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Professional Certificate in Medical Retina CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Module outline and aims

The incidence of medical retina disorders is increasing with the rising age of the population. Concurrently, the advent of new treatments such as anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents means that more patients are eligible for ophthalmic interventions. Hence, the impact of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other vascular disorders on clinical practice on the high street and in hospital eye clinics is increasing. This module aims to provide optometrists with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of common medical retina conditions, their diagnosis, referral and management. This will be of benefit, not only to community based optometrists wishing to develop their professional skills, but also to optometrists who wish to commence working in hospital medical retina clinics or diabetic retinopathy screening services.

Content outline

This module aims to provide community and hospital based optometrists with knowledge of common medical retina conditions, enabling them to make accurate and appropriate referral decisions. Additionally, the module aims to prepare optometrists to commence working in diabetic retinopathy screening services, and (under supervision) in medical retina new patient triage clinics and AMD treatment-retreatment clinics.

The module is part of the College of Optometrists' Professional/Higher qualifications. Find more information on accreditation for these modules.

Module dates

Term 2

FEB: Monday 8 February 2021 (09:00 - 17:00)
APR: Wednesday 14 and 21 April 2021 ((09:00 - 17:00)

OSCE Exam: 16 June 2021

Term 3

May: Tuesday 4 May 2021
JUL:  Wednesday 7 and 14 July 2021

OSCE Exam:Wednesday 1 September 2021

Please note: Places on this module are confirmed on a first come first serve basis.



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • You should normally be a UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practise in the UK
  • You should also be registered with the General Optical Council
  • Overseas optometrists/ Medical Practitioners will be accepted on an ad hoc basis providing your undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist/Medical Practitioner.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Mark Mayhew

    Mark became a lecturer in the Division of Optometry and Visual Science at City, University of London in February 2019.

    After graduating from University of Sheffield with a degree in physiology, Mark studied optometry at City University finishing in 2001. After passing the Professional Qualifying Examinations in 2002 he ...