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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
Honorary Treasurer The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is recruiting for the role of Honorary Treasurer when the post becomes vacant in May 2018. The appointment will be for four years. Applicants should be Fellows or Members in good standing and in a substantive consultant post for three or more years.

The Honorary Treasurer is a college officer and Trustee of the College, a registered charity. Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for governing a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent and well-run. The Honorary Treasurer will focus on the current and future financial governance of the College and works with the Chief Executive, Head of Finance and Operations and other stakeholders to fulfil this.

The Honorary Treasurer sits on the College’s Trustee Board which meets four times a year and chairs the Finance Committee, one of the College’s standing committees. College officers are expected to attend all standing committees (Education, Examinations, Finance, Professional Standards, Scientific and Training).

As an integral part of the RCOphth, the Finance Committee advises the Trustees and meets three times a year. An interest in, or expertise of, finance, HR and education would be welcome but we would also be pleased to receive applications from members with other career experiences and interests.

Travel expenses are reimbursed.  Prospective candidates will be encouraged to attend the following meetings:

  • Finance Committee – Thursday 8 March 2018
  • Trustee Board – Friday 20 April 2018
  • Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 22 May 2018

If you think you could contribute to the work of the RCOphth please contact Jo Longden.

You can download the application form here, as well as the job description and terms of reference which give further information about the role.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 November 2017. Interviews will be held on Friday 1 December 2017.

Friday 17 November 2017, 17:00
Health Professional/Clinical Member of External Review Team Join our expert team helping organisations improve their services.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists accepts review requests from healthcare organisations that require independent external advice or support to deal with issues and concerns.

The reviews are ophthalmologist-led and the primary purpose is to ensure patient safety and improve patient care. Review teams are often multidisciplinary (including allied health professionals such as nurses, orthoptists, optometrists, managers) and may include a lay reviewer.

The College is seeking new reviewers to meet increased demand for this service.

Each review is unique, if you are interested you may download the full advert, the job description and make an application.

Thursday 30 November 2017, 17:00
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