Independent prescribing in practice

12 July 2018
Summer 2018

Independent prescribing optometrists can establish a diagnosis and determine clinical management, providing better care to patients, writes Georgina Wintersgill

Independent prescribing (IP) optometrists are well placed to provide community services to aid the treatment of an ageing UK population and the attendant rise of progressive eye conditions, easing pressure on frontline services and furthering their own career progression. There are currently 619 independent prescribers: four per cent of all UK-registered optometrists, according to the General Optical Council (GOC, 2018).

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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.

Independent prescribers can now get the support to expand their prescribing scope of practice.