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A Career Pathway for ophthalmic healthcare science staff
The agreed job roles in the Healthcare Science career pathway up to graduate level are Healthcare Science Assistant (Level 2); Healthcare Science Associate (Level 4); and Healthcare Science Practitioner (Level 6). Please note: “Levels” refers to career levels, not NHS pay bands. Pay bands are agreed at Trust level, subject to NHS job evaluation criteria.
The Health Careers website has some information about careers in Ophthalmic Vision and Science, which we expect to be updated now that apprenticeships are commencing.
Ophthalmic Healthcare Science Associates can apply to join the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) Practitioner Register through the equivalence route. For further information visit here
Clinical Competency Framework
Aspects of clinical work that were previously the domain of the medically qualified ophthalmologist are now being delivered by a broader multidisciplinary team. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the College of Optometrists (CoO), British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS), the Association of Health Professions in Ophthalmology (AHPO) worked together with other contributors to develop The Common Clinical Competency Framework. The Framework covers four clinical areas; acute and emergency eye care, cataract assessment, glaucoma and medical retina and is for use in all the four home nations of the UK. All ophthalmic education and training providers are encouraged to review the Framework against their existing education and training programmes and to use in the development of new programmes. The CCCF can be downloaded from the RCOphth website here
Improving Eye Health
Vision UK, formerly Vision2020 UK, is the independent partnership organisation which works with other organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people, their communities and the general population including those at risk of sight loss. Vision UK’s mission, priority areas and information about the work they are undertaking can be accessed from here