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Welcome to the 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.

Further information can be found on the School of Ophthalmology website.

The following hospitals are involved in the training rotation:

Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford (DME/College Tutor - Jonathan Norris)

Buckinghamshire Hospitals Trust (Incorporating Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Wycombe General Hospital and Amersham Hospital) [DME/College Tutor - Anna Mead]

Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading (Incorporating the Prince Charles Eye Unit, Windsor) [DME/College Tutor - Molham Entabi]

Milton Keynes General Hospital, Milton Keynes (DME/College Tutor - Areeb Moosavi)

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.  


Regional teaching sessions take place on Monday afternoons 2pm-5pm in Seminar room 2, Level 6, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.  Most sessions can be viewed via video-link at other training locations.

Every 4th Monday of the month, teaching takes place at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury.

Study Leave

Please see the HEETV Study Leave guidance.  In addition, no course costing over £700 can be approved by Educational Supervisors, but must be sent to the Head of School, Mr CK Patel, for consideration.  There is no expectation that a trainee should need to go overseas for courses essential to curriculum attainment.


Annual ARCPs are generally held 2nd or 3rd Monday in June in Oxford.  The deadline for paperwork/portfolio completion is usually two weeks prior to the ARCP date.



Ophthalmology curriculum

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

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