Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to actively encouraging equality and diversity among our membership and our workforce and to eliminating unlawful discrimination.

We are committed to actively encouraging equality and diversity among our membership and our workforce and to eliminating unlawful discrimination. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy outlines our approach to the way in which the College carries out its duties and activities as a membership organisation and employer.

The College is essentially a collection of individuals; capitalising on what is unique about these individuals and drawing on their different perspectives and experiences will add value to the way we carry out our activities, enable our employees and members to feel respected, and ensure the College is truly representative of all sections of our membership and the wider community.

As an organisation, the College constantly strives to be open and transparent, fair, inclusive and responsive to the needs of different cultures and groups. We believe our staff and members should embrace and support these aims, and challenge behaviour and attitudes that are not in keeping with this approach.

We have developed a set of values and behaviours by which we encourage all our members, staff and partners to embrace and carry out their activities in collaboration with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Read Joint Honorary Secretary, Melanie Hingorani’s article on EDI and Values.

Differential Attainment Report 2022

Prior to the roll-out of the new curriculum for Ophthalmology Specialty Training (OST) in 2024, the College has been required to evaluate differential attainment within our specialty by the General Medical Council (GMC). The College has noted increasing interest from members to develop a more proactive and visible approach to equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). An EDI committee exists within the College and the required work on differential attainment was seen as a useful first step to develop a more proactive strategy.

Read the Differential Attainment Report and view the recommendations