A new way to train at Moorfields

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital have developed a new degree apprenticeship programme to meet the growing global demand for ophthalmic care.

The new Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship in Ophthalmology will launch at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in September as a pilot programme, initially taking on 10 apprentices with plans to increase that number in future years.

Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, spending part of their time at university and the rest with their employer, allowing students to earn and gain meaningful experience in the workplace whilst being exposed to the latest ophthalmic research and treatments through Moorfields and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Moorfields Eye Charity is a proud supporter of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital joint education programme. Robert Dufton, CEO of Moorfields Eye Charity, said “we’re delighted that this innovative new apprenticeship will help train tomorrow’s experts, and so help current and future patients - particularly given the increasing need for eye health treatment and care forecasted for the coming years.” 

This new approach to training will not only benefit patients, but also offer new development opportunities for staff at Moorfields. “I’m pleased that this progressive apprenticeship has been launched in partnership with UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology” said David Probert, Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital. “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.”

Degree apprenticeships are also a new approach for UCL, which they hope will help support UK industry sectors experiencing skills shortages. “As a top ten global university based in London, UCL is delighted to be launching our first ever degree apprenticeship programmes this autumn” said UCL’s Vice Provost for Education Professor Anthony Smith. “Apprenticeships are a valuable opportunity for students to earn while they learn and for employers to upskill their workforce to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of innovation.”

Visit the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology’s website to find out more about the upcoming Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship in Ophthalmology.