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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.

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Regional Education Advisors
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Current vacancies

Role Summary Closing date for application
Clinical Lead for Proposed New National AMD Audit Be part of a new and exciting RCOphth project to create a national AMD audit. AMD is estimated to affect 600,000 in the UK with an estimated 39,800 patients developing wet AMD each year. Prompt rescue and continued maintenance treatments for the condition are paramount to maintaining vision, delays to treatments frequently lead to irrecoverable visual loss and consequent higher costs of social support. The AMD numbers are expected to rise at an alarming 60% in the by 2035 years. These data demonstrate the need for economic modelling of demand management, pathway redesign, task shifting to maximise efficiency and safety with minimum variations of care.

As Clinical Lead you will provide strong and clear leadership in developing the proposal for a new AMD national clinical audit based on the feasibility study published in 2017. You will be an experienced ophthalmology clinician, RCOphth member and AMD treatment specialist with practical experience of clinical audit and information systems in the NHS, as well as a demonstrable knowledge of relevant statistical analysis methodology to advise on the NOD arrangements.

You will work in partnership with the RCOphth NOD Delivery Team and other stakeholders to focus on providing opportunities for quality improvement for ophthalmology patients. During the first six months of the role you will work initially with the College Executive team and then the NOD Steering Group as it develops,  to help shape plans for implementing an AMD audit, chair stakeholder events to agree priorities, liaise with potential funders and engage with EMR providers to ascertain breadth of use of EMRs in AMD services and the feasibility of data extracts.

Please read the full role description and apply via the form below. If you want more information please contact Beth Barnes at the RCOphth: [email protected] or telephone 020 3770 5328.

To apply, please send this form to [email protected]

17:00, Monday 6 April 2020

Interview date: TBC

Clinical Lead National Ophthalmology Cataract Audit (NOD) We are seeking a Clinical Lead for the National Ophthalmology Database cataract audit who can provide strong and clear leadership of the audit. The National Ophthalmology Database Audit (NOD) is internationally renowned as an exemplar of high quality audit that produces results in positive outcomes for patients and the profession. The NOD is a national audit of cataract surgery which aims to prospectively collect, collate and analyse a standardised, nationally agreed dataset from all centres providing NHS cataract surgery in England, Northern Ireland & Wales.

We are seeking a RCOphth member who specialises in cataract surgery and with practical experience of clinical audit and information systems in the NHS, as well as a demonstrable knowledge of relevant statistical analysis methodology to advise on the NOD arrangements.

You will work in partnership with the RCOphth NOD Delivery Team and other stakeholders to focus on providing opportunities which meet for quality improvement for ophthalmology patients.

For more information please see the job description here.

To apply, please send this application form to [email protected].

17:00, Friday 13 March 2020 

Interviews will be held on Friday 3 April 2020.

Clinical Lead for the RCOphth Review Service We are welcoming applications for the role of Clinical Lead for the RCOphth Review Service. This role will provide clinical leadership to the RCOphth’s Review Service and work in collaboration with the College’s Quality Improvement Manager to further develop and expand the review services for the benefit of UK ophthalmology services and their patients.

This is an exciting time to lead the service as we have introduced our new individual reviews and are looking to expand the scope of the review service. More information about the review service can be found on our website and potential applicants are welcome to informally discuss the role in more detail with Jonathan Baker, Quality Improvement Manager at 02037705331.

A copy of the role description can be found here.

You can download the application form here.

To apply please send your completed application form and CV to [email protected]

17:00, Friday 20 March 2020
Member of the Scientific Committee (Oculoplastics) Use your expertise to influence the scientific standards and practice of ophthalmology. Join the College’s Scientific Committee to promote and advise on scientific research and innovation, support educational and academic meetings and promote the use of evidence-based guidelines in ophthalmology.

Please find the job description here.

Please find the application form here.

Please send your completed application form to Beth Barnes at [email protected].

17:00, Friday 26 June 2020
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 Alex Tytko – Head of Education and Training

Read the Job description and person specification, guidance document and complete the application form, attaching an abridged CV to [email protected]

Successful applicants will be expected to attend a training day. Due to the current COVID-19 situation it is hoped that a training day will be organised in the Autumn of 2020.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

If you would like to have a chat about the role, please contact Dipen Boghani, Chair SAS Committee [email protected].

Applications accepted throughout the year