Educational patterns and trends



The purpose of this research was to provide us with a clearer picture of the patterns and trends in initial or pre-registration health professional education to help inform our Education Strategic Review.

The nine jurisdictions covered in this review were:

  • Initial optical education inAustralia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and South Africa.
  • Initial non-optical health professional education within the UK coveringmedicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy.

The evidence in this research was collected via a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) of available academic and grey literature, supplemented by a series of in-depth interviews with selected experts across the different jurisdictions.

More than 280 pieces of literature were reviewed and we engaged with 16 experts, mainly via telephone interview. The review was conducted between September and November, 2017.


November 2017