As 240 new Fellows were welcomed to The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) today, President Bernie Chang paid tribute to their resilience in pursuing their training whilst also stepping up to care for patients and support NHS colleagues during the pandemic.
At the annual RCOphth Admissions Ceremony today, diplomas were presented to doctors who have successfully passed the prestigious FRCOphth exam. 130 attended the ceremony in person, with 240 in total qualifying. All will now go on to apply for a consultant post.
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The new generation of ophthalmologists are much needed
Ophthalmology has the highest outpatient workload in the NHS. Eye care services face a tremendous capacity challenge and continued backlogs exacerbated by the pandemic. Consequently, high risk patients are potentially at significant risk of avoidable sight loss. An expansion of training places, and long-term investment in the ophthalmology workforce is urgently needed to ensure that the rapidly growing patient demand is met in the coming years. Patient need is growing all the time to treat glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts.
The RCOphth has also responded this week to Health Education England’s workforce call for evidence. This details how demand for ophthalmology services is set to significantly increase in the next 15 years and calls for urgent action to ensure workforce supply is there to meet patient need.