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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 Education Advisers
College Tutors


Current vacancies

Role Summary Closing date for application
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 (East Anglia)
  5. Scotland North (Aberdeen)
  6. Scotland East (Dundee)
  7. Severn
  8. Wales
  9. North Western

If there is a vacancy you are interested in applying for, please call Gareth Brennan on 020 3770 5341 or email education@rcophth.ac.uk

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

17.00, Friday 17 August 2018
Member of the Academic Sub-committee This is an exciting opportunity to promote academic education and research in ophthalmology for the benefit of all ophthalmologists and patients. Join the College’s Academic Sub-committee and use your experience to help lead and influence our support for increasing skills and resources in ophthalmology research such as the newly evolving research hub.

For more information please see the job description. Applicants should complete the relevant application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and return to beth.barnes@rcophth.ac.uk

17.00, Monday 3 Sept, 2018
Member of Scientific Committee
Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Do you want to use your expertise in cataract and refractive surgery to influence the scientific standards and practice of ophthalmology?

Join the College’s Scientific Committee to promote and advice on scientific research and innovation, support educational and academic meetings and promote the use of evidence based guidelines in ophthalmology.

For more information please see the job description. Applicants should complete the relevant application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and return to beth.barnes@rcophth.ac.uk

17.00, Monday 3 Sept, 2018
Chair AMD Commissioning Guidance Development Group This guidance will have a direct impact on ophthalmology services. We are looking for a chair to lead the development of this high-profile work. For more information please see the job description and commissioning guidance process manual.

Applications should be submitted via the relevant application form alongside our equal opportunities monitoring form to beth.barnes@rcophth.ac.uk

Interview will be held in the afternoon of Wednesday 26 September and can be via video conference if required.

17.00, Monday 3 Sept, 2018
Chair International Committee An exciting opportunity open to UK Fellows or Members to lead our International Committee.

The College is preparing its 2019-2023 strategy and seeks a Chair who will help develop the role of the International Committee as part of that strategy.

The focus of international activity has been on improving education and training in Ophthalmology worldwide. This includes setting up exams in Dubai, Chennai, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and delivering training in partnership with The College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COESCA).

If you are interested in applying please read the job description, complete the application form and return to jo.longden@rcophth.ac.uk.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 10 October 2018, AM.

17.00, Thursday 20 Sept, 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 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 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