College of Optometrists appoints new Lead Assessor for the Scheme for Registration

  • 6 Apr 2018

The College has appointed hospital optometrist, Sophie Harper FCOptom DipTP(IP) as Lead Assessor for the Scheme for Registration.

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The College of Optometrists has appointed hospital optometrist, Sophie Harper FCOptom DipTP(IP), as Lead Assessor for the Scheme for Registration, following the retirement of current College Lead Assessor, Ruth Brough, who served in the role for over 12 years.   

Sophie has been a Scheme for Registration supervisor and College examiner for many years and is an experienced assessor in the North West. As Lead Assessor, she will oversee the delivery and quality assurance of the work-based assessment element of the Scheme for Registration. She will work with the College’s Deputy Lead Assessor and senior assessors to provide guidance, advice and training to support the UK-wide team of College assessors. She will also help develop our assessment processes and respond to any future changes to the way in which optometrists are trained. 

Speaking about the appointment, Jackie Martin, Director of Education at the College said: “We are so pleased that Sophie will be joining our team. This is a key role in enabling the College to deliver the Scheme for Registration and helping us to shape the future of assessment for trainee optometrists. As well as being an experienced hospital optometrist, Sophie has been a supervisor and she will continue as a College assessor. Her involvement and vital insight in the running of the Scheme for Registration will help us to ensure that we continue to deliver the high standard of assessment the Scheme is renowned for. I also want to recognise the invaluable role that Ruth Brough has played in developing and introducing the Scheme for Registration, and in all of her endeavours for the College and we wish her all the best for her retirement. 

Speaking about her new role, Sophie said: "I really look forward to taking on the role of Lead Assessor in the Scheme for Registration and becoming part of the excellent and hard-working education team at the College. The Scheme for Registration has developed significantly since its inception over 10 years ago. Now I will ensure I offer robust leadership for assessment, by working with a national team of assessors and meeting the new challenges within the changing face of optometry.” 

Sophie will start her role at the College in July 2018. 

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. Sophie Harper biography

    Sophie Harper has worked in hospital and community optometry, most recently working at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital where she has a specialist interest in medical contact lenses, corneal clinics and acute services. She is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists by examination and more recently gained her Independent Prescribing qualification. Sophie has been a supervisor and College examiner for many years and is an experienced assessor in the North West.
     
  2. The College 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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