Our nursing strategy, Focusing on the Future, provides a clear vision for nurses and associated support staff such as healthcare assistants and technicians. It sets out four strategic objectives to support our target of becoming a centre of excellence in the training and development of ophthalmic nurses, and of ensuring those nurses place patients at the heart of all they do:
- To develop a nursing workforce that is fit to provide ophthalmic care in the 21st century
- To educate nurses and support workers to offer the best clinical care, and become a respected provider of ophthalmic nurse education, with national recognition
- To develop and retain the best clinical leaders of the future, equipping them with the skills and competencies to act as ambassadors for the organisation
- To provide evidence-based, safe care with dignity and compassion
With support from City University London, we continue to participate in and lead on ophthalmic nursing research, and we play an active role in the production of the International Journal of Ophthalmic Practice, a peer-reviewed journal for ophthalmic nurses, orthoptists and allied professionals. Our lead nurse for education and research is one of the consultant editors for the journal, which is published every other month. Several other Moorfields’ nurses also write articles and day-in-the-life features. Recent pieces by our nurses include an article about the experience of learning to use a slit lamp by a staff nurse in A&E, and about research by one of our ward sisters into the pain levels suffered by patients who have undergone retinal surgery.
New roles for nurses
We continue to enable non-medical staff to learn new skills and take on responsibilities previously within the remit only of doctors. This ensures that everyone’s professional expertise is used to the best effect and provides improvements to patient care. For example, some nurses at Moorfields are now qualified to administer intravitreal injections to patients with wet age-related macular degeneration – a service previously provided only by medical staff – while others are trained to provide laser treatment for posterior capsular opacification, a common side-effect of cataract surgery.
For further information about nurse education at Moorfields, please contact lead nurse for education and research Helen Gibbons on 020 7566 2273 or via email.
Moorfields School of Nursing offers a variety training for medical professionals, this page provides a summary of what is on offer. The majority of the training can be booked online on our 'Nursing courses' page however please see the contact details at the bottom of this page for bespoke training.
Courses, study days, workshops and bespoke training
Here at Moorfields we offer a wide range of study day’s, short courses, workshops and bespoke training.
Please see the following pages for what we offer and details of how to apply
Courses Registered staff PG Cert in clinical ophthalmic practice Run in association with UCL partners 4 modules Distance learning with minimum face to face delivery • Clinical experience can be gained in own area • Named Moorfields educator for ongoing support • Access to UCL Library • Free Saturday courses • On line resources to include interactive learning • Recommended web sites • Web chats • Group discussions
New to Ophthalmology
Qualified Staff • 5 Days duration • Covering: • A&P of the eye • Common eye conditions • Vision Awareness session • Ophthalmic Pharmacology & Drop instillation • Common ophthalmic diagnostic tests (Practical & Theory) • Recognising the deteriorating patient • Care of the Diabetic Patient
Non Registered Staff • 3 day duration, incorporating the Care Certificate and covering: • A&P of the eye • Vision awareness session • Common eye conditions • Common ophthalmic diagnostic tests (Practical & Theory) • Care of the Diabetic Patient Aimed at all new staff or those with no or little ophthalmic experience
Non - registered staff In house course for technicians and health care assistants Waiting accreditation by City & Guilds and covers:
• Anatomy and physiology of the eye • Measurement of Visual acuity • Ophthalmic equipment • Basic ophthalmic skills
For further information, please email Helen Gibbons (Lead Nurse for Education and Research) Helen.Gibbons@moorfields.nhs.uk or Charlene Lecky (Administrator) SchoolofNursingTraining@moorfields.nhs.uk
• Basic anatomy & physiology of the eye • Snellen Chart Visual acuity • Log MAR Visual Acuity • Scrubbing skills • Instrumentation in theatre
Dependant on your requirements, we can train your staff either within our classrooms at Moorfields or within your own site.
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 3rd Floor Quality, Safety and Experience Office Kemp House 152-160 City Road London EC1V 2NX
T: 0207 253 3411 EXT 6408