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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.

Advisory Appointments Committees
Regional Representatives
CPD Co-ordinators
Regional Eduction Advisers
College Tutors


Current vacancies

Role Summary Closing date for application
Curriculum Sub-committee The College is committed to delivering a new Curriculum for Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) by 2020 as part of the GMC reform agenda.  This represents an opportunity to produce a curriculum that can be delivered in the current NHS climate whilst continuing to drive excellence.

We are seeking three new members to join the current Curriculum Sub-committee, to be involved with the redevelopment of learning outcomes, workplace-based assessments and supervisor reports.

The College is especially keen to hear from College Tutors. Applicants are not required to have previous experience in drafting curricula, but an active interest in education and familiarity with the current curriculum is an advantage.

The opportunity is open to all Consultants working in the UK. The Sub-committee meets according to demand, usually about three times a year. The new Members will be expected to be involved in email correspondence and drafting and refining proposed curricular work.

Applications forms, along with abridged CVs, should be submitted via email to vanna.fadda@rcophth.ac.uk .  Further information is available on request.

17.00, 30 April 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.

We currently have vacancies for the following regions:

  1. North West Thames
  2. South Western (Peninsula)
  3. Northern
  4. East of England
  5. Scotland North (Aberdeen)
  6. Scotland East (Dundee)

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 REA job description and person specification, and the REA application form.

17.00, 31 May 2018
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.

Read the Job description and person specification, guidance document and complete the application form, attaching an abridged CV to equiavalence@rcophth.ac.uk

Training Days for 2018 are 25 April 2018 and 10 September 2018 and successful applicants will be expected to attend one of these dates.

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 skills.centre@rcophth.ac.uk.

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 be regional representatives to represent all the SAS doctors in their region. 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 representatives for the following regions: Mersey, SE Thames, North West, South West, Wessex. To apply please fill in an application form and return it to sas@rcophth.ac.uk.

If you would like to have a chat about the role, please contact Bronwen Attrup, Chair SAS Committee bronwen.attrup@ulh.nhs.uk

Applications accepted throughout the year