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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.

Current vacancies

Role Summary Closing date
Regional Education Advisors
Regional Education Advisors (REAs) are The College’s senior representatives promoting excellence in education for:
       •     Ophthalmologists at all stages in their careers and across all their roles
       •     Non-medical Ophthalmic Professionals
       •     Students, trainees and specialists from other specialties learning about Eye Care
They lead the College’s Regional Team responsible for facilitating and overseeing the cascade and delivery of education in the Region, and supporting the profession.
REAs serve for a term of 3 years (with the opportunity to stand for a second term).
Due to a number of REAs taking on new roles or reaching the end of their terms the College is now accepting applications for the role in the following regions:
· East of England (East Anglia)
· East Midlands (South)
· Mersey
· Scotland North (Aberdeen)
· South West (Peninsula)
· South West (Severn)
· Yorkshire and Humberside (South) 
Further details about the REA role can be found here.
Applications should be submitted to [email protected] or contact Gareth Brennan for further details.


Wednesday 24 November 2021
Chair of Training  The role of Chair of Training is an important role for The Royal College of Ophthalmologists with a wide portfolio of responsibilities.  As Chair, you will work closely with the Training Committee to promote high standards of training in ophthalmology.

Training has to adapt and develop as the healthcare environment changes rapidly and this has been increasingly challenging in recent years with new ways of working and the lasting effects of the recent pandemic.

As well as promoting high standards of training, the Training Committee also works to set the curriculum, is responsible for the delivery of simulation and skills training, the dual sponsorship scheme for international medical graduates and for CESR . The Committee comprises Heads of School or Training Programme Directors from the 25 different regions to develop and share good practice. It therefore supports trainers and trainees across all 4 nations. A number of separate Sub-committees or faculties deliver the different work streams and the whole committee are involved in developing and delivering new standards.

You will be expected to develop robust relationships both internally with College Officers and staff, as well as externally with legislative bodies within the health care system. This role is varied with an emphasis on standards of training and strategic priorities.

Read information about this opportunity, including a message from Fiona Spencer (current Chair of the Training Committee), the application process, application documents, and links to further reading in our news item about the Chair of the Training Committee role.

Thursday 27 January 2022, 12noon
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 2021.

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, especially the involvement in College work on behalf of SAS members.  I have insight into how decisions are made across the College, how to arrange seminars like the SAS national day and the SAS forum during Congress. Joining the SAS committee is an opportunity to make a difference, it is a great experience!’ Dipen Boghani, South West Thames, Chair SAS Group

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