At Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group we value all comments and feedback we receive. We provide our students, and their employers, with various opportunities to provide feedback to us during their studies, and upon completion of our courses. Here is a selection of some of the things people have said about us...

Certificate of Higher Education in OCT Capture University Diploma in OCT Interpretation Certificate of Higher Education in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Health Screeners Diploma Diabetes Eye Care – A Resource for Healthcare Professionals





Certificate of Higher Education in OCT Capture

Student - Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, September 2018

‘As an ophthalmic technician, working in the imaging area has been always very exciting. This Certificate of Higher Education in Optical Coherence Tomography Capture has given me new tools to boost my professional career and to have better understanding of the methods to obtain better images which is helping the Consultants in the clinics. They can make more accurate diagnosis and having faithful information makes it easier for them, to know if the patient management is working properly during follow-up appointments...thanks to this Certificate I have obtained promotion and I want to carry on improving my professional knowledge in the essential imagining area’

Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, September 2018

Student - Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSFT, September 2018

‘I really appreciated the opportunity to do this course, suddenly my day in day out practice had a bit more relevance and enhanced my working practice understanding the fundamentals of OCT capture- the theory goes hand in hand with the practice of using these technical machines. I look forward to continuing my study with the interpretation course’

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSFT, September 2018

Student - Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSFT, September 2018

‘The OCT capture course has been the perfect qualification to help consolidate my knowledge of OCT capture as well as providing the perfect foundation to build my knowledge of image interpretation. So many other Healthcare scientists have been looking for a course to help standardise some of the themes affiliated with OCT capture and this is the perfect short course to help provide a good introduction’

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSFT, September 2018

Student - James Paget University Hospital, September 2018

‘As an experienced ophthalmic technician, I was excited to discover a nationally recognised qualification totally relevant to my role. The structure of the course, combining ophthalmic anatomy and physiology along with practical tasks, has enabled me to fully understand the theory and practice of OCT. This has enhanced my skills by giving me confidence in my ability to acquire the most appropriate scans, of the best possible quality, for every patient’

James Paget University Hospital, September 2018


University Diploma in OCT Interpretation


Student - Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, December 2020

"A mixed feeling of excitement and trepidation took over me when I signed-up for the course. I have a very active young child, a cheerful dog, and a loving wife who works nights so I was really worried about adding this course work into the mix. 

This course is very well-structured and I can definitely see the hard work and time spent to create such a truly effective format. Doing it online makes it really easy to access anywhere, to open up links for references, and to search for anything. It's presented in a way that makes it easy enough to understand and the self-assessments and mock tests will truly help you to assess your own learning and prepare well for the exams. Having said that, it is very challenging and will really test you, but if you put your heart into it, you will really enjoy it. And with good time-management, you still get to enjoy the good things in life while learning. 

The amount of stuff I have learned in a year is unbelievable and when I look back now, it's hard to believe I did that. Our clinical lead was impressed when she saw what I have been learning during the course. The confidence this course has given me in my current work is incredible. It's just made my work so much easier and a lot of people now depend on me. The trust is even creating a new role for me after completing this course. Amazing.

The downside? Nothing really except you never get to meet the lovely and very supportive people behind this course in person because it's all done online. 

I highly recommend this to anyone who want to further their knowledge and skills in this field."

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, December 2020

Employer - Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, June 2020

‘The diploma has been undertaken by a number of staff who are keen to enhance their knowledge of disease processes as viewed by OCT. This has proved invaluable. Our service has many facets and there are areas where I would like staff to have specialist knowledge based on their particular role, the glaucoma service for example or the corneal clinics. The facility of being able to specialise in part of this course has allowed me to have expert imagers where needed as well as the staff developing a good all round knowledge of many diseases’

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, June 2020

Student - Derby and Burton NHSFT, April 2020

‘This course has allowed me as a non-registered professional to tap into a wealth of knowledge provided by the course tutors in an online format. It was exactly the kind of course I had been looking for. I already knew how to obtain a good OCT Scan and could do basic interpretation. With the aid of this course and the collaboration with my clinical supervisors I have a gained a much better understanding of how different medical/retinal conditions can alter the OCT scan and how the scans can be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment’

Derby and Burton NHSFT, April 2020


Certificate of Higher Education in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening


Employer - Barbados | May 2020

‘The main aim of having my employee take the Course was to introduce non-mydriatic diabetic screening to my practice so that I did not have to fill my slots with one year dilating appointments for patients with no or mild-moderate stable diabetic retinopathy (DR) - those with severe and/or progressive DR were referred to the retinal specialist. My ophthalmic technician’s successful completion of this Course has not only facilitated this but has also showed the value of fundus photography complementing dilated examinations in DR screening as at times pathology seen in the photos was missed on direct visualisation’

Barbados | May 2020

Student - Botswana, May 2020

‘I have developed a lot of confidence in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening because of the intense knowledge that I gained throughout the year while studying with Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group. The modules are simple to understand, they are offered timely and they give reference at all times for further studying. The course has tremendously enhanced my mentorship skills and has opened more doors for me both professionally and academically’

Botswana, May 2020

Employer - eSwatini, April 2020

‘Content is thorough, and appropriate, and keeps challenging the student. I appreciate the practical approach taken by your training, the involvement of our local team, and the entry level requirements. This approach has borne fruit in productive and well-grounded technicians as evidenced by the quality of their work’

eSwatini, April 2020

Employer - St. Lucia, May 2020

‘In St. Lucia, fourteen individuals have successfully completed the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening course between 2018 and 2019. It was a self-directed study course which brought on much enthusiasm for all who participated. The course provided practical knowledge, which is currently being used to assist clients with diabetes, to reduce the risk of vision loss as a result of diabetic retinopathy. On completion of the course, students have been able to screen and grade images confidently and determine the necessary management and referrals. With the knowledge acquired, students have a better understanding of diabetes and its implications, and are thereby empowered to educate clients on how to better manage their condition with regards to lifestyle modification and early intervention. This reduces the impact of diabetic eye disease on the client, their families and by extension, the country’

St. Lucia, May 2020

Student - Nigeria, April 2018

‘I must say that undergoing the DRS course has greatly improved my practice as it has enabled me to correctly grade diabetic retinopathy, and thus improve patients' management and follow up. The DRS course was one of the best online courses I have undertaken. The course content was easy to assess and greatly detailed with lots of demonstrative videos. Thank you Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group for the great job you are doing in helping to reduce the burden of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy worldwide’

Nigeria, April 2018


Health Screeners Diploma


DES Screener - October 2019

‘I loved the flexibility of the Diploma course. The Accredited Centre accepted different ways to providing the competency evidence for example, through a professional discussion, written question, observations, reflection. This was extremely beneficial for me as I did struggle to complete certain units but with the different options I was able to use the method that made it easier for me’

October 2019

AAA Screener - October 2019

‘The on-line e-portfolio was easy to access and upload units; it was straight forward and easy to follow. I also liked the regular communications I received from the Accredited Centre team who offered friendly advice and guidance along the way. This helped me as it gave me a support network in addition to my local assessor’

October 2019

NBH Screener - October 2019

‘I found the resources and support from the Accredited Centre was great; from registration, they were extremely helpful and set me on a path that I followed during the whole diploma. The Accredited Centre suggested using the ‘suggested learner assessment plan and this is what I continued to work from task by task. Using this plan gave me direction of how to complete the diploma. The suggested evidence indexing was also a very useful tool to help allocate my work, alongside my assessor, so that I could complete my tasks on time’

October 2019


Diabetes Eye Care – A Resource for Healthcare Professionals


Student - Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHSFT, June 2020

‘I have to say that I really enjoyed the course. I know that I work at an eye centre but the course is ideal for first timers within this field. I found it easy to understand and follow. It will be beneficial for those starting diabetic eye screening but it’s been a while since I did the screening certificate (2011), and if this was around when I started it would have really helped’

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHSFT, June 2020

Student - Moorfields Eye Hospital NHSFT, May 2020

‘Thank you for giving me an opportunity to participate in this very useful and interesting course which provides details on diabetic retinopathy. Likewise, it provides significant amount of information on normal anatomy of the eye and its fundus. The course was so detailed. Henceforth, I have learned to differentiate mild, moderate and severe diabetic retinopathy. I was able to recognise different features of diabetic eye...I will highly recommend this for my work colleagues’

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHSFT, May 2020