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Specialty Director - Ophthalmology


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Fixed term: 3 years
Part time - 2 sessions per week
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£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
22/08/2022 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

The Specialty Director role exists to lead on the cross-county strategic development and operational delivery of the specialty service or cluster of services as specified above. The post holder is responsible for leading the delivery of clinical services for Ophthalmology at the highest possible standards and within the Trust’s financial, workforce, operational targets and strategic objectives.

Main duties of the job

Leading the specialities with the Modern Matron and General Manager to deliver income targets within devolved budget/s for the service lines within his/her remit including working with the General Manager on CIP plans. This does not involve direct line management.

Working for our organisation

The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county, and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK.  There are a wide range of benefits for working for the Trust including supporting further professional development including MBA, Masters qualification.


As a Trust we are fully supportive of the NHS Model Employer ethos; committed to ensuring that Ethnic Minority representation, at senior management level and beyond matches that across the NHS workforce. Applications are irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances and have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process; including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder is responsible for:

Leading the speciality with the Modern Matron and the General Manager to deliver the strategic vision for Ophthalmology. This does not involve direct line management.

Line managing the medical staff within the service line/specialty cluster. (Job Planning, Performance Management). It is expected that job planning will be done in discussion with the General Manager. Specifics to be agreed with the Chief of Service.            

Responsibilities will also include:

  • Strategic development of services for Ophthalmology working with partners across the Health and Social Care System
  • Managing external reviews and Regulators
  • Contribute to the achievement of the Trusts Operational and Strategic Aims
  • Clinical Governance
  • Audit / Quality Improvement/ Clinical Safety

Contact for more details:

Mags Coyle

Chief of Service – Surgery

Email Address:


Judith Pennycooke

Divisional Lead Coordinator / PA to Mags Coyle

0300 422 5177

Email address:


Cathryn Biston

General Manager – Ophthalmology


Priscilla Adeva

Matron for Head and Neck and Ophthalmology

Person specification

Qualifications/Clinical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Clinician of at least 12 months demonstrating successful clinical practice and good reputation

Special Knowledge/Abilities and/or Experience

Essential criteria
  • Leadership/Management
  • Evidence of leadership and/or people management (inc persuasion/negotiation and conflict management)
  • Service Improvement – (must include improved quality/safety)
Desirable criteria
  • Leadership/management programme
  • Financial and budgetary awareness
  • Broader picture/agenda

Personal Skills/Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Personal enthusiasm & integrity
  • Resilience
  • Visibility and accessibility
  • Trustworthiness & honesty
  • Intellectual agility & flexibility
  • Sound judgement
  • Openness to innovation
  • “Corporate Role Model”

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Judith Pennycooke
Job title
Divisional Lead Coordinator
Email address
Telephone number
0300 422 5177