The Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London (UCL), Institute of Ophthalmology joint partnership is proud to introduce new qualifications in Advanced Clinical Optometry.
Medical Retina Level 1 (Professional certificate)
This certificate provides community and hospital based optometrists with knowledge of common medical retina conditions and includes topics covering screening, referral and treatment pathways, with an emphasis on optical coherence tomography (OCT) interpretation and diabetic retinopathy grading.
It will enable community and hospital based optometrists to make accurate and appropriate referral decisions for patients with medical retina conditions. It prepares optometrists to commence working under supervision in medical retina new patient triage clinics and AMD treatment-retreatment clinics. It will also prepare optometrists to commence working in photography based diabetic retinopathy screening services
The course curriculum follows the College of Optometrists learning outcomes for the Professional Certificate in Medical Retina. The curriculum will be delivered via a series of units, which will include:
1. Anatomy and physiology of the retina and macula
2. Communication and examination skills
3. Retinal imaging, with an emphasis on OCT imaging
4. Age-related macular degeneration
5. Retinal vein occlusions and other retinal vascular conditions
6. Retinal and macular pathology
7. Diabetes and diabetic retinopathy
8. Treatments for medical retina disorders
9. Referral management of acute retinal pathology
10. Current clinical management guidelines.
Optometrists working at this level should
• possess a minimum of a BSc(Hons) on Optometry or equivalent
• be a UK General Optical Council registered optometrist for those who want the College of Optometrists Higher Qualification.
THE COURSE STRUCTURE
This course is equivalent to 15 credits.
The course will start with an induction half day where you will be invited to meet key tutors and network with fellow students. You will also get details of the course and what is expected of during your study.
The course will start shortly after the induction day when you will get access to the online content. The delivery of the taught part of the course will include:
ONLINE TAUGHT COMPONENT
This will include online lessons, self-test activities, informal assessments and forum discussions. The online component will be delivered in the form of interactive lessons. You will have approximately three months to complete the online component.
At the end of each unit, you will be expected to carry out a self-test assessment or activity to reinforce what has been learned in that particular unit for which there will be instant feedback.
In addition to this, you will be required to research two assignments during the three months, and one medical retina case study, which will be discussed during the face to face days. You will be expected to spend approximately 10 hours a week studying the online component.
FACE TO FACE COMPONENT
Face to face lectures, patient observation sessions, tutorials, practical sessions and group case study discussions will form the content of the face-to-face day. This will be undertaken after the online component.
You will then get 4-6 weeks after the face to face day to revise what you have learned during the online component and face to face day before undertaking the summative (formal) assessments.
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS (EXAMS)
These will consist of a written exam made up of MCQs, OSCEs, patient management case scenarios in the form of key features, and visual recognition of clinical signs. Results of the summative assessment will be released within 4 weeks of the written exam.
WHAT ROUTES CAN I TAKE?
The courses have been designed so that students will have the option of tailoring the education to their needs. Two routes will therefore be offered:
1. COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRISTS HIGHER QUALIFICATION
Includes the course and assessments, students will gain:
• The College of Optometrists Higher Qualification and affix
• CET points
2. THEORETICAL PROGRAMME
Includes course attendance (online and face to face component, but NO assessments) students will gain
• CET points only
ROUTE 1: College of Optometrists qualification £1000.00
ROUTE 2: Theoretical qualification £800.00
For further details contact:
• Clinical queries:
Mr Nawtej Bhatoa Optometry Module lead for Medical Retina
• General queries and registration:
Mr Azhar Aziz (Programme Administrator)