Our highlights of 2023

  • 14 Dec 2023
  • RCOphth

January saw the launch of the Differential Attainment report, with us addressing systemic disparities in professional outcomes. This was the start of our pledge to foster diversity and inclusion across the College. In February, the first NOD age-related macular degeneration (AMD) audit highlighted the importance of prompt AMD treatment, encouraging participation for quality assurance. 

In March our 2022 Workforce Census revealed severe NHS ophthalmology shortages, prompting calls for increased training, workforce planning, and better resources. This was followed by Professor Bernie Chang presenting census findings at the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Eye Health in April, advocating expanded roles for optometrists. 

In May Ben Burton was appointed President, and Ali Rivett as Chief Executive. That same month we hosted a successful Annual Congress.

Evelyn Mensah, Mousinda Arjunan, and Roxanne Annoh were appointed as the new leads for our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI), and Belonging Committee in June.

September’s Admissions Ceremony celebrated new Fellows, and October marked the transition to the General Medical Council‘s Portfolio Route for specialist eligibility  

In November President Ben Burton advocated for improved patient experiences at another  All-Party Parliamentary Group for Eye Health and Visual Impairment. 

Rhianon Reynolds was announced as the new Llywydd in Wales in November and December concluded the year with the College representing members at the Westminster Eye Health Day, emphasising the urgent need for more training places, improved services, and a national eyecare plan. 

Thanks to everyone in our community who has contributed to this impressive list of achievements throughout another successful year. We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.