Independent prescribing (IP) examination update: 26 March 2020

We had to cancel delivery of the College’s IP exam, due to have been held on 1st April, to comply with Covid-19 requirements. We will keep under review when it will be possible to deliver the exam in its conventional format.

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We are currently exploring how the exam could be conducted differently. We are looking into the feasibility of the College using software that enables candidates to sit exams securely online, with remote invigilation (our current exam system does not allow us to run the exam online). We will provide an update once we can indicate precisely what it is possible for us to do.
 
We also recognise that optometrists with IP rights can make a particularly valuable contribution to meeting patient care needs differently, including in the context of more eye care being delivered outside hospital settings where this is safe to do so. We are involved in discussions with the General Optical Council and other partners on how optometrists’ professional skills, including those relating to IP, can be optimised to meet patient care and service delivery needs in the current circumstances and how the profession’s skills and contribution can be promoted. We will provide an update on this shortly.
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