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Unique degree apprenticeship in ophthalmic imaging is launched by University of Gloucestershire

27 April 2022
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The University of Gloucestershire has launched a unique degree apprenticeship in ophthalmic imaging to support the growing industry need for qualified technically skilled ophthalmic imaging practitioners.

Launching in September 2022, the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprenticeship has been specifically developed in partnership with the Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group (GREG) to provide ophthalmic technicians with an opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in their chosen career pathway for the first time.

The apprenticeship programme, delivered over three years by the University’s School of Health and Social Care, is ideal for employers who are looking to develop their existing staff, or train the next generation of entrants to the profession.

Learners will study a variety of heathcare science topics via a distance learning programme while gaining practical experience and knowledge within their place of work.

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science Practitioner Apprenticeship will enable learners to apply for professional registration with the Academy for Healthcare Science.

Tracy Longden Thurgood, Course Lead in Healthcare Science at the University, said: “As a qualified healthcare science professional with a passion for education and training, it is fantastic to have co-developed a degree course that will finally recognise the professional role of an ophthalmic imager.

“Traditionally, knowledge and skills have been learnt on the job and through experience, as opportunities for formal specific training have not been available.

“Completing the apprenticeship degree programme will provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and clinical behaviours needed to enable this specialist workforce to deliver high-quality patient care for years to come.”

Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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