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.

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 University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford (DME/College Tutor – Jonathan Norris)

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (Incorporating Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Wycombe General Hospital and Amersham Hospital) (DME/College Tutor – Martin Wasik)

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Reading (Incorporating the Prince Charles Eye Unit, Windsor) (DME/College Tutor – Muhammed Tahir)

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Milton Keynes (DME/College Tutor – Julian Robbins)

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. The lead for teaching is the Regional Advisor, Mr Gurjeet Jutley. Teaching also rotates between Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury and Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.

Study Leave

Please see the NHSE TV 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, Miss A Mead, 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.  The deadline for paperwork/portfolio completion is usually two weeks prior to the ARCP date.

For any further information please contact Miss Anna Mead the current Head of School and Training Programme Director via eyehosoxford@gmail.com



Ophthalmology curriculum

Royal College of Ophthalmologists