Bristol Ophthalmic Nursing Course
Bristol Eye Hospital
Who is it for?
This curriculum is designed for registered nurses and other registered professionals who work in the dedicated fields of eye care and ophthalmics who are pursuing academic and technical competence in their elected field of specialism.
As such, this course is relevant particularly for trained nurses and other professionals in the Southwest and beyond, who envision their medium- or long-term future within ophthalmics. It is a 12-week short course that aims to help prepare an ophthalmics specialist, patient-focused workforce that will help update and transform health and social care provision in the outpatient, ward, theatre, A&E and community settings.
The organisers of the course understand that ophthalmic nursing continues to expand and develop. In order to meet the needs of patients and their carers, policy makers and public perceptions, ophthalmic nursing care has had to change to incorporate the challenges of evolving health care demands. The profession is faced with expectations to maximise capacity, embrace new technology and treatments and utilise ophthalmic specialist skills in more ground breaking and imaginative working routines, whilst also providing value for money.
The course consists of two modules, namely: (1) Principles of Ophthalmology, and (2) Practice: Ophthalmic Care.
The BONC prides itself with the wealth of resource persons, facilities and services that it engages. The once-a-week in-campus sessions over three months consist of lecture-presentations by highly qualifier speakers (mostly BEH consultants and senior staff), work-based learning discussions, short quizzes, tests, practical sessions, personal tutorials and library/research days. Students are also required to go on placement at ophthalmic outpatient, pre-op & diagnostics, ward, A&E and theatre departments to achieve necessary skills that should be relevant in their clinical practice.
a. Apply learned principles and understanding of the anatomical, physiological, pathological, psychosocial, pharmacological and cultural to meet the ophthalmic patient’s needs.
b. Determine and assess the psycho-social needs of patients with ocular problems or disease, and those experiencing loss and grief, and factor those needs in the delivery of their care and management that is sensitive to the context of a multicultural and dynamic society.
a. Apply appropriate legal, ethical and professional requirements to the delivery of care of the ophthalmic patient.
b. Evaluate the effectiveness of volunteer agencies in the field of ophthalmic care, and utilise such resources to optimise results.
a. Adopt a critical approach to ophthalmic care through reflection on practice, and demonstrate an ability to competently perform specific ophthalmic clinical skills relevant to role.
b. Select appropriate strategies for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care and management of the ophthalmic client group in a variety of settings using an evidence-based approach.
a. Comprehend the importance of risk management in a variety of ophthalmic settings, and employ appropriate strategies to provide a safe environment for the ophthalmic patient.
b. Evaluate own and others’ inter-personal communication skills and techniques required in various client settings, and work effectively and efficiently with members of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) when caring for ophthalmic patients.
Start Date January & September each year
Duration 12 weeks
Fees £800 for two modules
Application Period Until the end of May for September start
Until the end of September for January start
Contact for Information: Jonathan.Espiritu@UHBristol.nhs.uk
Tel. 0117 342 9134 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
0117 342 4795 (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays)