Cardiff University is first training provider approved to offer the Higher Professional Certificate in Low Vision

  • 13 Jul 2015

Cardiff University will be the first higher education institution to offer this specialist qualification.

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Cardiff University has been approved by the College to offer the Higher Professional Certificate in Low Vision. Cardiff University will be the first higher education institution to offer this specialist qualification, designed to enable optometrists to progress in their careers and offer their patients enhanced services. Students will be able to enrol from now and until 21 August 2015 for the first course which starts on 21 September 2015 and runs until June 2016.

 

The Higher Professional Certificate in Low Vision is part of a growing collection of higher qualifications offered by the College to advance specialist skills and knowledge in order to enable optometrists to provide extended services in key areas such as low vision, glaucoma, contact lens practice and medical retina. Cardiff University already offers the Professional Certificate and Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma, the Professional Certificate in Low Vision and the Professional Certificate in Medical Retina.

The Professional Higher Certificate in Low Vision is designed to improve knowledge and skills for optometrists to provide an enhanced standard of low vision care. This certificate will enable an understanding of the evidence base and will update optometrists on recent developments in vision research, relevant to visual impairment.

Jackie Martin, Director of Education at the College of Optometrists, said: “Through our growing range of higher qualifications, we are giving optometrists the chance to develop the specialist skills and knowledge they need to shape their careers and offer high quality, enhanced services to their patients. Going forward, we’re also working to open up similar opportunities for practices, clinics and training providers, to enable them to respond to developments within the sector.”

Dr Barbara Ryan, Director Postgraduate Teaching at the Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre, Cardiff University said: “We are delighted to add this to the suite of higher qualifications available at Cardiff University. We have been offering the Professional Certificate in Low Vision for a while and this course will enable those with the certificate to advance their practice in the community or in a hospital setting. It is designed for those providing a low vision service to people with complex needs. The course is delivered through flexible supported learning that enables working practitioners to watch lectures and listen to podcasts when it suits them. It also includes two days of practical training and two webinars that provide opportunities to practice new skills and discuss cases with colleagues.” 

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