobb Consultant Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD1 9SY
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