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Eye Care Governance (PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 2 years (part-time) (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims


This course consists of three core modules – leadership skills, evidence-based eye care and audit, and legal aspects of UK optometry – as well as a free choice of 20 credits to allow students to follow their interests and increase their knowledge and understanding of a specific area.  The aim of the course is to provide optical professionals with the skills required to successfully oversee the eye care services, with the opportunity to become effective leaders within the optical sector, and with a comprehensive overview of their legal obligations in optometric practice in the UK.

Course Description

The PgCert in Eye Care Governance is a 60 credit Level 7 qualification, which seeks to provide those involved in the governing of eye care in the UK with a professional qualification that is currently not provided. This qualification is aimed at those who work for the local optical committees (LOC), and as optometric advisers to health boards.

Course Structure and Delivery

The majority of the course will be delivered via Learning Central, the University's e-Learning system. You will have access to multimedia lecture presentations, supporting resources and discussions led by course tutors. On many of the modules leading educators in the field also provide practical skills workshops and tutorial. Formative and summative assessment is via online multiple-choice questions, submitted written coursework and assignments, plus practical exams where appropriate.

Available Modules:

OPT013 - Legal Aspects of UK Optometry
This module will provide eye care professionals with a comprehensive review of the legal obligations in optometric practice in the UK. The module content is presented in an engaging format that is commensurate with everyday practice – much of it is based on realistic situations that the practitioner will recognise and empathise with. This will be particularly useful to those engaged in commissioning enhanced services provision, or to practitioners returning to work after a career break. There is no practical element to this module.

OPT021 - Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals
This module provides optical professionals with the opportunity to become an effective leader at both local and regional levels within the optical sector through the support and development of LOCs, building effective strategic networks, influencing policy makers and enhancing eye health services for patients. It also provides an understanding of current theoretical approaches and leadership models. This module will particularly benefit those involved in commissioning enhanced service pathways or negotiating shared care schemes. It is open to all registered optical professionals including dispensing and contact lens opticians, ophthalmic medical practitioners and experienced optical managers.

OPT016 - Evidence-based Eye Care and Clinical Audit
Clinical audit is a frequently neglected area of activity in community practice – especially personal clinical audit. Many practices monitor sales activity, and some monitor record keeping but few look at anything beyond that. This module will provide the skills to enable practitioners to do a clinical audit in optometric practice including planning, implementing and reporting an audit. It will also cover searching the literature, understanding a research paper and summarising the evidence. Students will gain an understanding of the reasons for clinical audit and research, and the differences (and overlap) between them.

Skills Acquired

Generic Skills:

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a BSc Degree in Optometry.

English Language Requirements: Minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS)

Application Deadline: 1 month before the start of term.

How to Apply

Applications should be made online using the Cardiff University online application service.

Next intake: September and March each year

School Contact

Name: OPTOM Postgraduate Taught Team  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0561 



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