Leadership in IP practice: How to be Nelson Mandela, not General Custer

About the session

CPD ref: C-107770


With the step into independent prescribing, as a profession we need to align ourselves with the frameworks adopted by our medical colleagues. This talk will cover the framework for clinical leadership and how it applies to day-to- day clinical practice.

Target audience

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

Domains and learning outcomes

Leadership and accountability

s.12 Ensure a safe environment for your patient

  • Understands how to create procedures and processes to maximise patient safety.


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

  • Understands the importance of working with other health professionals and colleagues in optometry
  • Understands how to use social media platforms to improve knowledge and obtain professional advice.

s.16 Be honest and trustworthy

  • Understands the importance of acting with integrity
  • Understands how to develop a self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses and actively engages in CPD.

Specialty CPD - AS/SP/IP optometrist

  • Understands how to access latest research for evidence based practice.


Ian Jarvis BSc MCOptom DipTp(IP)

Ian Jarvis has been in Independent practice in Dundee for over 30 years and qualified as an Independent prescriber in 2011. 

He has been actively involved in training and education. He set up and ran the first NES clinical skills centre at Dundee University. These courses were to improve the practical and clinical decision making skills of optometrists and were attended by 70% of practising Optometrists in Tayside.

He has been a Scottish council member for The College of Optometrists and sat on the Research Committee, which awards funding to future research projects in Optometry. He is currently council member for Optometry Scotland and been involved with the design of the Community Glaucoma and Advanced anterior eye schemes in Scotland.