Uni­ver­sity has eyes on new de­gree

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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