Moorfields and UCL accredited for Professional Higher Certificate in Medical Retina

Moorfields and UCL are now providing seven higher qualification courses

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Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have been accredited as a provider of the Professional Higher Certificate in Medical Retina.

The course, which received accreditation by the College of Optometrists, will begin in January 2022 and last for six months.

The course has been designed to further develop skills in screening, diagnosing, and managing a range of medical retina conditions, building on the Professional Certificate in Medical Retina.

The course features a mixture of online lectures and self-directed study, along with practical days of lectures, workshops, tutorials and case discussions.

A placement in a hospital medical retina clinic is also required, along with a portfolio submission.

Ashish Chokshi, principal optometrist and lead for medical retina at Moorfields, and medical retina module lead at UCL, commented: “We are delighted to have this accreditation from the College, which will enable optometrists to complete the full suite of Medical Retina courses at Moorfields/UCL.”

“We are now providing seven higher qualification courses which allow optometrists to demonstrate an ability to provide the best patient care in their chosen area and this has proven to be especially important throughout the pandemic,” Chokshi added.

Moorfields and UCL also offer a number of higher qualifications in glaucoma and contact lens practice.

The College of Optometrists noted that Moorfields is the first to provide this level of medical retina qualification in the UK.

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has also introduced a new module in Fundamental and Specialist Ocular Emergencies to its Advanced Practice in Optometry and Ophthalmology Master’s.

Announcing the new module on LinkedIn, Dr Anish Jindal, Master’s module lead for Ocular Emergencies at UCL and principal optometrist at Moorfields, said the launch marked the culmination “of 18 months of hard work.”

“These modules have been brought together by world leading clinicians to train the next generation of advanced care practitioners that will encompass enhanced knowledge and clinical skills, which are required to manage patients with a whole range of emergency eye conditions,” he shared. “Thus aiming to deliver even greater quality care for our patients,” he added.