How to implement IP in your practice

About the session

CPD ref: C-108523


Join experienced IP optometrists from across the UK to discuss the importance of IP in primary and secondary eye care services and hear how they have successfully integrated this capability into their own practice, including: 

  • Enabling higher level of practice to maximise clinical skills
  • Promoting optometrists as first contact practitioners for eye health ie “GPs of the eye”
  • Views on the expanding role of optometrists now and in the future.

Target audience

  • Optometrists.

Domains and learning outcomes


s.10 Work collaboratively with colleagues in the interests of patients

  • Understands how optometrists can integrate higher levels of qualifications and clinical skills into their own practices and work collaboratively with colleagues in primary and secondary care to develop their eyecare services
  • Understands the expanding roles of optometrists and how optometrists may work with others to become the first contact practitioners for eye health, now and in the future.


Dr Mary-Ann Sherratt PhD MCOptom DipTp(IP) DipGlauc

Mary-Ann is Head of Optometry and Consultant Optometrist at Bristol Eye Hospital. Previously Workforce Development Portfolio Lead for the School of Health and Social Wellbeing at the University of the West of England, she was Clinical Lead for Optometry at UWE and led on the development of the UWE Bristol Eye Clinic. 

A NICE Centre for Guidelines Expert Advisor on Serious Eye Disorders, she represented the College on Optometry Wales for six years, becoming their Clinical Advisor during the formalisation of the Eye Care Plan for Wales. A previous College representative on the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, Mary-Ann is also a past President of the College.

Panel members

Andy Britton BSc FCOptom DipTp(IP) Dip Glauc Prof Cert Med Ret

Andy Britton is a specialist optometrist with over 25 years' experience across a wide range of practices.  

For the last 17 years he has been the Director of Specsavers Haverfordwest where he has used his clinical focus to bring advanced practice and eyecare to the forefront of primary care.  

He holds Diplomas in Independent Prescribing and Glaucoma as well as the professional certificate in Medical Retina. He has an interest in myopia management and offers Orthokeratology, MiSight and MiyoSmart lenses in practice. Andy also sits on Welsh Optometric Committee and Optometry Wales on behalf of his Regional Optometric Committee.

Ian Cameron BSc MCOptom DipTp(IP) DipCLP

Ian is Managing Director of Cameron Optometry, a large contact lens and therapeutics specialist practice in Edinburgh. 

Trained in Manchester, he worked in contact lens research, the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and taught undergraduate practical skills at Manchester University before a move to independent practice. 

With diplomas in Contact Lens Practice and Therapeutics, certification in Glaucoma, optometric Laser and minor surgery, he is an enthusiastic independent prescriber and lectures widely on all aspects of eye care from business to retinal pathology.

Dr Peter Frampton MSc(Hons) FCOptom DipTp(IP) DipTp(AS) DipTp(SP) BAppSc(Optom)(AUS)

Peter Frampton trained as an Optometrist at QUT, Brisbane Australia; he moved to Britain in 1986 and took ownership of Aaron Optometrists in 1993.  

A Masters Degree with Distinction in Ocular Therapeutics was attained from Bradford University. In 2009 Peter achieved Additional Supply and Supplementary Prescribing status and was one of the first 30 optometrists to pass the Independent Prescriber common assessment in the same year.   

In 2011 he was made a Fellow of the College of Optometrists for recognition of his ‘commitment to clinical excellence’. Peter successfully achieved his Doctorate via Aston University is 2017.  Peter is a visiting lecturer for Independent Prescribing at the University of Hertfordshire.

Brian McKeown BSc MCOptom DipTp(IP) Prof Cert Glauc

Brian McKeown is an IP optometrist and owner of three independent optometry practices in Northern Ireland. 

He represents his country as an AOP councillor and he is vice chair for Optometry Northern Ireland. He has been instrumental in setting up a new IP led pathway for acute eye conditions and enjoys utilising his skills in a community setting.   

When he is not working he enjoys time with his family, cycling and coaching rugby. He still hasn’t got over the fact that Ireland got beaten in another rugby World Cup quarter final!