Are you ready to deliver enhanced services?

Our education team has created postgraduate qualifications for the shared care landscape in which optometrists and their patients now find themselves.

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Author: Jacqueline Martin, Director of Education
Date: 4 March 2015

Are you already delivering enhanced services or considering what part you can play? If so, are you confident you have the knowledge and skills to embrace this developing role in both primary and hospital eye care services? The College’s Education team has been working hard to create the postgraduate qualifications that optometrists need for the new shared care landscape in which they and their patients now find themselves.

Our higher qualifications framework now covers a range of subject areas from Contact lens practice and Glaucoma to Low vision and Medical retina. These courses offer challenging content, delivered by high quality course providers across the UK. You can see which courses are available by visiting our Accredited courses page.

We designed the qualifications with enhanced services in mind, for example the Medical retina professional certificate prepares optometrists to commence working under supervision in medical retina new patient triage clinics and AMD treatment-retreatment clinics. The Glaucoma professional higher certificate is for optometrists aiming to work in community or hospital-based schemes, involving the diagnosis of OHT and preliminary diagnosis of COAG.

324 optometrists have already qualified in Glaucoma and Low vision higher qualifications and we know they value the flexible delivery models and the up to the minute content. Are you ready to join this growing pool of optometrists who wish to validate their professional development with a College-accredited course? I know many of you are waiting to take the higher level award in Glaucoma or the new Contact lens practice qualification and I'm delighted to announce these are now available.

We have listened to your feedback that many of you want your expertise gained from a College accredited qualification to be visible to patients, employers and commissioners.

We have listened to your feedback that many of you want your expertise gained from a College accredited qualification to be visible to patients, employers and commissioners. We have now created a new series of affixes for all our higher qualifications. The GOC have agreed to include these affixes on the GOC register. If you are a College member you can add your affix to your directory listing on our consumer website Look after your eyes so patients can see this at a glance. I’m delighted that employers are also getting involved and Vision Express has already decided to put these affixes on their staff badges.

If you are a College member you can read more about the development of the optometrist’s role in our latest issue of Optometry in Practice.

If you have any questions regarding the College’s higher qualifications, please call 0207 7766 4354. 

Jacqueline Martin

Jackie has a degree in European Studies and a PGCE (post compulsory education). She spent 15 years teaching in the UK and overseas before joining the College in 2005 as Examination Coordinator. She became Director of Education in 2012 and is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of education within the College.
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