After almost two years in development we are delighted to announce that a new course has been accredited for our Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) with the University of Gloucestershire.
This Healthcare Science Degree Apprenticeship specialises in ophthalmic imaging and has been specifically developed by professionals in the field, to support the growing need for technically skilled Ophthalmic Imaging Practitioners.
Teaching is delivered over three years, with learners achieving a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Ophthalmic Imaging) upon completion. This course has specifically been developed in partnership with clinical practitioners in Ophthalmology at Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Tracy Longden-Thurgood, Healthcare Science Academic Lead at the University of Gloucestershire explains:
“As a qualified Healthcare Science professional, with a passion for education and training, it is fantastic to have co-developed a degree course that will finally recognise the professional role of an Ophthalmic Imager. Completing this ‘first of its kind’ degree will ultimately provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and clinical behaviours needed to enable this specialist workforce to gain professional recognition as well as deliver high quality patient care for years to come.”
Graham Wilson, Regional Dean for Healthcare Science in the South West and Training Programme Director for the Practitioner Training Programme at the National School of Healthcare Science said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to support the University of Gloucestershire to develop a new undergraduate healthcare science degree in ophthalmic imaging. This is an exciting development for ophthalmic services as the degree is the first of its kind to be developed for Ophthalmic Imagers who play a vital role in supporting the diagnosis, treatment, and onward management of patients with a variety of Ophthalmic conditions.”
Professor Berne Ferry, Head of the National School of Healthcare Science and Dean for Healthcare Science said:
“Healthcare Scientists are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS. We are delighted to accredit a new training programme that will work within the rapidly expanding field of Ophthalmology supporting the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of diseases of the eye and visual system.”