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Cardiff University: Eye Care Governance

Institution Cardiff University
Department School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Web https://www.cardiff.ac.uk
Email enquiry@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)29 2087 4455
Study type Taught

Summary

The PgCert in Eye Care Governance seeks to provide those involved in the governing of eye care with a qualification that is currently not provided.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Optometry in Eye Care Governance is a 60 credit Level 7 qualification, which seeks to provide those involved in the governing of eye care in the UK with a professional qualification. Whilst we also run highly successful qualifications for those involved in clinical practice, this qualification is aimed at those who undertake clinical governance and advisory roles in the sector.

Starting in September, this course consists of three core modules – leadership skills, evidence-based eye care and audit, and legal aspects of UK optometry – as well as a free choice of 20 credits to allow students to follow their interests and increase their knowledge and understanding of a specific area. The aim of the course is to provide eye care professionals with the skills required to successfully oversee ophthalmic services, with the opportunity to become effective leaders within the sector, and with a comprehensive overview of their legal obligations in optometric practice in the UK.

Several modules are aligned with nationally agreed competency standards – for example, the Low Vision Service Wales and the MECS scheme among others.

Students who have evidence of achieving such standards within the last three years can present this to the Director of the programme for consideration for approved prior learning (APL) accreditation, where module credits would be given to the student in recognition of their prior achievements.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity to learn with one of the leading Optometry Schools in Europe, rated excellent for teaching and research.

  • The involvement of research-active staff in course design and delivery.

  • The variety of modules on offer.

  • The flexibility of open learning.

  • The only eye care governance course available in the UK.

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