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College Roles

The College is a membership organisation and relies on member participation. A survey undertaken in February 2010 revealed that 44% of Consultant members are involved in College activities. Below are the roles we actively recruit for and which help to shape the work of the College and the ophthalmic sector.

Advisory Appointments Committees
Regional Representatives
CPD Co-ordinators
Examiners
Regional Education Advisers
College Tutors

Current vacancies

Role Summary Closing date for application
Chair of Examinations Committee Applications are now invited from all paid up UK Fellows, Members and Diplomates for the post of Chair of the Examinations Committee. This is an important opportunity to support the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in the work undertaken by the Examinations Committee.

The Examinations Committee oversees the College Panel of Examiners who carry the responsibility for maintaining the high standards expected of candidates wishing to become Diplomates, Members or Fellows of the College as well as acting as examiners to the future generation of ophthalmologists going through their FRCOphth exams.  The role of Chair of the Examinations Committee requires an energetic and enthusiastic individual to lead this process through these challenging times.

This is a four year honorary appointment to this senior College position.

The Chair of the Committee is recruited by interview through a fair and open process as stated in the Bye Laws. Selection is made by an agreed appointment panel.

The Examinations Committee reports to the Council of the College and has a number of important functions in relation to examinations which include –

  • Reporting on issues related to examinations
  • Working with Educational Advisers and Senior Examiners to ensure the College continues to meet the General Medical Council’s Standards for Curricula and Assessment Systems.
  • Implementing changes which improve the reliability and validity of all examinations and assessments as necessary
  • Maintaining and updating all examination and assessment information for examiners, assessors and candidates
  • Contribution to curriculum development
  • Representing the College on examinations issues at national meetings held by bodies e.g.: The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (The Academy), The General Medical Council (GMC), and any other appropriate national body.

Each applicant needs to complete the application form.  Applications to be submitted to jo.longden@rcophth.ac.uk

Further details on the position are available here (covering letter, application form, job description and terms of reference)

If you wish to discuss the role prior to application, you are welcome to contact the current Chair, Bob Taylor at rtaylor.yorkeyes@icloud.com, or the Head of the Examinations Department, Dylan Costello at dylan.costello@rcophth.ac.uk

12:00, Friday 8 November 2019

Interviews will be held on Friday 10 January 2020, from 10:30 am

Chair of Training Committee Applications are now invited from all paid up UK Fellows, Members and Diplomates for the post of Chair of the Training Committee. This is an important opportunity to support the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in the work undertaken by the Training Committee.

The Training Committee has a dynamic membership who represent both the College and the Local Education and Training Boards & Deaneries to enhance education and training of the future generation of ophthalmologists.  It requires an energetic and enthusiastic individual to lead this process through these challenging times.

This is a four year honorary appointment to this senior College position.

The Chair of the Committee is recruited by interview through a fair and open process as stated in the Bye Laws. Selection is made by an agreed appointment panel.

The Training Committee reports to the Council of the College and has a number of important functions in relation to training which include

  • supervising the implementation of the curriculum for all ophthalmology trainees,
  • supervising the implementation of the curriculum for all ophthalmology trainees,
  • assessing individual trainee’s record of training and making formal recommendation to the General Medical Council (GMC) about the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT),
  • assessing applications for a Certificate of Eligibility of Specialist Registration (CESR) for the GMC
  • recommending Trainee Selected Components (TSC), ASTO, fellowship and research posts for training to the GMC
  • co-ordinating and evaluating national recruitment in ophthalmology in partnership with the Lead Deanery for recruitment
  • providing external assessors and their reports to annual ARCPs and reports to the deanery

Each applicant needs to complete the application form.  Applications to be submitted to jo.longden@rcophth.ac.uk

Further details on the position are available here (covering letter, application form, job description and terms of reference for the committee)

If you wish to discuss the role prior to application, you are welcome to contact the current Chair, Fiona Spencer at Fiona.Spencer@mft.nhs.uk, or the Head of the Education and Training Department, Alex Tytko at alex.tytko@rcophth.ac.uk.

12:00, Friday 8 November 2019

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 15 January 2019, PM

 

Lay Advisory Group Members – Informatics and Audit Subcommittee The Informatics and Audit Subcommittee is seeking a lay advisor who ideally has an interest in new computer or data related technologies, both broadly and in healthcare.  A background of working in an IT or data related area would be desirable.

The lay person would also sit on the RCOphth Lay Advisory Group (LAG) which contributes to the safety and efficiency of eye care in the UK and encourages the RCOphth to remain focused on the needs of the patient.

The Informatics and Audit Subcommittee meets twice a year

The Lay Advisory Group meets 3 times a year

This is a voluntary role and the College will reimburse for all travel costs.

If you are interested in becoming a Lay member then please complete the application form and return to Jo Longden: jo.longden@rcophth.ac.uk.

17:00, Tuesday 22 October 2019

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 30 October, am.

Chair for Cataract Surgery in Children Clinical Guideline Development Group The College is seeking a new Chair for the RCOphth Cataract Surgery in Children Clinical Guideline Development Group.

The Chair will work in collaboration with the guideline staff of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and members of the guideline development group (GDG) over a period of approximately 12-18 months to produce a clinical guideline on the management of cataract surgery in children on behalf of the RCOphth.

The Chair may be a specialist, but this is not essential because specialist knowledge can be provided by other members. They should, however, be sensitive to pre-existing inter-professional tensions and hierarchies and ensure that all members of the group feel able to contribute fully to the guideline development process. The Chair must be prepared to overcome potentially serious difficulties by careful negotiation. The Chair must ensure that the GDG work is accordance with the guidance development process outlined in the RCOphth Guidance Manual.

This description should be considered in conjunction with the RCOphth Clinical Guidance Manual and the current conflicts of interest policy.

The job description can be found here.

The application form can be found here.

To apply email your completed application form to barny.foot@rcophth.ac.uk

17:00, Monday 21 October 2019
Regional Education Advisers Regional Education Advisers (REA) are appointed by Council to represent the College in education and training within their LETB/Deanery regions. They will work closely with Postgraduate Deans, Training Programme Directors, College Tutors and The School of Ophthalmology to promote high standards of training, delivery of curriculum and excellence in education for consultants and career-grade posts. They are responsible for the development of College Tutors and other Trainers in their region. They also have a specific role in advising and assessing those in alternative training pathways and applying for CESR.

One REA is appointed for each of the regions. The initial term of office is three years and REAs are eligible for re-appointment for a further three-year term.

We currently have vacancies for the following regions:

  1. Northern
  2. North Western
  3. NW Thames
  4. Scotland East (Dundee)
  5. South West (Severn)

If there is a vacancy you are interested in applying for, please call Gareth Brennan on 020 3770 5341 or email education@rcophth.ac.uk

Download the REA job description and person specification, and the REA application form.

Applications accepted throughout the year
CESR Assessors We are recruiting more consultants to assess applicants who wish to have their name entered on to the Specialist Register through the equivalence route.

This involves reviewing applications from doctors both from the UK and abroad to determine whether their training and subsequent experience is equivalent to that of a recently successful CCT candidate. The RCOphth panel then make a recommendation to the GMC regarding the suitability of an applicant being placed on the Specialist Register.

This important role has a number of benefits for the assessors and also for the profession.

You may read the full advert here. For any questions please contact Daniah Ahmed, Education and Training Co-ordinator

Read the Job description and person specification, guidance document and complete the application form, attaching an abridged CV to equiavalence@rcophth.ac.uk

Successful applicants will be expected to attend a training day. Dates for 2019 are currently TBC.

Applications accepted throughout the year
Surgical Skills Faculty The College is seeking Fellows, Members or Affiliate Members to join the Surgical Skills Faculty.

Applicants must either hold a UK substantive consultant post, be a SAS Doctor or be an ophthalmic trainee at ST6 or ST7 level.

Faculty Members who are appointed for the advanced courses shall, in addition, indicate their areas of subspecialty interest and expertise. Members may be invited to help and advise with regard to writing course material and designing course programmes.

You may download the Consultant and SAS application form, or the Trainee application form.

These must be returned to skills.centre@rcophth.ac.uk.

Applications accepted throughout the year
SAS Committee Members I am a member of this committee for a few years now and I am happy to say that it has been an amazing experience. Upon reflection I would say most  important point would be the experience of involvement with college!

Since I joined this committee I got insight into how decisions are made in various committees and how to arrange seminars like SAS national eye day and SAS forum during college congress. I think it will be a great experience!” (Dipen Boghani, South West Thames)

The College Staff and Associate Specialist committee is seeking members of the College who work in the SAS grade to represent SAS doctors. Committee members may also be asked to represent the SAS doctors on the RCOphth’s other committees. For full responsibilities of the role please refer to the group’s Terms of Reference.

If you are able to commit your time and energy to promoting the role of SAS doctors in ophthalmology we are looking for new group members. To apply please fill in an application form and return it to sas@rcophth.ac.uk.

If you would like to have a chat about the role, please contact Dipen Boghani, Chair SAS Committee dipen.boghani@sash.nhs.uk.

Applications accepted throughout the year