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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
Foundation and other Specialties Lead The College would now like to appoint a Foundation and other Specialties Lead to further develop and deliver a Strategy for foundation doctors and other specialties.

Some specialties have more overlap with ophthalmology and would benefit from the availability of good quality education to facilitate their understanding of ophthalmic presentations and referral or discussion of patients.

Foundation doctors may also be interested in entering ophthalmology as a specialty, so it is necessary to make available appropriate information about careers in ophthalmology and support them in their preparation to enter this career.

Key dates: 

  • Interview Date: Wednesday 6 October 2021 (virtual)
  • Next Education Committee Meeting: Wednesday 17 November 2021

Application documents: 

Applications should be submitted to [email protected]

30 September 2021
Management and Leadership Development Lead Ophthalmologists increasingly work in multidisciplinary teams, and ophthalmic leaders need to be able to work in collaboration with non-medical managers and other healthcare professionals.

Doctors taking on Clinical Management and Leadership roles should be specifically trained in the necessary knowledge and skills, and this College aspires to help members to acquire these skills.

The RCOphth seeks to appoint a Management and Leadership Development Lead to develop and deliver a Strategy for this programme.

Key dates: 

  • Interview Date: Wednesday 6 October 2021 (virtual)
  • Next Education Committee Meeting: Wednesday 17 November 2021

Application documents: 

Applications should be submitted to [email protected]

30 September 2021
New Consultants Development Lead The New Consultants Development Lead post was first appointed in 2018, and following successful completion of the first term, the College wishes to again appoint a New Consultants Development Lead to further develop and deliver a Strategy for a New Consultants development and support programme.

The importance of support for newly-appointed consultants is now widely recognised. This support is particularly crucial in developing the non-clinical aspects of the consultant role. New consultants need to develop a range of interpersonal and professional skills, and improve their knowledge of the structure and workings of the health service.

Key dates: 

  • Interview Date: Wednesday 6 October 2021 (virtual)
  • Next Education Committee Meeting: Wednesday 17 November 2021

Application documents: 

Applications should be submitted to [email protected]

30 September 2021
Undergraduate Education Lead Join the Education Committee as the Undergraduate Education Lead. Use your expertise to promote the acquisition of ophthalmic knowledge and skills amongst medical students. Help raise awareness of ophthalmology as a potential career and support those who want to enter the specialty.

Key dates: 

  • Interview Date: Wednesday 6 October 2021 (virtual)
  • Next Education Committee Meeting: Wednesday 17 November 2021

Application documents: 

Applications should be submitted to [email protected]

30 September 2021
Clinical Leads Chair The Clinical Leads Forum is a way for ophthalmology clinical leads to liaise and discuss service delivery issues, successes, challenges and opportunities. It is a key engagement mechanism between the RCOphth and those responsible for the delivery of services in the UK and acts as a two-way communication and learning resources.

As Chair, you will provide leadership of the Clinical Leads Forum supporting ophthalmic clinical leads in their roles.

Click here to find out more about this role.

30 September 2021
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, 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