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Lead Our Work

RCOphth is a membership organisation and relies on member participation. Below are the roles we actively recruit for and which help to shape our membership services and clinical leadership activities in the ophthalmic sector.

Being part of the RCOphth as a College Officer or committee member means that you can make a difference to the work of your colleagues in eye services and the wider ophthalmic workforce.  All College roles are supported by teams of experienced and specialist staff, working together towards fulfilling the aims of RCOphth to improve eye services in all four nations and to support ophthalmic education and training internationally.  Below are the roles we actively recruit for and which help to shape the work of the College and the ophthalmic sector.

Current Vacancies

We invite applications for the replacement role of Co-Editor for the Emergency Ophthalmology Programme and an expansion of the number of Co-Editors for the Clinical Decision Making Programme. This Programme includes clinical cases and scenarios under the headings Visual Function, Anterior Segment, Posterior Segment, External, Trauma/Multisystem, and will be particularly valuable for trainees and those sitting exams.
Please view the Job Description and Person Specification   Programme Editors _ Co-Editors JD PS and complete the short application form Programme Editors Co-Editors Application Form 220725 (1) returning to [email protected] by 9 am Tueday 30th August 2022.
Now that the Contributions Area is open, we would like to recruit Instructors/Reviewers to join the Editorial Team for each programme.  The role will involve reviewing submitted materials and incorporating them into the platform, as well as creating new materials.
If you are interested, please e-mail [email protected] stating the Programmes that interest you (https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/events-courses/rcophth-education/inspire-the-rcophth-online-learning-platform/), and you will be put in touch with the relevant Programme Editor(s).

Regional Education Advisors (REA) are The College’s senior representatives promoting 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 specialities
   learning about eye care.
They lead the College’s Regional Team responsible for facilitating and overseeing the cascade and delivery of education in the Region and supporting the profession.
REAs serve for a term of 3 years (with the opportunity to stand for a second term).
A number of REAs have reached the end of their terms or have taken up new roles, and the College is now accepting applications for REA in the following regions:
· East of England (East Anglia)
· East Midlands (South)
· North West Thames
· South West (Severn)
· Scotland South East (Edinburgh)
· Yorkshire and Humberside (North) 
The job description can be found here: Regional Education Advisor JD PS 2002
The application form can be found here: Regional Advisor Application Form
Please return application forms to Gareth Brennan via [email protected] for further details.

An opportunity to engage and influence in a leadership national leadership role with the national co-leads for GIRFT workstreams ensuring they are informed by and aligned with the RCOphth. This is a non-renumerated role offering opportunities to make connections at a national leadership level and contribute to the improvement of patient care and outcomes in the UK via the RCOphth and GIRFT.

Applicants should be in a substantive NHS consultant or SAS post in England and have experience of successful service management at a regional or national level in the last five years.
Please view the role description and terms of reference below:
Closing date: 23 August 2023
Interviews are expected on 26 September 2022 morning
Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions

We are recruiting more consultants to assess applicants who wish to have their names entered into the Specialist Register through the equivalence route.

This involves reviewing applications from doctors both from the UK and abroad to determine whether their training and subsequent experience is equivalent to that of a recently successful CCT candidate. The RCOphth panel then make a recommendation to the GMC regarding the suitability of an applicant being placed on the Specialist Register.

This important role has a number of benefits for the assessors and also for the profession.

Please read the following:

To apply, complete either the CESR Assessors Application form or CESR Assessors Application form Retired Consultants and return it along with an abridged CV to [email protected].

Successful applicants will be expected to attend a training day.

For any questions, please contact Alex Tytko, Head of Education and Training at [email protected].

We appoint examiners at different grades depending on your experience and eligibility. More details about the different roles and requirements can be found in our information packs below.

Dr. Swetha Maddula – Batambuze (MBChB) SAS Chair of Subcommittee RCOphth

Having graduated from Dundee Medical School in 2006, I have had a keen interest in Ophthalmology since my early medical school years. I commenced Foundation training in Manchester, 1 year at Aintree NHS Trust for Ophthalmology (FTSTA1), then run-through training until 2015 where I commenced my current position in the hometown of Peterborough, joining the Northwest Anglia NHS Trust. Since my arrival the clinical lead and management team have welcomed me to their department, allowing me to grow from strength to strength using my past and present Ophthalmology experience to increase my portfolio skills where possible. This has not been without its ups and downs and I hope my past experiences can help others flourish.

I have a keen interest in Glaucoma, Paediatrics and am now a confident cataract surgeon.

As SAS Chair I aim to help our Specialty, Specialists, Associate Specialist Doctors and Locally Employed Doctors ( LED’s), feel worthy of their positions and respected in their roles. We are the key footprint to the NHS providing stability for their patients in a department, especially during the Covid Pandemic. I would hope the future of our SAS workforce can be encouraged in a positive light for those wishing for alternative career paths in Ophthalmology, to have a better work-life balance. We encourage our SAS to be assertive yet accommodative to respective departments, as we all know there needs to be a shared balanced approach to improving the experience and well-being of our doctors.

Please watch out for our College News articles, do join us if you wish to contribute! We welcome your comments and articles…We are no longer Invisible and we plan for our RCOphth committee to be active in the new INSPIRE online platform with the colleges new resources for members.

My email: [email protected]

The College Staff and Associate Specialist committee is seeking members of the College who work in the SAS grade to represent SAS doctors. Committee members may also be asked to represent the SAS doctors on the RCOphth’s other committees. For full responsibilities of the role please refer to the group’s Terms of Reference.

If you are able to commit your time and energy to promote the role of SAS doctors in ophthalmology we are looking for new group members. To apply please fill in this Application Form and return it to [email protected].

If you would like to have a chat about the role, please contact Dr Swetha Maddula Batambuze, Chair SAS Committee at [email protected].

The College is seeking Fellows, Members or Affiliate Members to join the Surgical Skills Faculty.

Applicants must either hold a UK substantive consultant post, be a SAS Doctor or be an ophthalmic trainee at ST6 or ST7 level.

Faculty Members who are appointed for the advanced courses shall, in addition, indicate their areas of subspecialty interest and expertise. Members may be invited to help and advise with regard to writing course material and designing course programmes.

You may download the SAS & Consultant Application Form, or the Trainee Application Form. These must be returned to [email protected].

Advisory Appointment Committees, or AACs, are recruitment panels used when hiring consultants and specialty doctors in Trusts across the UK. The College works with Trusts and other NHS bodies to approve job descriptions and send a volunteer College adviser to provide College guidance on the suitability of the applicants for appointment. Here you can find information about becoming an AAC representative and what Trusts need to provide to the College for recruitment.

RCOphth’s role in AACs

College involvement in AACs is important. Anyone hiring an consultant ophthalmologist for an NHS provider must organise an AAC recruitment interview, with a College representative on all panels for consultant appointments. Our Regional Representatives approve job descriptions to ensure job planning offers adequate SPAs and staffing in hospital ophthalmology departments can meet its training, administration and clinical experience needs. We rely on consultant ophthalmologists volunteering as AAC reps to provide a robust and thorough process for the recruitment of vital consultants in ophthalmology.

AAC Representatives

As an AAC adviser you will work alongside RCOphth regional representatives to provide quality assurance of appointed consultants by attending recruitment interviews. Your external perspective will ensure candidates are suitable to fulfill all elements of the role. This safeguards patients and the NHS provider.

You will:

  • Ensure a candidate is fit to train the next generation of ophthalmologists
  • Check that a candidate can offer safe and efficient patient care within the needs of the department
  • Ensure a fair and impartial recruitment process that accurately reflects a candidate’s suitability for the role

We recruit for AAC representatives on an ongoing basis. We receive requests from Trusts for an AAC representative every month at locations throughout the UK, so we’re looking for representatives from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We welcome applications from those with at least one years’ experience as a consultant ophthalmologist within the NHS. You do not need to have any prior experience as an AAC representative, you will be provided with guidance to support you in this role.  However, you must have had Trust approved equality and diversity training in the last 3 years.

Email [email protected] to add your name to our list of AAC representatives, or request further information. We send weekly emails to our representatives with a full list of AACs that we’re seeking a volunteer for. We endeavor to provide as much notice as possible and you can volunteer for as many as you are able to do. Expenses can be claimed from the hiring Trust.

Acting as an examiner for the College is an important role and carries with it responsibility for maintaining the high standards expected of candidates wishing to become Diplomates, Members or Fellows of the College. The panel of examiners consists of both medical practitioners who are Fellows, Members or Affiliate Members of the College and lay examiners drawn from the College’s Lay Advisory Group.

Examining for the College also offers the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the UK, keep your general ophthalmic knowledge up to date and gain CPD.

Further details on the roles and requirements of being an examiner are available in the Panel of Examiners – General Information Pack and relevant information packs below.  If you’d like to discuss any of the roles further, please contact the Examinations Department ([email protected])

Panel of Examiners – General Information Pack

Consultant and post-CCT Grade Examiners – Information Pack

SAS Grade Examiners – Information Pack

Trainee Grade Examiners – Information Pack

Certificate in Laser and Refractive Surgery (CertLRS) Examiners

Optometrist Examiners (for Refraction Certificate exams) – Information Pack
Examiner Application Pack for Optometrists

Examiners Code of Conduct

The College values the work carried out by its tutors and has a number of resources available to them. Please complete the College-Tutor-Nomination-Form if you are interested in the role.

College Tutors (CTs) have overall responsibility as lead trainers for the postgraduate training in the unit and are the point of contact with the Royal College.  They are an important component to the delivery of a successful training programme across the country and therefore the work they do is greatly appreciated by the College.

Within the unit, CTs lead and work closely with a team of Clinical Supervisors (CS, responsible for day-to-day supervision of trainees) and Educational Supervisors (ES, responsible for the global supervision and support of trainees).

Beyond the unit, CTs will liaise with Directors of Medical Education (DMEs) in the Trust, Training Programme Directors (TPDs) at the LETB/Deanery and Regional Education Advisers (REAs) appointed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Regional Education Advisers are listed in the Ophthalmic Directory .

These are useful local sources of help and support if required.  Bigger units might wish to consider appointing an Associate-College-Tutor with whom duties may be shared.

Newly-appointed College Tutors are expected to attend a College Tutor Training Day within six months of appointment.  These workshops also serve as refresher for College Tutors on their second term.

College Tutor Training Day

The aim of the day is to examine the main duties of a College Tutor and discuss the delivery and assessment of training. It will also give the opportunity to ask questions about College work and meet other College Tutors.  To book a place, please complete and return the combined College-Tutor-Nomination-Form.

The training day is also suitable for Associate College Tutors who support CTs in their role.