I trained to be an ophthalmologist in Croatia, where I was born and raised. I worked there for 13 years and then decided to move to the UK, as there were more professional opportunities available to me. I initially moved to a post at North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, where I spent two years, and came to Derby when a post opened up.
There are many similarities between working in the UK and in Croatia. We have a public sector, similar to the NHS, and the work we carry out as ophthalmologists is the same. The workload is much higher there, as there are fewer specialists. Here, consultants are able to carry out a much wider range of procedures, and there is much more scope to develop in a particular area.
I do a lot of work in vitreoretinal surgery, for example. I work with diabetic patients, patients with macular problems, ocular damage and retinal detachment, mostly, as well as carrying out complicated cataract operations.
I’m very happy in Derby. The culture which exists here is quite unique, and it provides a great working environment. I feel very supported to progress in my career.