Professional certificate in medical retina is recognised by NHS

Development will enable those who complete the professional qualification to be exempt from the majority of the NHS England diabetic eye screening training

09 Jun 2017 by Florence Adu-Yeboah

In a move that will make the professional certificate in medical retina more appealing to a wide range of optometrists, the College of Optometrists and Public Health England have aligned the College-accredited certificate with the new level three diploma for health screeners (diabetic eye).

This development will allow optometrists who study for the updated professional certificate in medical retina to cover all of the requirements for the level three diploma for health screeners (diabetic eye), with the exception of the diabetic retinopathy imaging unit, without carrying out the majority of the NHS England diabetic eye screening programme, training (DESP). 

Director of education at the College of Optometrists, Jackie Martin, told OT: “This is a great development for those who complete the professional certificate in medical retina. Optometrists with our revised qualification will be automatically exempt from the majority of the NHS England DESP training.

“It means that if you have the revised College-accredited qualification, and you are working where optometry-based diabetic retinopathy screening programmes are commissioned, you could be part of the local service pathway with a qualification specifically aimed at optometrists.”

She continued: “We’re expecting that this alignment will make the professional certificate more attractive to a range of optometrists; those practising in areas where DESP schemes are commissioned, optometrists and hospital optometrists looking to get involved with secondary and arbitration grading, and optometrists who have an interest in medical retina and diabetic retinal imaging.” 

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    Anonymous

    I hold the Prof Cert Med Ret as well. So how do we get involve in the scheme? Will the college provide the NHS with a list of Optoms with the Med Ret? It is a bit unclear at the moment. Will there be some sort of 'register/list' for the NHS to use.

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    Anonymous

    Morning both, These are both valid questions and I would suggest contacting the College of Optometrists for further information. Many thanks.

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    Anonymous

    Hi, I hold the full Diploma in Diabetic Eye Screening and would like to study for the Professional Certificate in Medical Retina. Does this acknowledgement work both ways i.e. will my Diploma exempt me from or credit me part of the Prof Certificate?

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    Anonymous

    Hi, I already have the medical retina qualification so will this align as well or if not is there a way to upgrade? Thanks

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