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Applications for Membership

Applications are available for:

Fellowship and Membership by Election applications must be approved by College Council, which meets in March, June, September and December. The decision of the Council of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists will be final.

If awarded, recipients are entitled to use the post nominals FRCOphth and MRCOphth respectively.  The post nominals may only be used by recipients who are fully paid members.

Please email membership@rcophth.ac.uk for an application form.  Please include your formal name and GMC number (if applicable) and the membership category that you are applying for.

From the Ordinances: The phrase “in good standing” means that the member so designated (a) has duly paid such fees and annual subscription as the Trustees may from time to time determine, and (b) has not been expelled or expressly denied the right to vote or any privileges laid down in the Bye-laws;

 

Fellowship by Election

All doctors applying for FRCOphth should be practising at a clinical standard which meets the College’s standards and guidelines and deliver high quality, safe care to patients. The nature and quality of an applicant’s clinical responsibilities should be clear.

Applicants applying for Fellowship by Election must:

UK NHS Applicants

  1. Be in a substantive NHS Consultant post for 5 years or more
  2. If working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide evidence of the last 5 annual appraisals
  4. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities, showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards
  5. Must be in good standing.

UK Non-NHS Applicants

  1. Be in a substantive Consultant in a Non-NHS UK Healthcare provider for 6 years or more
  2. If working part time, less than 50%, the time is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide evidence of annual appraisals for the last 6 years.
  4. Have a postgraduate qualification in Ophthalmology.
  5. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards.
  6. Must be in good standing

Optional

Evidence of Published work in Peer reviewed journals including work as first author.

Overseas Applicants

  1. Must be a substantive Consultant in a Healthcare provider for 6 years or more
  2. If working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide evidence of annual appraisals for 6 years or equivalent.
  4. Have a postgraduate qualification in Ophthalmology.
  5. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards
  6. Must be in good standing

In addition, overseas applicants must provide evidence of one or more of the following activities

  • Teaching, Training and Education
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Academic and Research
  • Leadership

Further details of what should be considered can be found here. Other activities not included in this list may also be considered.

 

Membership by Election

UK NHS Applicants

  1. Must be a newly appointed Substantive NHS consultant or a SAS doctor in a Substantive NHS post for 5 years
  2. If working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide evidence of the last annual appraisal (if in post for longer than a year)
  4. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards.
  5. Must be in good standing

UK Non-NHS Applicants

  1. Must be a substantive Consultant in a Non-NHS UK Healthcare provider for 3 years
  2. if working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide evidence of last annual appraisals for the last 3 years.
  4. Have a postgraduate qualification in Ophthalmology.
  5. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards
  6. Must be in good standing

Optional

Evidence of Published work in Peer reviewed journals including work as first author.

Overseas Applicants

  1. Must be a substantive Consultant in a Healthcare provider for 3 years
  2. If working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide evidence of annual appraisals for the last 3 years or equivalent.
  4. Have a postgraduate qualification in Ophthalmology.
  5. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards
  6. Must be in good standing
  7. Provide evidence of Published work in Peer reviewed journals including work as first author.

In addition, overseas applicants must provide evidence of one or more of the following activities

  • Teaching, Training and Education
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Academic and Research
  • Leadership

Further details of what should be considered can be found here. Other activities not included in this list may also be considered.

 

Affiliate Membership

Affiliates shall be:

  • Those medical practitioners in the field of ophthalmology who hold qualifications and who are not Fellows or Members of the College
  • Those persons approved and admitted by the Council, who hold a higher qualification and are engaged in ophthalmic research but are not medically qualified

Please note that applications for Affiliate membership require the signatures of two sponsors who are current Fellows or Members in good standing with the College. The sponsors must know the applicant and be prepared to support the application.

 

Trainee Affiliates

If you have been appointed to an Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) post within the UK – whether run-through or Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) – you will receive an email from the Membership department containing an enrolment link. We will tell you when the system is ready for your application.

If you have not received an invite to enrol within one month of your start date please contact the Education and Training department.

It is important that membership is maintained throughout training as failure to do so will result in the removal of access to the e-Portfolio and all other benefits.