College of Optometrists invites optometrists to enrol in clinical educator training funded by Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund

  • 25 Jan 2018

We are working with Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund to deliver new clinical educator training to optometrists and dispensing opticians.

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The College of Optometrists is working with the Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund (IAMF) to deliver new clinical educator training to optometrists and dispensing opticians involved in educational aspects of optometry, dispensing and contact lens practice.

The course is designed for healthcare professionals and will provide ten students with a foundation module that covers the basics of teaching practice. Run by Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME), this course is designed for those who want an understanding of the basic principles of teaching and who want to update their knowledge of best practice. It is aimed at those who want to continue to work full time and will be delivered by distance learning including webinars and online lectures over 12 weeks, involving the equivalent of 80 hours of work.

David Cartwright, chair of the IAMF said, “Initially this fund was used to support education lectures and, for the last twenty years, to allow two students per year a chance to join a Vision Aid Overseas project. Our Trustees have now agreed a new direction for the fund, to support education within the sphere of optical practice, and to continue the lasting legacy appropriate to commemorate Irvine Aitchison’s ambition and enthusiasm for innovation in optometric and optical education. We are delighted to be taking this innovative step and we very much hope that by equipping individuals with the appropriate teaching and education, more optometrists and dispensing opticians  will be encouraged to undertake these roles.“

Jackie Martin, Director of Education at the College of Optometrists said, “We are delighted to work with Irvine Aitchison to deliver this training to both optometrists and dispensing opticians. This course will help support the increasing number of practitioners involved in the teaching and training of optometrists. An additional advantage of the ESME course is that students are in mixed professional groups which gives them the opportunity to learn from other professionals in healthcare such as nursing and medicine.”

The IAMF is a charity focused on providing opportunities for students of optometry and dispensing optics to broaden their horizons and gain new insights into their professions. The educator training has been launched recognising that optical professionals are increasingly engaged in teaching both in an undergraduate and practice setting. 

Those interested in undertaking the course, or looking for more information should fill in the application form or contact Emily Stevens/Stephanie Hamilton at the College of Optometrists:

Essential Skills in Medical Education application form

The College is inviting applications to undertake a clinical educator training course funded by the Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund (IAMF).




Notes to Editors

  1. The Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund, a registered educational charity, was established in 1966 to commemorate its first chairman, Irvine Aitchison, who was a prominent figure in the optical world until the early 1960s.  
  2. The College of Optometrists is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.
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