We provide ophthalmic training and education for eye doctors at all levels, including undergraduate medical students, post-graduate specialty registrars and fellows, and academic clinical fellows and lecturers. Regular courses in various specialist areas are run at our main hospital in London’s City Road, many of them in association with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. We also welcome doctors from around the world to observe our renowned treatment of eye diseases and injuries.
Post Graduate Medical Education Centre
Our post Graduate Medical Education Centre (PGME) deals with many aspects of education for trainee doctors, medical students and optometrists, and hosts regular educational lectures for medical staff.
The PGME at Moorfields provides:
• An education and training facility for junior doctors in training, including a lecture theatre and seminar room with teleconferencing facilities and an Eyesi simulator
• A variety of educational activities both for junior doctors in training and consultants' continuing professional development (CPD)
• Protected teaching sessions for junior doctors, with some case presentations on a weekly basis
• A regular teaching timetable for resident staff
• Courses throughout the year, some of which are open to external as well as internal candidates
• Access to the joint library of ophthalmology, based at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which houses a high stock of books and journals, both electronically and in hard copy
To contact the PGME, please call 020 7253 3411 ex 2248 or email Education@moorfields.nhs.uk.
Post-graduate medical training
UCL Partners, of which we are a partner organisation, is the lead provider responsible for organising post-graduate ophthalmic specialty training across the whole of North London. Overall satisfaction rates in the 2012 General Medical Council (GMC) training survey were again very high for Moorfields, and we were rated as a positive outlier – meaning that we were much better than average – for access to educational resources.
Trainees from across London also perform very well in national exams. For example, in the part two Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) exam, the pass rate for London trainees was 63% in the oral exam and 100% in the written exam, compared to a national pass rate of 51% and 84% respectively.
We run an innovative training programme in clinical leadership and management for trainee ophthalmologists. These combine seminars in major skills areas with participation in and leadership of quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) projects. The QIPP element involves fledgling leaders working with a consultant or senior colleague mentor to lead a multidisciplinary team to complete a project that leads to service change or improvement. Their learning is mapped against the national medical leadership competency framework and allows them to put their knowledge and skills into real-life NHS practice to achieve a change for the better for patients and the trust.
We also continue to host and develop the London Deanery ophthalmic simulation programme and have recently expanded participation, both internally and across the South East. There are now more than 150 active users and we have been able to train several associate simulation trainers who are also regularly involved in the training course.
Our Director of Post Graduate Medical Education is Mr. Paul Sullivan.
Consultant ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 1993
Director of education, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 2005
Board member, London School of Ophthalmology since 2008
Chair, North Central London clinical tutors group 2010
Clinical lead, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at Watford General Hospital.