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Nursing staff invited to free study day at University of Gloucestershire

Nurses and healthcare assistants are being invited to learn more about eye surgery and care at a free study day at University of Gloucestershire.

The study day, which has been arranged by leading ophthalmologists Newmedica Gloucester, is being held at the University’s Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester on Saturday 19 February between 10am and 3pm.

Attendees will hear from five guest speakers, including Newmedica Medical Director and consultant ophthalmology partner at the Gloucester clinics, Nigel Kirkpatrick, and the University’s Strategic Lead for Partnerships and Projects, Nick Oxlade.

They will be joined by Professor Veronica Hope-Haley from the University of Bath, James North from eye care suppliers Alcon, and John Dade from the Association for Perioperative Practice.

Nigel Kirkpatrick (pictured below) said: “We want to give the local nursing community the chance to network and learn from and question our speakers in a relaxed environment, and hope that as many nurses and healthcare assistants as possible can join us on the day.”

The University’s School of Health and Social Care offers a range of professional heath programmes taught by experienced lecturers and staff and providing students with access to cutting-edge facilities and placement opportunities.

The University, which has seen a significant increase in student nursing enrolments over the past five years, announced last year that it was pleased to be working with Newmedica as a new placement partner.

Looking ahead to the 19 February event, Nick Oxlade said: “We are excited to be developing our relationship with Newmedica, having worked closely with them over the past three years to provide clinical training for our healthcare trainees and postgraduate employment opportunities.

“We are looking forward to sharing our experience of developing Health and Social Care programmes and our exciting plans for growing the number of Health and Social Care graduates over the coming years with those that can attend this conference.”

To attend the event on 19 February, nurses and healthcare assistants should email