RCOphth Membership


Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the College.

Applications are available for:

  • Affiliate
  • Trainee Affiliate
  • Membership by Election
  • Fellowship by Election
Fellowship and Membership by Election applications must be approved by College Council, which meets in March, June, September and December. The decision of the Council of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists will be final.

If awarded, recipients are entitled to use the post nominals FRCOphth and MRCOphth respectively.  The post nominals may only be used by recipients who are fully paid members.

Please look at the following documents, before completing your application, as you will be asked to confirm that you have understood and agree to the terms and conditions of membership.

Ordinances
Byelaws
Conduct regulations
Privacy Policy

If you already have a record with us, please log in to  complete the application form. This will then be prepopulated with information that we already hold. You will still need to download the relevant documents to send with your application.

Communications
Our Privacy Policy contains details of how your data is used and stored. We take privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account and provide the membership benefits and services as part of your contract. We will never sell your data and we promise to keep your details safe and secure.

As part of your membership we would like to keep you updated on the work of the College, clinical updates, courses and events and other relevant information.

You will be able to choose your contact preferences in the application form and you have the right to amend these at future dates.


Affiliate Membership

Those medical practitioners in the field of ophthalmology who hold qualifications and who are not Fellows or Members of the College.

Those persons approved and admitted by the Council, who hold a higher qualification and are engaged in ophthalmic research but are not medically qualified.


Affiliate Membership Application
Download Affiliate Sponsors form
Download DD Form

Trainee Membership

Those appointed to an Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) post within the UK – whether run-through or Locum Appointment for Training (LAT).

If you have been appointed to an Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) post within the UK – whether run-through or Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) – you will receive an email from the Membership department containing an enrolment link. We will tell you when the system is ready for your application.

If you have not received an invite to enrol within one month of your start date please contact the Education and Training department.

It is important that membership is maintained throughout training as failure to do so will result in the removal of access to the e-portfolio and all other benefits

Trainee Membership Application
Download DD Form

Membership by Election

UK NHS Applicants

  1. Must be a newly appointed Substantive NHS consultant in ophthalmology or a SAS doctor in ophthalmology in a Substantive NHS post for 5 years
  2. If working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide confirmation from responsible office or equivalent of the last annual appraisal (if in post for longer than a year)
  4. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards.
  5. Must be in good standing

UK Non-NHS Applicants

  1. Must be a substantive Consultant in a Non-NHS UK Healthcare provider for 3 years
  2. if working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide evidence of last annual appraisals for the last 3 years
  4. Have a postgraduate qualification in Ophthalmology.
  5. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards
  6. Must be in good standing

Optional

Evidence of Published work in Peer reviewed journals including work as first author.

Overseas Applicants

  1. Must be a substantive Consultant in ophthalmology in a Healthcare provider for 3 years
  2. If working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide confirmation from responsible officer or equivalent of annual appraisal for the last 3 years or equivalent
  4. Have a postgraduate qualification in Ophthalmology.
  5. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards
  6. Must be in good standing
  7. Provide evidence of Published work in Peer reviewed journals including work as first author.

In addition, overseas applicants must provide evidence of one or more of the following activities

  • Teaching, Training and Education
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Academic and Research
  • Leadership

Further details of what should be considered can be found here. Other activities not included in this list may also be considered.

Membership by Election Application
Download DD Form  
Download Membership Supporting Document  
Download Additional Evidence Document for Overseas Applicant

Fellowship by Election

All doctors applying for FRCOphth should be practising at a clinical standard which meets the College’s standards and guidelines and deliver high quality, safe care to patients. The nature and quality of an applicant’s clinical responsibilities should be clear.

Applicants applying for Fellowship by Election must meet the following requirements

UK NHS Applicants

  1. Be in a substantive NHS Consultant post in ophthalmology for 5 years or more
  2. If working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide confirmation from responsible officer or equivalent of the last 5 annual appraisals
  4. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities, showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards
  5. Must be in good standing.

UK Non-NHS Applicants

  1. Be in a substantive Consultant in ophthalmology in a Non-NHS UK Healthcare provider for 6 years or more
  2. If working part time, less than 50%, the time is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide confirmation from responsible officer or equivalent of the last 6 annual appraisals
  4. Have a postgraduate qualification in Ophthalmology.
  5. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards.
  6. Must be in good standing

Optional

Evidence of Published work in Peer reviewed journals including work as first author.

Overseas Applicants

  1. Must be a substantive Consultant in ophthalmology in a Healthcare provider for 6 years or more
  2. If working part-time less than 50%, the time requirement identified above is extended by 1 year for every 10% less than 50%
  3. Provide confirmation from responsible officer or equivalent of annual appraisals for 6 years or equivalent
  4. Have a postgraduate qualification in Ophthalmology.
  5. Provide evidence of quality improvement activities showing evidence of working in accordance with RCOphth guidelines and standards
  6. Must be in good standing

In addition, overseas applicants must provide evidence of one or more of the following activities

  • Teaching, Training and Education
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Academic and Research
  • Leadership

Further details of what should be considered can be found here. Other activities not included in this list may also be considered.

Fellowship by Election Application
Download DD Form  
Download Fellowship Supporting Document  
Download Additional Evidence Document for Overseas Applicant