5.10 Hospital eye service (HES) NHS experience

If you are based in community practice, you must complete hospital eye service (HES) experience.

This will help you learn about multi-disciplinary working in a hospital eye department as well as ophthalmology specialities and their role in detecting and managing eye conditions. 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may not be possible for you to secure a placement in a hospital eye service, so there are two ways to meet this requirement. Either:

Spend at least 10 sessions in a hospital eye service during Stage One. We recommend two weeks full time equivalent to give a detailed insight into NHS eye care. You must complete the HES logbook as evidence of your experience.


Complete all nine modules of our virtual hospital eye service experience. The course is flexible, but your employer should give you the equivalent of 5 days study leave to complete it, including a compulsory interactive low vision module. You must complete the feedback for each module and download each module certificate. You do not need to complete the HES logbook.

Once you have completed the HES experience, show your hospital logbook or nine certificates to your assessor during a Stage One visit.