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Regional Education Advisors

Regional Education Advisors or REAs are the RCOphth’s senior representatives promoting excellence in training and the delivery of the Ophthalmic Specialist Training programme.

Regional Education Advisors (REAs) lead the RCOphth Regional Teams to facilitate and oversee the delivery of education, and support ophthalmologists, in our College regions.

REAs promote excellence in education for:

  • Ophthalmologists at all stages in their careers and across all their roles
  • Non-medical Ophthalmic Professionals
  • Students, trainees and specialists from other specialties learning about ophthalmology

Responsibilities and duties

REAs lead the regional team by:

  • Identifying or ensuring the appointment of Regional Leads and other members of the Regional Team
  • Promoting cooperative working amongst the Regional Team to facilitate the integrated delivery of education in the region
  • Encouraging Regional Leads to connect with College Leads in their area
  • Encouraging Regional Leads to connect with members and staff in the region

Support Regional Team members by:

  • Supporting and facilitating delivery of their areas of responsibility
  • Encouraging communication and cooperation between Team members
  • Encouraging cooperation with the College Lead in their area

Promote the regional cascade of national educational events by:

  • Developing the local facilities and processes required for tele-Learning
  • Encouraging ophthalmic professionals to access learning and education

Support Educators and Trainers in the Region by:

  • Nominating, leading, supporting and developing College Tutors
  • Attending appropriate events, eg School Board, training visits by external agencies
  • Supporting Training The Trainers (TTT)
  • Supporting The Ophthalmic Common Clinical Competency Framework (OCCCF)

Support the personal and professional development of ophthalmologists in the region by:

  • Informing ophthalmic professionals of the members of the regional team
  • Leading or supporting local Buddying schemes
  • Encouraging the inclusion of mentoring skills in educational opportunities
  • Signposting members to sources of personal support

How do I become a Regional Education Advisor?

Regional Education Advisors are appointed by the RCOphth Council for each of the College regions. The term of office is three years, renewable once. To be eligible for applying you must:

  • Be a RCOphth member
  • Be a substantive consultant for at least one year
  • Not hold a potentially conflicting post
  • Be a Regional Representative
  • Hold a Deanery appointment eg Training Programme Director, Head of School

If you want to get involved, view roles available in Lead Our Work, including instructions for applying. You must have your application countersigned by:

  • Chair of the School Board/Specialty Training Committee or Head of School – to confirm that the nomination has LETB/Deanery endorsement
  • Clinical Lead – so they are aware that you are considering taking on this role