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Refugee Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is able to offer some assistance to refugee ophthalmologists already in the UK. The opportunity for interaction with other ophthalmologists and access to the College’s educational resources may assist refugee doctors and their potential ophthalmic careers in the UK.

Please note that during the period of assistance such doctors are not entitled to use the College post nominal’s eg MRCOphth. These are only available to people who have passed the relevant College examinations.

Criteria for inclusion – Doctors on the BMA refugee doctors’ database who have passed a postgraduate examination in ophthalmology are eligible to apply for “College registered refugee ophthalmologist” status. This status lasts for one year.

The College offers the following opportunities for proven refugee ophthalmologists:

  1. Free entry to the College Annual Congress meeting for one year only – once the College is satisfied with your proof of status you will be notified by the College with regard to the registration process for Congress.
  2. Free access to the College Scientific Journal EYE and CPD system for one year; this includes access to the Membership section of the College website.
  3. Access to attend one Microsurgical Skills Course. Access to the courses is dependent on suitability to level of expertise and availability of places.

Mechanism for requesting assistance – applications for assistance from the College should be directed to Jo Longden, who will provide further information. The College reserves the right to interview applicants to assess their suitability for assistance and attendance at the microsurgical skills course (if this course is requested). Any further questions regarding training can be answered by the Education and Training Department at the College.

Please note that after the agreed year has finished the College is unable to offer further access to College assistance through this scheme. Those who fulfil the appropriate criteria may apply to become a College member, details are available from the Membership Department.

The College, unfortunately, does not have the resources to assist doctors with GMC registration.

Clare Davey
Chairman International Sub-committe
February 2016


If you have any questions about “College registered refugee ophthalmologist” status please contact Jo Longden at the College.

The NHS-led online information portal ROSE to support refugees and overseas qualified health professionals who are settled in the UK return to work in the health sector is currently unavailable.  Further information may be be found here.