1) Basic & Clinical Sciences  (BCS)

2) Clinical Assessment (CA)

3) Patient Investigation (PI)

4) Patient Management (PM)

5) Practical Skills (PS)

6) Surgical Skills (SS)

7) Community Eye Health (CEH)

8) Communication


9) Best Practice


10) Management and Leadership (ML)

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BCS1 Anatomy and embryology

CA1 Clinical history

PI1 1Orthoptic assessment

PM1 Management plan

PS1 Refraction


Simulation and wet lab



COM1 Establishing rapport

BP1 Learning

ML1 Health service organisation

BCS2 Physiology

CA2 Assess vision

PI2 Corneal assessment

PM2 Triage/prioritisation


Periocular and intraocular drug administration

SS2 Operating microscope

CEH2 Injury prevention

COM2 Active listening

BP2 Records

ML2 Clinical governance

BCS3 Biochemistry & cell biology

CA3 External eye examination

PI3 Ultrasonography

PM3 Therapeutics/local and systemic therapies

PS3 Diathermy/cautery

SS3 Aseptic technique


Disease risk reduction

COM3 Delivering information

BP3 Guidelines

ML3 Cooperation with other services

BCS4 Pathology

CA4 Pupil examination

PI4 Fundus Angiography

PM4 Patient selection for surgery

PS4 Cryotherapy

SS4 Cataract Surgery

CEH4 Care for diagnostic equipment and contact lenses

COM4 Directing patients to information

BP4 Portfolio

ML4 Role as a Leader

BCS5 Optics

CA5 Ocular Motility

PI5 Retinal and optic nerve imaging

PM5 Recognise and manage complications

PS5 Assess tear film


Surgery for raised IOP

CEH5 Immunisation and supplementation

COM5 Obtaining consent


ML5 Role as a community/clinical researcher

BCS6 Clinical ophthalmology

CA6 IOP measurement


Radiology/ other imaging

PM6 Emergencies/ first aid/resusication

PS6 Assess lacrimal drainage

SS6 Repair trauma


Tests/drugs in pregnancy

COM6 Breaking bad news

BP6 Manage Referrals

ML6 Role as a Teacher

BCS7 Clinical Pharmacology

CA7 Slit lamp

PI7 Electrophysiology

PM7 Rehabilitation and low vision

PS7 Corneal scrape

SS7 Common lid surgery

CEH7 Develop health promotion action plan

COM7 Barriers to communication

BP7 Waiting list management

ML7 Role as a Manager

BCS8 General medicine for ophthalmology

CA8 Fundus examination

PI8 Laboratory investigations

PM8 Refer appropriately

PS8 Ocular surface foreign body


Surgery for surface protection

COM8 Body Language

BP8 Use of Databases

ML8 Apply clinical reasoning using an evidence based approach

BCS9 Research methodology, epidemiology and evidence based medicine

CA9 General medical examination

PI9 Biometry

PM9 Systemic implications

PS9 Removal of sutures

SS9 Lateral canthotomy/lysis

COM9 Respond to Complaints

BP9 Critical incident management

ML9 Departmental audit

BCS10 Instruments

CA10 Paediatric/ developmental examination

PI10 Visual Fields

PM10 Spectacle lenses

PS10 Bandage contact lens

SS10 Biopsy eyelid and ocular tissue

COM10 Communicate with other professionals

BP10 Compassionate

ML10 Personal audit

BCS11  Statistics

CA11 Neuro examination

PM11 Contact lenses

PS11 Corneal glue

SS11 Strabismus surgery

COM11 Keeping clinical records

BP11 Patient autonomy

ML11 Health economics/managing resources

BCS12 Clinical Genetics

CA12 Differential diagnosis

PS12 Forced duction test


Removal of eye

COM12 Write and dictate clearly

BP12 Consideration

ML12 Prepare monitoring and evaluation tools of projects

PS13 Biometry

SS13 Laser - lens capsule

COM13 Preparing an operating list

BP13 Patient Empathy

PS14 Hand hygiene

SS14 Laser - raised IOP

COM 14 organising leave

BP14 Patient Confidentiality

SS15 Laser - retina

BP15 Insight into limitations

SS16 AC/vitreous tap

BP16 Seeking Help

SS17 Anterior vitrectomy

BP17 Appraisal and 360 degree feedback

BP18 Equality and ethics

BP19 Probity

BP20 Practice according to national legal requirements

BP21 Data protection

BP22 Human tissue

BP23 Child protection/safeguarding

BP24 Time management

BP25 Reflective practice

BP26 Self-learning

BP27 Uncertainty


BP29 Career development

BP30 Personal health