Welcome to the Oxford Deanery  School of Ophthalmology. As a small school with 24 specialist trainees on the rotation it is able to provide excellent training in all aspects of Ophthalmology.

There is a wealth of clinical experience to be gained with plenty of hands on experience at an appropriate level of supervision. All of the sub-specialty areas of ophthalmology are covered allowing advanced trainees to specialise further undertaking TSCs or ASTOs.

Many of the consultant trainers are involved at a national level in training, research and development of their sub-specialty area making the training rotation a particularly enthusiastic one.

The academic department of ophthalmology in Oxford has an excellent reputation and plays an important part in the clinical school. A clinical lecturer post has been established to support liaison between the clinical and academic departments.

Opportunities exist for some trainees to take time out to undertake research leading to a MD or PhD. Involvement in research and audit is very much encouraged during clinical training.

The following hospitals are involved in the training rotation.

Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford

Buckinghamshire Hospitals Trust

(Incorporating Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Wycombe General Hospital and Amersham Hospital)

Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

(Incorporating the Prince Charles Eye Unit, Windsor)

Milton Keynes General Hospital, Milton Keynes

Trainees are expected to rotate through most of the Hospitals during their training period although the programme director will be as helpful as possible if special circumstances arise. All trainees are involved in providing a supervised casualty service.  

Although trainees are usually appointed at ST1 level following two years foundation training, training opportunities occasionally arise for more senior trainees. The rotation is happy to support interdeanery transfers but the size of the rotation means that opportunities to transfer in are not always available.

All trainees undergo regular appraisal with the College Tutor or their Educational Supervisor who will keep a close watch on progress and help ensure that the requirements for the national curriculum in the specialty are fulfilled.

A formal educational contract for each sector of the rotation is agreed at the initial appraisal.  A formal training assessment is held yearly. Before starting microsurgical training trainees will undertake a microsurgical course at the Royal College of Ophthalmology in London.

Please do get in touch if you wish to hear more about the rotation (pgmde.recruitment@oxford-pgmde.co.uk). 


Welcome to the 4 new ST1 doctors; Imran, Jenny, Guy and Connie.

Presentations can be uploaded to the site for subsequent review. Please let me know if you have any presentations that may be of interest to other trainees.

Cataract simulator always available at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Please arrange an initial session through Janet Sear on 01296315034. A working phaco machine can also be set up and used as well as  the computer simulator.

The GMC are visiting the LETB in October and November and the ophthalmology unit at Buckinghamshire Healthcare will be inspected. This is part of a routine visit. Trainees and Trainers at the unit will be interviewed. Anna Mead will provide more details. Please do your best to attend these important interviews.

Don't forget that you need to have a good grasp of management and leadership as a future consultant. See if you can get involved or shadow a consultant attending meetings with management or commisioning groups - learn what happens. Please look at the Oxford Deanery (now Health Education Thames Valley (HETV)) website to see what local  management courses are available they are there - get involved.


Those considering fellowships abroad should look at the College Website for scholarship opportunities and travel grants. Additionally confirm with the GMC the best way to maintain your licence to practice when abroad.

Additional web sites added, see under links

Induction Information Added for all trusts please use this and let me know if there are any corrections bruce.james@buckshealthcare.nhs.uk