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Teaching and training

The James Paget University Hospital is a teaching hospital and is proud of its strong links with the University of East Anglia (UEA). A large number of students and trainees gain experience at the JPUH each year, and the Eye Department is a leader in this field.

Virtual-reality ophthalmic surgical simulator

Through a £100,000 investment the Eye Department now has a Virtual Reality Surgical Simulator (EyeSi) for cataract surgery - the latest technology enabling microsurgical training to take place in a virtual reality simulator, so trainees develop their skills in a safe environment. The JPUH is one of only 10 sites in the UK, and the only site in East Anglia, equipped with a simulator. To book a place for training call 01493 453673

Post graduate Training

All our consultants are trainers of junior doctors at all levels. Attached to the department are Ophthalmologists, GPs, optometrists and orthoptists in training. Through such training we are able to teach the next generation of eye care professionals, and also remain up to date with the latest developments through continued professional development of training team.

Regional training

Some of our trainee doctors are part of the regional East Anglia training rotation.

Article 14 – We are keen to support the development and training of our medical staff, to meet their training needs through flexible timetabling, and support their progress with regular appraisal and guidance.

Mr Tom Butler, Consultant Ophthalmologist, is a Surgical Skills Trainer at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London. He has set up and runs the Wet Lab and Surgical Simulator Facility in the postgraduate Education Centre at James Paget University Hospital. This regional resource is available for all regional trainees. To find out more or book a place for training, call 01493 453673. 

Undergraduate Training

The department provides teaching and clinical experience for undergraduate medical students at UEA, during their 4th year of Medical School. The teaching is delivered by all trainers in the department several times a year. In addition our consultants regularly visit UEA to deliver clinical seminars.  

Mr Avinash Prabhu is Module 7 UEA Lead for Ophthalmology at James Paget University Hospital.