Career guidance

Practical guidance and information for optometrists taking a career break or practicing as a locum.

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1 Jun 2018

Plan your career

Find out about the career opportunities in optometry and the learning and qualifications you might need to develop your career.

3 Aug 2017 Guidance

Taking a career break - guide

A guide to planning a career break from practice


Working as a locum

More than 25% of optometrists work primarily as locums - that’s more than twice as many as ten years ago. Locums can enjoy a more flexible work life with attractive financial rewards, and having a range of experience to draw on will give you confidence in new or different workplaces, but may need a little dedicated support at times.  We’ve developed a dedicated guide as well as useful templates to use in practice.  And don’t forget that you can gain all your essential CET points with the College.

Working as a locum - guide

A guide for a successful career as a locum optometrist

Signed order form

We have produced the template to help you if you wish the patient to purchase some prescription only medicines (POMs) from the pharmacy.

Locum referral form

We have produced a template form for you to use if you wish to refer a patient to the resident optometrist.