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 at the beginning of the month in March, June, September and December. The decision of the Council of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists will be final.

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.

Subscription Fees for 2021 - Please see this page for the current rates
Membership Benefits - Please see this page for the range of membership benefits


Affiliate Membership

Applications are welcomed from Consultants, SAS ophthalmologists, including Associate Specialists, Staff Grades, Specialty Doctors, Clinical Assistants and non-training Trust Grades

Applications are also welcomed from those 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

Trainee membership is opened only to those who have been through a recruitment process and appointed to an Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) post within the UK – whether run-through or Locum Appointment for Training (LAT).
 

Membership will send an email when it is time to enrol. If you have not received an invite to enrol within one month of your start date please contact the Education and Training department.

 Trainee Membership Application
Download DD Form

Membership by Election

Membership by Election is open to:

UK NHS Applicants

Must be a newly appointed Substantive NHS consultant in ophthalmology or a SAS doctor in ophthalmology in a Substantive NHS post for 5 years

UK Non-NHS Applicants

Must be a substantive Consultant in a Non-NHS UK Healthcare provider for 3 years
 

Overseas Applicants

Must be a substantive Consultant in ophthalmology in a Healthcare provider for 3 years or more


All doctors applying for MRCOphth should be practicing at a clinical standard which meets the College standards and Guidelines and is delivering a high quality and safe personal care to patients. The nature and quality of a candidate’s clinical responsibilities should be clear.
The job plan should provide evidence of having a good balance of clinics and theatres being run at a level of a SAS doctor or a consultant based on the criterion being applied for. In addition, evidence of clinical governance, regular audits, research, leadership, service improvement and teaching will need to be provided.

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
Download Membership reference form

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

Be in a substantive NHS Consultant post in ophthalmology for 5 years or more

UK Non-NHS Applicants

Be in a substantive Consultant in ophthalmology in a Non-NHS UK Healthcare provider for 6 years or more

Overseas Applicants

Must be a substantive Consultant in ophthalmology in a Healthcare provider for 6 years or more

All doctors applying for FRCOphth should be practicing at a clinical standard which meets the College standards and Guidelines and delivering a high quality and safe personal care to patients. The nature and quality of a candidate's clinical responsibilities should be clear. The job plan should provide evidence of having a good balance of clinics and theatres being run at a level of a consultant. In addition, evidence of clinical governance, regular audits, research, leadership, service improvement and teaching will need to be provided.

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
Download Fellowship reference form