Specialist Certificate in Eye Banking

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      Who this course is for

      The course will equip graduates to work within the specialist field of eye banking. The course has been designed to support existing eye bankers, those new to the sector and those working in peer and relevant sectors who wish to gain additional knowledge about eye banking in order to support their own area of specialisation. Professionals involved in other transplant sectors, ophthalmology and global eye care development fields are also welcome to enrol in this course in order to gain a wider understanding of eye banking.

      Intended learning outcomes

      At the completion of the subject, students should be able to:

      • Appreciate the history of corneal transplantation and eye banking and contextualise it within contemporary practice
      • Identify key principles of the ethical, legislative, governance and regulatory requirements surrounding eye banking practice
      • Describe the practice of comprehensive eye banking from donor identification to transplantation
      • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of general corneal pathophysiology, corneal evaluation, and identify their important aspects in the treatment of corneal disease through transplantation
      • Apply knowledge of risk, disease transmission, and corneal pathology in the selection of eye donors
      • Translate the general principles of surgical practice into quality approaches to surgical retrieval of eye tissue
      • Link quality policies and management of clinical and technical risk, and relate these to overall quality management of donation to transplantation
      • Explain global variances in eye banking practice, legislation and governance, and the adaptation of practice to local health systems and culture.

      Further study options

      After the course completion, students may progress to a range of postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences including a pathway to the Graduate Certificate in Eye Banking.