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Our Strategy

Our Strategic Plan 2020 – 2022 covers four areas of work, influencing and campaigning that supports a more sustainable future for ophthalmology. The four pillars of our strategy are Our Purpose, Workforce, Leading and Evolving.

Our Strategic Plan 2020 – 2022, developed in consultation with our members and staff, directs and prioritises key policy, operational and campaign activities over the next three years. Our Members, College Officers and staff will do this in collaboration with national healthcare organisations and decision-makers across all four nations responsible for policy, education and training.

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.

We continue to assess healthcare, technology and policy changes that may influence what we do strategically and operationally for the ophthalmic workforce. No more is this evident than how the COVID-19 pandemic is currently affecting the care of patients and the workforce. This has accelerated closer collaborative working with partners in primary care to influence national healthcare policy and workforce planning across all four nations to deliver a high standard of eye care services.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists believes that everyone should have access to high quality eye care. Our staff, College Officers and our partners form close and hard working relationships to deliver on the aims of our strategic plan.

Kathy Evans, Chief Executive

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’. 

Download the RCOphth Strategic Plan 2020-2022