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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.

This course is relevant only for 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 focus is to better meet UK society's shifting demographic necessities, by embracing new technologies and treatments, maximising capacity, utilising ophthalmic specialist skills in more groundbreaking 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 consist of lectures by highly qualified resource 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, ward, A&E and theatre departments to achieve necessary skills that should be relevant in their clinical practice.


Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Apply learned principles of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology to the care of the ophthalmic client.
  • Determine and appreciate the psycho-social needs and factor those needs in the management of clients with ocular diseas

Intellectual Skills:

  • Appraise the impact of ethical and legal issues in ophthalmic care.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of volunteer agencies in the field of ophthalmic care.

Professional and practical Skills:

  • Evaluate the care and management of ophthalmic clients and their carers in a variety of settings using an evidence-based approach.
  • Recognise the importance of accurate assessment of visual loss and its impact on the client.

Transferable Skills:

  • Comprehend the importance of risk management in a variety of ophthalmic settings.
  • Appreciate the impact of national policy/guidelines on contemporary ophthalmic care and management.
  • Evaluate own and others' inter-personal communication skills and techniques required in various client settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability and skill to use IT competently and effectively to support the assessment process.


Key Information

 Start Date 

 January & September each year


 12 weeks


 £800 for two modules

 Application Period

 Until June for September start

 Until October for January start

 Contact for Information