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Independent Prescribing CPPD

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Course overview

This module aims to provide you with:

  • The necessary training in the theory and practice of independent prescribing
  • The ability to develop and consolidate skills in the assessment, diagnosis and management of common ophthalmic conditions
  • The ability to recognise and appropriately manage sight-threatening disease.

The Department of Optometry and Visual Science at City, University of London has been providing modular postgraduate training in ocular therapeutics for over 15 years. The purpose of this training has been to provide the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to enable optometrists to manage ocular disease within the context of the legal and regulatory framework provided by the Opticians Act and relevant medicines legislation.

Candidates entering the full independent prescribing (IP) programme will complete a three module scheme (Principles of Therapeutics, Principles of Prescribing and Independent Prescribing) and complete the requisite clinical placement days. Candidates may opt to exit after modules 1 and 2 (following completion of a clinical placement) and qualify as an Additional Supply (AS) optometrist by taking the College of Optometrists’ Common Final Assessment (CFA) in AS.

An RPEL arrangement will be used to import postgraduate credits from the clinical placement aspect of the CFA to allow students qualifying in IP to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or use the credits towards a Diploma or MSc.

Dates

This module will not be running in 2018/9. Please register your interest via the link to be notified once we have confirmed dates.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

  • You should normally be a UK-registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practise in the UK
  • You should also be registered with the General Optical Council
  • Overseas optometrists will be accepted on an ad-hoc basis providing your undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist.
  • You must have completed the OVM050 - Principles of Therapeutics & OVM051 - Principles of Prescribing module before applying for this module.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Assessment

Assessment

Online Launch Date: 16th October 2017
Face-to-Face Dates: 13th and 14th November 2017
Exam Date: 24th January 2018

Module leaders

  • Professor John Lawrenson

    John joined City University London in 2004, he is Professor of Clinical Visual Science Following a first degree in biochemistry at Cardiff University, John studied optometry at Aston University, graduating with a first class honours degree. After a pre-registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London he undertook postgraduate research at ...

  • Dr Michelle Hennelly

    Dr Hennelly is the MSc Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Optometry, MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Clinical Optometry) and MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner). She is a qualified optometrist who completed her PhD at City University in 2002. ...