An ophthalmic imaging degree apprenticeship has been launched at the University of Gloucestershire to provide ophthalmic technicians with the opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification.

The BSc (Hons) course was created in response to concerns about the national shortage of qualified people to conduct ophthalmic imaging as pressures mount on hospital eye services.

Tracy Longden-Thurgood, course lead in Healthcare Science within the University’s School of Health and Social Care, said: ‘Completing the apprenticeship degree programme will provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and clinical behaviours needed to enable this specialist workforce to deliver high-quality patient care for years to come.’