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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, paediatrics, ocular motility, Medical Retina/ Uveitis, and Glaucoma. If an ASTO/ TSC is not covered within region then trainees have the opportunity to approve ASTOs outwith the region. Scotland is one region and the new curriculum with the level 4 requirements is being looked at.


Most trainees leave the program with over 800 cataract surgeries, we have our own eyesii simulator, stemi microscopes and equipment for dry lab suregry and the Cuschieri skills centre for wetlab experience

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The East of Scotland Deanery has close links with the univeristy of St Andrews. We currently have 1 SCREDS post who is involved in many different areas of research, looking at developing and evaluating low cost equipment for screening in low income countries and the effect of UV light on the eyes in the context of cleaning rooms.

The COVID pandemic has meant that the regular Friday afternoon teaching is online and we have joined up with NHS Highland for joint teaching sessions which cover a wide variety of topics but are a friendly environment to start presenting cases.

We have a relatively big medical student teaching commitment. Two consultants have post graduate degrees in teaching and teaching is a big part of our working life. There will be many opportunities to engage in teaching both within ophthalmology and within the medical school as a whole.

Tayside 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.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

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 Adam Hill
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: Fiona Fourie
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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