The Royal College of Ophthalmologists believes that everyone should have access to high quality eye care.
The new RCOphth Strategic Plan 2020-2022 directs and prioritises key policy and campaign activities over the next three years. The way NHS care is provided and the treatments available to improve patients’ lives have changed almost beyond recognition since our charter first set out our obligations as a medical royal college in 1988.
Acknowledging these changes and future needs, the strategic plan identifies four key areas of focus:
- Our Purpose – ensuring our charter remains relevant for meeting the needs of modern ophthalmic care, empowering members to achieve life-long learning and expertise needed for the future of ophthalmology
- Workforce – define the workforce and resources needed to deliver safe and sustainable care
- Leading – to continue to promote the highest achievable standards of eye care and speak out if care falls short
- Evolving – to ensure our work is delivered through efficient, flexible and transparent processes. The RCOphth will evolve a programme of work that meets the needs of our members and patients. We will emphasise more consultation with members and other stakeholders on the delivery of ophthalmic care and promote standards and guidance in the UK and internationally.
Our strategic aims will stay true to our mission ‘to ensure the highest achievable quality of eye care for patients through excellence in training, education and assessment of ophthalmologists and to uphold standards and promote research and innovation’.