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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.

Council Regional Representatives Mar2015
CPD Co-ordinators
Regional Advisers
College Tutors


Current vacancies

Role Summary Closing date for application
Lay Advisory Group Members It is an interesting time to be involved in ophthalmology. There are many new initiatives and the pace of change is quickening.

The RCOphth is the professional body for eye doctors and it seeks new members to join its Lay Advisory Group. The Group, an integral part of the College, advises the Council and meets four times a year. Members are expected to serve on one other College committee.

People with experience of working at a senior level (e.g. in social services) or serving as a lay member on a health or social care related board, and those with an interest in promoting diversity are especially welcome. We would also like to recruit members with experience of ophthalmic services.

If you think you could contribute to the work of the College please contact the CEO, Kathy Evans at kathy.evans@rcophth.ac.uk or call 020 7935 0702.

You may download the full job advert here, and the application form here.

Interviews will be held on the morning of Friday 16 February 2018.

17.00, Wednesday 31 January 2018.
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.

A list of our current vacancies in various regions can be found here.

If there is a vacancy you are interested in applying for, please call Tanna Hawkins on 020 3770 5359 or email education@rcophth.ac.uk.

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

17.00, Monday 19 February 2018.
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 The College Staff and Associate Specialist committee is seeking members of the College who work in the SAS grade, to be regional representatives to represent all the SAS doctors in their region. The roles have become vacant due to retirement or SAS doctors being successful in becoming consultants.

The role involves three meetings per year of the SAS group at Stephenson Way premises, usually on a Friday afternoon, involves representing the SAS grade on one of the RCOphth sub-committees eg. Scientific, cpd, training, education, professional standards, examinations and helping in the planning of the SAS forum at the College Congress and the annual College National SAS day.

If you are able to commit your time and energy to promoting the role of SAS doctors in ophthalmology, please contact Bronwen Attrup, Chair SAS Committee bronwen.attrup@ulh.nhs.uk

Applications accepted throughout the year
Quality and Safety Group Members The Quality and Safety Group is a virtual group consisting mainly of consultant ophthalmologists, an ophthalmic pharmacist and an MHRA representative and will shortly also include allied health professionals and ophthalmic trainees. The group has been set up to coordinate quality concerns raised by members and to advise the College on quality issues and generally undertake activities to improve ophthalmic care quality.  All discussions are through email.

This established group is recruiting for enthusiastic consultant and SAS members to actively participate in discussions; you need to have an interest or some experience in ophthalmic quality and safety. Please note that the group sometimes discusses sensitive matters and members must abide by the accepted terms of confidentiality.

The group reports to the Professional Standard Committee and the terms of reference can be found on the College website.

If you or a member of your ophthalmic team is interested, please contact Nicholas Wilson-Holt, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Chair of the College Quality and Safety Group at nicholas.wilson-holt@nhs.net to discuss or find out more.

Applications accepted throughout the year