Higher qualifications in paediatric eye care

The College’s higher qualifications in paediatric eye care enable you to develop and adapt your routine to meet the specific needs of younger patients.

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Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care (Prof Cert Paed Eye Care)

This qualification provides optometrists with confidence and practical skills needed for working with infants and children, and helps prepare them for extended roles within community and hospital optometry. There is a particular emphasis on child-friendly testing procedures and successful examination. 

Topics covered include: 

  • typical visual development and common abnormal visual outcomes 
  • vision screening pathways 
  • communication 
  • strengths and limitations of tests and techniques 
  • assessment of infants’ and children’s visual function 
  • infants and children with developmental disabilities: 
  • appropriate dispensing and management plans 
  • safeguarding children.

Learning outcomes

Providers

Cardiff University

Entry requirements:GOC-registered optometrists 

Course length: One year 

Course delivery: Online learning including lectures, case discussions and webinars, practical days including workshops and clinical experience, and case discussions

Placement: No

Assessment: Online written coursework, practical assessment (OSCE)

Masters level credits: 20

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City, University of London

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrists 

Course length: Three months 

Course delivery: Online learning and self-directed study, practical lectures and workshops.

Placement: No

Assessment:

Written assessment inc SAQ, PMCS, practical assessment (OSCE), assessment of case records 

Masters level credits: 15

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Ulster University

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrists 

Course length: 14 weeks  

Course delivery: Online learning including video skills demos, online discussions and self-directed study, online or on-campus tutorials

Placement: No

Assessment: Written assessment (online) including MCQ, SAQ,  case reports, written assignments, online case discussion and skills demonstrations

Masters level credits: 20

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Professional Higher Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care (Higher Cert Paed)

This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed to provide a high standard of paediatric eye care. The course builds on the core knowledge Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care to enable practitioners to deliver eye care to more complex paediatric cases and specialist populations, and to understand the evidence for developing management options.

Topics covered include: 

  • the evidence base for current clinical practice in paediatric eye care
  • the impact of visual impairment on childhood development
  • common causes of developmental disability 
  • communicating effectively with children and their parents/carers
  • practical skills to assess and manage children 
  • formulating an evidence-based management strategy for children’s eye care 
  • working with other professionals involved with children

Learning outcomes

Providers

Cardiff University

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrists 

Course length: Two terms or one academic year from September to July.

Course delivery: Online learning, practical workshops, training days and webinars

Placement: No

Assessment: Case discussions, OSCE stations, written case reports 

Masters level credits: 20

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Key 
KFS – key feature scenarios
MCQ - multiple choice questions
OSCE - objective structured clinical examination
PMCS  - patient management case scenario
SAQ – short answer questions
VRICS -  visual recognition and interpretation of clinical signs 

 

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