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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
Regional Education Advisors
College Tutors

Current vacancies

Role Summary Closing date for application
Regional Education Advisors  The role of the Regional Education Advisor has been redefined to focus on the development of education for all ophthalmologists at all stages of their careers and in all their roles.  They coordinate the College’s new Regional Team responsible for facilitating and overseeing the cascade and delivery of education in the Region, and supporting the profession.

Self-nominations are requested from consultants who have been in post for 1 year, in the following regions:

East Midlands (North), East Midlands (South), Moorfields, North East Thames, North Western, Oxford, Scotland East (Dundee), Scotland West (Glasgow), Severn, South East Thames, South West Thames, Wessex, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humberside (North)

REA Job Description can be found here.

REA Guidance can be found here.

You can download the application form here.

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

17:00. Monday 27 January 2020
Member of the Scientific Committee representing 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.

For more information please see the job description here.

Applications should be submitted with this application form to [email protected]

Details are also available on the BOPSS website.

17:00, Thursday 23 January 2020
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), 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected], or the Head of the Education and Training Department, Alex Tytko at [email protected].

On hold – details to be confirmed


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 [email protected]

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 [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