3 February 2023

The College of Optometrists appoints new Lead Assessor

The College of Optometrists has appointed Dr Rebekah Stevens MCOptom as Lead Assessor.

Rebekah has had a notable career in academic optometry, and her passion for teaching, learning and assessment, and the development of pre-registration optometrists, was a significant driver in her decision to take on the role.   

As College Lead Assessor, Rebekah will be supporting and leading all those involved in the workplace elements of the journey to registered optometrist, through the current Scheme for Registration and on the Clinical Learning in Practice (CLiP) placement programme, which will form part of new optometry degrees. Rebekah will work with the College’s Deputy Lead Assessor and senior assessors to provide guidance, advice and training to the UK-wide team of College assessors.

Rebekah says: “I would like to thank supervisors and assessors for everything they do to support the Scheme and the pre-reg optometrists completing it. It is a real labour of love and dedication and collectively we elevate the profession. My key goals are to demystify supervision and assessment processes and make tasks as straightforward and efficient as possible for assessors and supervisors, whilst ensuring that all who qualify are safe and effective practitioners. I will be also working with the wider College team to ensure the successful introduction of the new CLiP programme.” 

Dr Lizzy Ostler, Director of Education at the College, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Rebekah to the role of Lead Assessor. She brings a wealth of experience in designing, delivering and quality assuring clinical optometric education, and will play a fundamental role in delivering our programme of continuous enhancement on the Scheme, through our UK-wide assessor and supervisor network, and enabling the transition from the Scheme for Registration to the delivery of CLiP.” 

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