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City University London announces new one-day short courses for optometrists

City University London has announced that it will be introducing new one-day short courses for optometrists in order to meet the increasing demand for enhanced service delivery in specific areas related to referral management, acute red eye management, paediatric optometry and low vision services.
by Hollie Jenkins

The first round of courses will run later in the year with further dates to be announced for 2012.

Professor Chris Hull, Head of Optometry at City University London said: "The introduction of the courses corresponds with national initiatives that are placing increased focus on optometrists improving their skills in specific areas of service delivery. In particular, there is growing demand for optometrists to improve their proficiency in the areas of referral refinement, acute red eye management, paediatric optometry and low vision services."

City University London has worked closely with Essex Primary Eyecare (service provider to Essex Local Optical Committee) and other key stakeholders to ensure that the courses meet the requirements of current models of care. The courses will also be aligned to the new Higher Qualifications Framework developed by the College of Optometrists.

Taught by specialist optometrists, orthoptists and ophthalmologists, the courses will combine a traditional educational approach of lectures, small-group case-based discussions and hands-on practical sessions, which will be augmented by online learning materials.

The courses will initially be used to accredit optometrists for enhanced services on behalf of Essex LOC.

Professor Chris Hull said: "City University London has a long-standing reputation for running high quality and highly relevant modular postgraduate programmes in clinical optometry and was the first University in the UK to provide training in therapeutic prescribing. The introduction of these courses continues the tradition of the University providing courses that meet the changing demands of the Optometry profession."

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