Independent prescribing

Optometrists with an independent prescribing (IP) qualification are able to clinically assess a patient, establish a diagnosis, determine the clinical management required and prescribe where necessary.

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Clinical files: As an IP optometrist can I prescribe medicine is not listed in the College’s Optometrists Formulary?

Frank Munro FCOptom, GOC Scottish Registrar, on how optometrists have increased their relevance, influence and capabilities in Scotland and beyond.

We have a number of therapeutic points available to IP members struggling to cover their competencies by the end of this year.

The College has been working with the GOC on enabling IP optometrists to qualify despite the challenges of accessing appropriate clinical experience.

Registered independent prescribers will be able to sign off individual clinical practice placement sessions for IP trainees.

Clinical files: Should I prescribe chloramphenicol for children under two years old

The GOC opens consultation on proposed changes to its requirements for education and training in independent prescribing.

MHRA agrees with the College view that chloramphenicol eye drops can be safely administered to children aged 0 to 2 years, where antibiotic eye drop treatment is indicated.