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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 Advisers
College Tutors


Current vacancies

Role Summary Closing date for application
Chair, Sustainability Subcommittee The RCOphth is seeking a new chair for its Sustainability Working Group. The Group aims to address questions about the provision of sustainable eye care and supports the RCOphth in advocating and leading on sustainability in ophthalmology and to support the development of sustainable ophthalmic services and eye care.

Eye departments in the UK are struggling to improve health in a sustainable way.  Challenges include the growing number of intravitreal injections, the burgeoning number of follow up appointments for patients with chronic eye diseases and providing effective training. Faced with such pressure on limited services it is important to consider how we can maximise efficiency and promote sustainable eye services for all. Activities which can be considered examples of sustainable eye care include disease prevention and health promotion, patient education and empowerment, professional education and skill development, lean service delivery, low carbon alternatives to standard care and cost reduction, savings and quality improvement.

For more information review the job description, Group terms of reference or contact beth.barnes@rcophth.ac.uk.

Chair of Sustainability Subcommittee job description 2018

Sustainability Subcommittee Terms of Reference

Chair of Sustainability Subcommittee Application Form 

Equality and Diversity monitoring form 

17:00, Friday 7 January 2019
Chair, Paediatric Subcommittee The College is seeking an active and committed individual to be Chair of the Paediatric Subcommittee.  Part of the role will be to support and provide advice for external and national guidance related to paediatric ophthalmology services.

The Subcommittee, which is responsible to the Professional Standards Committee, also advises the College on standards and liaises with other healthcare-related organisations. This is a three year appointment which is renewable for a further three years.  Applicants must be a Member or Fellow of the College and hold a substantive NHS consultant or SAS post for at least three years.

For further information, please view the job description and Paediatric Sub-committee terms of reference.  To apply, please download the application form.

Chair of Paediatric Sub-committee job description 2018

Paediatrics Sub-committee Terms of Reference 2018

Chair of Paediatric Sub-committee Application Form

Equality and diversity monitoring form

17.00, Friday 14 December 2018
RCOphth Representative to UK Ophthalmology Alliance The UKOA is a membership group of UK ophthalmology providers and stakeholders set up in 2017. It is inspired by the National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) vanguard and is rapidly replicating and expanding the scope of specialty alliance methodology. Its key benefit is national standardisation to deliver best practice in clinical outcomes, patient co-developed standards and cost efficiency.

The RCOphth is a stakeholder and is seeking a representative on the UK Ophthalmology Alliance to report to the Professional Standards Committee. To apply for this role please read the job description and complete the application form and return to beth.barnes@rcophth.ac.uk

Beth Barnes (Head of Professional Support) would be happy to answer queries and provide further information. For an informal chat about the role please contact beth.barnes@rcophth.ac.uk / 020 3770 5328

17.00, Tuesday 15 January 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. North West Thames
  2. South Western (Peninsula)
  3. Northern
  4. East of England (East Anglia)
  5. Scotland North (Aberdeen)
  6. Scotland East (Dundee)
  7. Severn
  8. Wales
  9. North Western

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.

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

Training Days for 2018 are 25 April 2018 and 10 September 2018 and successful applicants will be expected to attend one of these dates.

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 Bronwen Attrup, Chair SAS Committee bronwen.attrup@ulh.nhs.uk

Applications accepted throughout the year