Moorfields and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology launch new degree apprenticeship programme

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship in Ophthalmology has been launched by a partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

The programme will allow Moorfields to train new and existing staff in advanced clinical practice, which has been highlighted as a key skills gap by Health Education England, NHS Improvement and NHS England.

Lasting three years, this part time Masters level course offers a mixed module, flexible approach allowing practitioners to choose modules in different subject areas tailored to their clinical practice. The pilot programme will begin with 10 apprentices in September 2019 before increasing in numbers in future years.

Introduced in 2015, degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. Apprentices on this programme will spend part of their time at university and the rest employed by a hospital. Degree apprenticeships such as this can provide opportunities for employers to develop significant new skills for both their current and future workforce and are seen as one of the key drivers to reduce the UK skills deficit and provide opportunities for apprentices themselves.

David Probert, Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital, said: “I’m pleased that this progressive apprenticeship has been launched in partnership with UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology. As the largest provider of NHS-funded ophthalmology education and training, we are fully committed to ensuring that our staff have the opportunity to advance their clinical roles and are equipped to deliver the best possible care for our patients whilst meeting the demands that modern ophthalmic healthcare needs.”

Learn more about the Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology MSc Degree Apprenticeship.

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