Independent Prescribing for Optometrists Module 1 (Consists of two modules: IP1 and IP2)
Course Leader: Colin Davidson
Mode of delivery: on line, face-to-face and blended
Learner Hours: IP1 (scheduled approximately 50, independent 250)
School: Life & Medical Sciences
Available places: 35
Fees and Funding
The entry requirements for the course are set by the General Optical Council. You will need to have:
• A General Optical Council recognised undergraduate degree in Optometry.
• A current registration with the General Optical Council.
• Evidence of current experience. This should be in the area you intend to practice. It can be a supporting letter from an ophthalmologist, professional services manager or other person within the organisation you work for.
• Evidence of CET activity in your chosen area.
• Any relevant higher education qualification.
• Written confirmation of the type of clinical practice in the intended area.
• Identified a suitable ophthalmologist mentor
Please note, that to commence the clinical placement you must have been registered with the General Optical Council for at least two years.
Online induction session via Zoom/Teams
Module 1 Content – delivered online
Anatomy & Physiology
Pharmacology & action of ocular drugs
Methods of ocular examination
Drug legislation & ethical prescribing
Cardiovascular, endocrine, and respiratory disorders
Misuse of medicines & antimicrobial resistance
These will be supplemented with online case discussion sessions and student forums.
Assessment (Remote online June 2024) TBC
The University of Hertfordshire currently holds full GOC approval to provide the independent prescribing course.
This course comprises learning outcomes defined by the General Optical Council (GOC). This is detailed in the GOC independent prescribing handbook which can be accessed here:
Module 1 Assessment (Remote online June 2024)
Scenario based computer assessment