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Media Policy

The aims of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) are to advance the science and practice of ophthalmology which we do by supporting excellence in the training and continuing professional development of ophthalmologists.

The RCOphth leads on the development of eye health policy and clinical information regarding examination, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and hospital eye services.  We endeavour to engage with the media on a range of issues relating to ophthalmology and the wider health agenda.

As an independent charity and membership organisation, we seek to provide content that is accurate and informative and in a way that the general public can easily understand. Where possible, we provide data and statistics from a variety of sources that we believe to be accurate and relevant.

We assess and respond to media based on the urgency and relevance of the enquiry and if aligned with our aims and if we are best placed, or able, to respond effectively.

We undertake to assess and, where appropriate, action media requests in a timely manner in order to maintain positive media relations, endeavouring to be proactive and responsive in our communication activities. All inquiries should be directed in the first instance to the Communications Manager, Liz Price at liz.price@rcophth.ac.uk.

Press releases and statements are published on the news section of our website so that they may be easily accessed by the media and the general public.

The communications team is responsible for managing the press office function on behalf of the RCOphth.  For all media inquiries, view contacts here.

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