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National Recruitment for Ophthalmic Specialist Training

Health Education South West (Severn) coordinate national recruitment into Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) on behalf of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Candidates are able to preference all available posts across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

All enquiries should be made directly to the recruiting team either by ringing 01454 252610 or emailing [email protected] .

Please follow the links below for further information about the 2022 recruitment process.



The College has produced additional information by region for trainees applying for National Recruitment to assist in deciding on preference – please click here to see the list of regions.


Medical Ophthalmology

There was a change to the ST3 Medical Ophthalmology entry requirements in 2016.  Trainees from an ophthalmology background – who completed ST2 and passed the FRCOphth Part 1 by August 2016 – may be eligible to apply. Successful applicants enter at ST3 level but complete a period of core medical training as part of their programme.

More information is available from the following sources:

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