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College Roles

The College is a membership organisation and relies on member participation. A survey undertaken in February 2010 revealed that 44% of Consultant members are involved in College activities. Below are the roles we actively recruit for and which help to shape the work of the College and the ophthalmic sector.

Advisory Appointments Committees
Regional Representatives
CPD Co-ordinators
Regional Education Advisers
College Tutors


Current vacancies

Role Summary Closing date for application
BOSU Chair The Chairman of the BOSU will lead the operation of the nationwide surveillance unit to support independent researchers to undertake epidemiological investigation of uncommon ophthalmological conditions of scientific or public health importance.

The chair will be responsible for maintaining a continuous understanding of the operation and activities of BOSU.

Please read the full role description and download the application form and return to barny.foot@rcophth.ac.uk.

17.00, Friday 15 June 2018
TTT Course Lead and Sub-committee Member The Training the Trainers Sub-committee is currently recruiting for two new positions.

The Training the Trainers Sub-committee is responsible to the Education Committee of the College.

The role of the Sub-committee is to help ensure that the principal educational purposes of the College are fulfilled by running courses for specific groups of trainers – Advanced, College Tutors, Supervisor, Trainees, SAS and overseas.

This post is open to consultants, so please check the job description and person specification carefully.

Application forms should be completed and returned to alex.tytko@rcophth.ac.uk.

17.00, Friday 15 June 2018
2 x Informatics and Audit Sub-committee Members Interested in healthcare informatics and audit matters? Want your considerable knowledge and experience to be put to good use? You can apply to become a member of the Informatics and Audit Sub-committee!

This Sub-committee advises the College on aspects relating to information technology, data processing and audit. Part of the work will include supporting the use of ophthalmic national datasets, national clinical audits, electronic medical records (EMR) and other IT systems in ophthalmology to improve services for patients.

This is a three year appointment, which is renewable for a further three years. Applicants must be Ophthalmologists with an NHS appointment in either a substantive career or training grade post of at least 3 years’ standing and have Membership or Fellowship of the College.

For further information, please view the job description and the Informatics and Audit terms of reference. To apply, please download the application form.

17.00, Friday 29 June 2018
International Medical Graduates (IMG) Sub-committee Chair The International Medical Graduates’ Training Sub-committee of the College is responsible for administering the Dual Sponsorship Scheme on behalf of the Council of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and reports into the Training Committee.  The post of sub-committee Chair will become available from 1 October 2018, so we are inviting applications for this role now.

It is open to consultants only, so please check the IMG Subcommittee Chair JD and Person Specification carefully. To apply, complete the Application form for IMG Sub Committee Chair.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists acts as a sponsoring body for International Medical Graduates (IMG) who wish to spend time undertaking part of their training in ophthalmology in the United Kingdom. The College established a Dual Sponsorship Scheme in April 1994 to enable International Medical Graduates of exceptional ability to come to the UK for a period of training.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 17 July 2018 between 09.00 – 10.00 and we are able to organise Skype interviews.

If you have any questions about the role or the application process, then please contact Alex Tytko alex.tytko@rcophth.ac.uk

17.00, Friday 6 July 2018
Regional Education Advisers Regional Education Advisers (REA) are appointed by Council to represent the College in education and training within their LETB/Deanery regions. They will work closely with Postgraduate Deans, Training Programme Directors, College Tutors and The School of Ophthalmology to promote high standards of training, delivery of curriculum and excellence in education for consultants and career-grade posts. They are responsible for the development of College Tutors and other Trainers in their region. They also have a specific role in advising and assessing those in alternative training pathways and applying for CESR.

One REA is appointed for each of the regions. The initial term of office is three years and REAs are eligible for re-appointment for a further three-year term.

We currently have vacancies for the following regions:

  1. North West Thames
  2. South Western (Peninsula)
  3. Northern
  4. East of England
  5. Scotland North (Aberdeen)
  6. Scotland East (Dundee)

If there is a vacancy you are interested in applying for, please call Tanna Hawkins on 020 3770 5359 or email education@rcophth.ac.uk

Download the REA job description and person specification, and the REA application form.

17.00, Tuesday 31 July 2018
CESR Assessors We are recruiting more consultants to assess applicants who wish to have their name entered on to 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.

You may read the full advert here.

Read the Job description and person specification, guidance document and complete the application form, attaching an abridged CV to equiavalence@rcophth.ac.uk

Training Days for 2018 are 25 April 2018 and 10 September 2018 and successful applicants will be expected to attend one of these dates.

Applications accepted throughout the year
Surgical Skills Faculty 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 Consultant and SAS application form, or the Trainee application form.

These must be returned to skills.centre@rcophth.ac.uk.

Applications accepted throughout the year
SAS Committee Members I am a member of this committee for a few years now and I am happy to say that it has been an amazing experience. Upon reflection I would say most  important point would be the experience of involvement with college!

Since I joined this committee I got insight into how decisions are made in various committees and how to arrange seminars like SAS national eye day and SAS forum during college congress. I think it will be a great experience!” (Dipen Boghani, South West Thames)

The College Staff and Associate Specialist committee is seeking members of the College who work in the SAS grade, to be regional representatives to represent all the SAS doctors in their region. 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 promoting the role of SAS doctors in ophthalmology we are looking for representatives for the following regions: Mersey, SE Thames, North West, South West, Wessex. To apply please fill in an application form and return it to sas@rcophth.ac.uk.

If you would like to have a chat about the role, please contact Bronwen Attrup, Chair SAS Committee bronwen.attrup@ulh.nhs.uk

Applications accepted throughout the year