The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) is the professional body for ophthalmologists and represents the whole specialty. We champion excellence in the practice of ophthalmology. We set the curriculum and examinations for trainee ophthalmologists; provide training in eye surgery; maintain standards in the practice of ophthalmology; and promote research in the specialty.
Belonging to the RCOphth strengthens its ability to act on behalf of all ophthalmologists; as a member, you have a voice through which RCOphth can influence and shape ophthalmology services and the professional standards of consultants now and in the future. Nearly 50% of our members are involved in one way or another at any one time in the work of RCOphth.
We work collaboratively with government, health departments, charities and other eye health organisations to develop recommendations and support improvements in the co-ordination and management of hospital eye care services both nationally and regionally.
All advisory appointments committees are obliged to have representatives of the RCOphth on them.
Through membership, we can all support and maintain the high quality of services of this unique profession, including:
- Maintaining the professional standards for ophthalmology
- Drawing up guidelines based on best practice, a firm evidence base and broad expert consensus
- Acting as a collective voice for the profession
- Influencing policy-makers to ensure the profession and our patients are taken into consideration
- Providing advice and guidance about planning and running an ophthalmology service
- Offering guidance on continuing professional development
- Managing prize and award schemes for ophthalmologists
- Providing advice on commissioning and value for money
By becoming a member of the College you will be able to access a number of benefits.