Working within the rapidly expanding field of Ophthalmology, Healthcare Scientists are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS, supporting the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of diseases of the eye and visual system.
Ophthalmic imagers specifically work in a fast-paced, challenging and stimulating environment which combines the use of both traditional and innovative technologies in order to provide excellent patient care and clinical support.
By studying Ophthalmic Imaging, learners gain access to leading expertise, facilities and technology. We provide opportunities to enable learners to gain the knowledge, skills, and clinical experiences that will nurture a rewarding career in Ophthalmic healthcare services.
Our strong links to the NHS, hospitals and clinicians have helped us to shape our curriculum and ensure the relevance of the content covered to the workplace. This programme has specifically been developed in partnership with clinical practitioners in Ophthalmology at Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Throughout the 3-year programme, learners complete specific performance competencies that are outlined in the Healthcare Science Practitioner (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship Standard. Learners study a variety of healthcare science topics which are then applied in the workplace in order to develop clinical skills.
This programme is predominantly delivered as a distanced, blended learning programme with periodic face-to-face teaching being scheduled throughout the year. This model gives learners the flexibility to plan their learning around other commitments as our online teaching materials are available 24/7.
A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to cater for individual learning needs. Methods include self-directed learning, discussion and debate forums, simulation exercises, portfolio building, group work, scientific practicals, seminar presentations, scientific enquiry, active learning sets, reflection-on and in-practice, and context/problem-based learning.