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Independent Prescribing CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

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.

Module dates

Term 2

Application deadline: Friday 10 January 2021
Online start date:  Wednesday 10 February 2021

Assessment: 13 April 2021



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 or be in the process of completing OVM050 – Principles of Therapeutics 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

Module leaders

  • Professor John Lawrenson

    John Lawrenson is Professor of Clinical Visual Science and Research Lead for the Applied Vision Research Centre. He has an active research interest in ophthalmic public health, with particular emphasis on sight-threatening eye diseases e.g. diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). His work has received funding from a variety ...

  • Dr Michelle Hennelly

    Dr Michelle Hennelly BSc (Hons) FCOptom PhD SFHEA

    Dr Hennelly is the MSc Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Optometry and the MSc in Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner (Health and Social Care). She is a highly experienced optometrist, specialising in Masters and Continuing Education and Training in the field ...