Medical education

We provide ophthalmic training and education for eye doctors at all levels, including undergraduate medical students, post-graduate specialty registrars and fellows, and academic clinical fellows and lecturers.

Regular courses in various specialist areas are run at our main hospital in London’s City Road, many of them in association with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.  We also welcome doctors from around the world to observe our renowned treatment of eye diseases and injuries.

Undergraduate medical training

We offer undergraduate teaching in ophthalmology to around 1,250 medical students from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University College London (UCL) and St George’s, University of London.   We have dedicated, ring-fenced service increment for teaching (SIFT) funding, which enables us to provide teaching fellows and consultants with protected time for teaching and to encourage continued professional development for post-graduates in medical education. 

Our medical students attend a variety of conferences, with many of them preparing poster presentations on projects in which they have been involved.  They are also heavily involved in our patient days on specific eye conditions, which bring together patients, staff, healthcare professionals and charities to share experiences and learn from one another.

Feedback from students from Barts and The London received during 2012/13 was very positive.  Among year 4 students, 90% rated their overall experience as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’, while all students taking student selected components (SSCs – optional modules within the undergraduate medical syllabus) rated the improvement in their skills as ‘good’, ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ following teaching at Moorfields.

In addition, three of our teaching fellows have been recognised recently by medical schools for the quality of their teaching – Kam Balaggan and Stacey Strong won awards for excellence in student education from Barts and The London and Moloy Dey won an excellence in medical education award from UCL.

Our director of undergraduate medical training is Narciss Okhravi.

Post-graduate medical training

UCL Partners, of which we are a major part, is the lead provider responsible for organising post-graduate ophthalmic training across the whole of North London.

Overall satisfaction rates in the 2012 General Medical Council (GMC) training survey were again very high for Moorfields, and we were rated as a positive outlier – meaning that we were much better than average – for access to educational resources. 

Trainees from across London also perform very well in national exams.  For example, in the part 2 Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) exam, the pass rate for London trainees was 63% in the oral exam and 100% in the written exam, compared to a national pass rate of 51% and 84% respectively. 

We run an innovative training programme in clinical leadership and management for trainee ophthalmologists.  These combine seminars in major skills areas with participation in and leadership of quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) projects.  The QIPP element involves fledgling leaders working with a consultant or senior colleague mentor to lead a multidisciplinary team to complete a project that leads to service change or improvement. Their learning is mapped against the national medical leadership competency framework and allows them to put their knowledge and skills into real-life NHS practice to achieve a change for the better for patients and the trust.

We also continue to host and develop the London Deanery ophthalmic simulation programme and have recently expanded participation, both internally and across the South East.  There are now more than 150 active users and we have been able to train up several associate simulation trainers who are also regularly involved in the training course. 

Our director of post-graduate medical education is Paul Sullivan.