Peer review for independent prescribing optometrists

About the session

Only those with the IP qualification are eligible to attend this session.

CPD ref: TBC


This dedicated therapeutics peer discussion session will help qualified independent prescribers or those already studying for an IP qualification to improve their standards of patient care by discussing cases that are based on real practice with a small group of fellow IP practitioners. Discussing various approaches among peers stimulates interest and broadens perspectives as different practitioners may approach clinical and ethical problems in different ways.

Target audience

  • Optometrist
  • Specialty optometrist (AS/SP/IP).

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical practice

s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

  • Able to understand common conditions encountered in practice, their appropriate assessment and management in the context of therapeutic practice
  • Improve working knowledge of the College of Optometrist’s Guidance for Professional Practice and local protocols, demonstrating an ability to investigate according to a patient’s signs and symptoms.

s.6 Recognise, and work within, your limits of competence

  • Able to develop a clear understanding of the limits of one’s own knowledge and skill, and how to work safely within them.


s.2 Communicate effectively with patients

  • Able to recognise the importance of treatment effectiveness monitoring, being prepared to change management approach and clearly explain the rationale to your patients
  • Able to convey an expert knowledge of physiological and pathological eye conditions by giving factually relevant information in an informative, clear and understandable way whilst remaining empathetic and patient centred.

Specialty CPD - IP optometrist

  • Able to investigate and understand the treatment options available to IP optometrists for patients and understand the range of evidence sources to support prescribing practice
  • Able to understand and recognise the limits of own expertise and work within them when formulating a therapeutic management plan or referral decision
  • Able to apply the principles of evidence-based practice, including clinical effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medications for some ocular conditions.