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College Roles

The College is a membership organisation and relies on member participation. 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
Examiners
Regional Education Advisors
College Tutors

Current vacancies

Role Summary
Chair, Professional  Standards Professional Standards Committee

Lead the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) setting standards of safe and high-quality ophthalmic care.   The PSC works to maintain professional standards in the practice of ophthalmology for the benefit of the general public. Activities and responsibilities are wide ranging including: the development of guidance to support ophthalmic professionals in providing quality and safe care, working with stakeholders and industry partners to influence national policy related to the eye care sector, supporting the NOD so that ophthalmologists and provider organisation have the ability to benchmark themselves and improve the safety of services.

You will also join the RCOphth Executive Team, College Council and be a member of the senior leadership team of the RCOphth. As a member of the Executive Committee, you will contribute actively to the overall strategic vision and objectives of the RCOphth and ensure the PSC and its work aligns with this.

Download relevant information and the application form for the role

Application Pack Chair Professional Standards Committee
Chair of Professional Standards Committee Application Form
RCOphth Declaration of Interest Form 2019
Organogram Governance and Staff Structure SEPT 2020

Email your application to [email protected]

Direct line:       02037705351

Interview date:  Thursday 4 February 2021

Closing date:
Friday 11 Dec 2020,12.00 noon
Chair, Scientific Committee Scientific Committee

Opportunity to Chair the RCOphth’s Scientific Committee promoting science and research in ophthalmology delivering excellence in patient care though evidence-based ophthalmology and the translation of research into innovation in clinical practice.  High profile work includes running the RCOphth Annual Congress, seminar programme, clinical guidelines, liaison with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), supporting the development of the RCOphth Eye Journal and the British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit.

In addition, as a member of the Executive Committee, you will contribute actively to the overall strategic vision and objectives of the RCOphth and ensure the role of the Scientific Committee and its work aligns with this.

Download relevant information and the application form for the role
Application Pack Chair Scientific Committee
Scientific Committee Chair Application form
RCOphth Declaration of Interest Form 2019
Organogram Governance and Staff Structure SEPT 2020

Email your application to [email protected]

Direct line:       02037705351

Interview date:  Friday 22 January 2021

Closing date:
Friday 27 Nov, 12 noon
Chair, Education Committee The Education Committee works to promote education for ophthalmologists at all stages of their career and in all their roles.  It provides resources, courses and events focussed on the development of knowledge, practical skills and professional competencies, and how they are applied in ophthalmology.  It also supports ophthalmic education for medical students, doctors from other specialties, non-medical professionals and ophthalmology trainers overseas.

The Chair of the Education Committee represents the College on educational issues at meetings held by national bodies, eg the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the GMC, Health Education England and any other appropriate national organisations. The Chair works closely with the Chair of the Training Committee in relation to the education of trainees and trainers, supports and gives guidance to the subcommittee chairs and members.

The role oversees the delivery of the RCOphth Educational Programme by the education leads and representatives, the development and maintenance of the RCOphth Learning Management System by members of the Education Committee and leads on educational projects involving international members and other ophthalmic professions.

Please download more information about the role.

Application Pack Chair Education Committee 201019 FINAL
Application form Chair Education Committee
RCOphth Declaration of Interest Form 2019
Organogram Governance and Staff Structure SEPT 2020

Email your application to [email protected]

Direct line:       02037705351

Interview date: Thursday 11 February 2021

Closing date
9am, Friday 11 Dec 2020 
Chair, Training the Trainers (TTT) Subcommittee The College is inviting applications for two positions as part of the Training the Trainers team:

  • Chair of the Training the Trainers (TTT) Subcommittee
  • Member of the Training the Trainers (TTT) Subcommittee

The RCOphth TTT Programme successfully delivers specific training to all grades of trainers and educators from trainees to Regional and Deanery Leads.  Appointees would be part of an interactive practical-based programme that teaches skills and behaviours which can immediately be applied by participants in their training roles.  They would also contribute to supporting and developing Faculty members and Facilitators so the programme can be delivered more widely, and developing new materials for a digital platform.  There is the opportunity to be involved in the overseas arm of the programme in Africa and Indonesia, or setting up TTT for non-NHS surgical supervisors.

Please download the job descriptions with person specifications

TTT Chair – Job Description and Person Specification FINAL
RCOphth Declaration of Interest Form 2019
29102020 Application form for Training the Trainer roles Final Version

Please return to: [email protected] by no later than 9am on Monday, 9 November 2020.   The interviews are likely to be on Monday 16 November, conducted by Zoom.  Successful applicants for both roles are expected to attend the remote Advanced Training the Trainers Course on Tuesday, 24 November 2020, full day.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 9 Nov 2020
Member, Training the Trainers (TTT) Subcommittee Please see information regarding the RCOphth Training the Trainers programme above.

Please download the job descriptions with person specifications

TTT Member – Job Description and Person Specification FINAL
RCOphth Declaration of Interest Form 2019
29102020 Application form for Training the Trainer roles Final Version

Please return to: [email protected] by no later than 9am on Monday, 9 November 2020.   The interviews are likely to be on Monday 16 November, conducted by Zoom.  Successful applicants for both roles are expected to attend the remote Advanced Training the Trainers Course on Tuesday, 24 November 2020, full day.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 9 Nov 2020
Honorary Secretary The role of Honorary Secretary is wide ranging and works at a strategic and governance level. As a member of the new Trustee Board, the Honorary Secretary liaises directly with Council and the office of President. He/she is responsible for maintaining the governance and principles of the College through its Byelaws, minimising risks to the reputation of the College. The role is central to administering and properly conducting elections, ballots and appointments and ensuring membership services are optimised, working with the membership team.

As Chair of the Remuneration Committee, the Honorary Secretary will help to develop an effective HR function to support the College in developing staff and their skills. The committee has overall responsibility to set remuneration, with associated terms and conditions of employment, for all staff of the organisation in line with pay policy agreed by the Trustee Board.

As Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee, the Honorary Secretary works with the College to actively encourage equality, diversity and inclusion among our membership and our staff and to eliminate unlawful discrimination. The Honorary Secretary is also a member of the Executive Committee which contributes to the formulation of the College’s values, mission, vision, goals, objectives and strategic direction.

This role offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with College employees to influence the College’s work at a high level during an important time in its history. The College is seeking a high-calibre individual who can offer skills, energy and commitment to help the College achieve its aims.

You may read the full Job Description here. If you think you could contribute to the work of the RCOphth please send this Application Form to Jo Longden at j[email protected].

Closing date: 17:00, Thursday 26 November 2020

Interviews: Thursday 10 December 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