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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
Interested in becoming an Assessor for Ophthalmic Associates?
The Association of Health Professions in Ophthalmology provides Level 4 Apprenticeships and BTEC Diplomas for Ophthalmic Healthcare Science Associates. This is a Health Education England approved programme for ophthalmic support staff. We deliver apprenticeships countrywide and may be looking to recruit assessors in your area. If you do not have an assessor qualification we can provide training for the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (TAQA) while you are working with us.
If you are interested please email with your name, location, job title and availability
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