University has eyes on new degree
THE UNIVERSITY of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) has announced plans to develop a BSc degree in optometry to address the growing demand for eye care services in the region.
A proposal has been submitted to the General Optical Council and UHI is working with stakeholders to develop the new course.
This is part of the university’s wider plans to develop a School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences which will expand its curriculum to meet the needs of the region.
Professor Crichton Lang, deputy principal of the university, said: ‘ We are delighted to be working in innovative ways with industry partners to develop and deliver this BSc degree in the region.
‘This initiative will boost career opportunities, strengthen the supply of qualified optometrists to the industry and contribute to the overall delivery of high- quality health and social care to our communities.’
Dr Kathy Morrison and Dr Lesley Rousselet of NHS Education for Scotland, said: ‘NES are pleased to support this opportunity for local, targeted optometry education in Northern Scotland, which should provide the area with confident practitioners.’