College invites applications to offer new higher qualifications in Paediatric Eye Care and Low Vision

  • 19 Oct 2015

The College of Optometrists has added three new qualifications to its suite of specialist higher qualifications.

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The College of Optometrists has added three new qualifications to its suite of specialist higher qualifications. The Professional Certificate and Professional Higher Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care, as well as a Diploma in Low Vision, are now ready for universities and training providers, including hospitals, to offer alongside their existing eye health qualifications.

The Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care has been produced for optometrists, particularly those working in primary care, who want to develop their skills and build their confidence when working with children. It will cover areas such as vision screening pathways and will support development, communication and delivery of a management plan for infants and children. Candidates will also have the opportunity to advance to the Professional Higher Certificate in Paediatrics.

In addition, a Diploma in Low Vision will complete the set of Low Vision higher qualifications. The Low Vision Professional Certificate is currently provided by Cardiff and City universities and the Higher Professional Certificate delivered by Cardiff University. These new awards join the growing range of College higher qualifications, including those focussing on glaucoma, medical retina and contact lenses, and are expected to be available to candidates next year.

Jackie Martin, Director of Education at the College says: “We’re delighted to announce these higher qualifications as the latest additions to the existing College accredited qualifications. They provide excellent professional development opportunities in a range of topic areas and at different levels. We know from our recent survey of successful higher qualifications candidates that there is demand for qualifications and training in paediatric eye care as well as for all the low vision levels.

“Providers can offer these qualifications as standalone courses or can adapt their existing modules or programmes to fit the College learning outcomes. The courses can be offered in partnership with other providers, including hospitals, enabling providers to reach a wider market.”

The College is now inviting applications from any providers for the Professional Certificate and Professional Higher Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care and the Diploma in Low Vision.

Anyone interested in applying for one of these higher qualifications should contact the education team at emily.stevens@college-optometrists.org to have their details passed on to the provider. Providers interested in offering these qualifications can find further information and an application form at www.college-optometrists.org/HQ.
 

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