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The Royal College of Ophthalmologists appoints new Vice President for Policy and Communications

Declan Flanagan, consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital, has been appointed as the new Vice President for Policy and Communications at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth). Declan will officially take up the post following the RCOphth AGM in May at this year’s Annual Congress in Glasgow. In this role Declan will support the RCOphth President

Quality and Safety

Healthcare quality and safety must be paramount in all ophthalmic services and at the centre of ophthalmic clinical professional practice. Clinical governance is the system or process by which quality and safety are delivered and continuously improved. High quality care essentially describes care which achieves good outcomes for patients through the provision of evidence based

Trustee Board

Michael Burdon Mr Michael (Mike) Burdon is a consultant ophthalmologist with an interest in neuro-ophthalmology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He underwent subspecialty training in Brisbane, St Thomas’ Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Mike was chair of the RCOphth Scientific Committee and remains chair of the British

Governance Update

Council wishes to change the governance structure of the College by creating a Trustee Board to improve oversight of the financial and legal affairs of the RCOphth and by opening up electoral processes. We have obtained informal approval of the proposed changes from the Privy Council Office and can now proceed to the formal stage. Members

Responsibilities of Council Members

Council members are elected by the Fellows and Members of their region. Being a council member carries responsibilities but should also be a productive and rewarding experience. It enables an ophthalmologist to contribute to the work of the College and to take part in the national debate about ophthalmology. Meetings are usually held in clusters