Therapeutic Prescribing for Optometrists (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Cardiff

About this program

Therapeutic Prescribing for Optometrists (Taught)

The specific aim of the programme is to prepare optometrists to practise as independent prescribers and to meet the standards set by the General Optical Council for entry on to the appropriate specialist therapeutic prescribing register.

The School of Optometry will provide a supportive environment for you to advance your professional and personal development, offering high quality modules relevant to optometry that are informed by research and taught by leaders in the field.

The programme provides a flexible pathway to level 7 qualifications. It will cultivate an understanding of evidence-based practice in eye care and enable you to safely practice at the forefront of your profession to an appropriate level of competence.

Admission requirements

Application stage

Students are normally expected to hold:

  • UK/EU Students: Full GOC registration.
  • Overseas Students: Honours degree in Optometry or a professional optometric qualification.

Applicants must have been in practice for two years before commencing the Therapeutic Prescribing course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Ocular Therapeutics
  • Practical Prescribing
  • Independent Prescribing

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye and adnexa.
  • A knowledge of the pathophysiology, clinical features and natural course of the conditions being treated.
  • An understanding of the public health issues related to medicines use.
  • An understanding of the legal, ethical and professional framework for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing.
  • An understanding of his or her role as an independent prescriber, an awareness of the limitations of his or her experience and an ability to work within the limits of his or her professional competence.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of the theory and practice relating to the expected occurrence (epidemiology), the underlying disease processes (pathology) and their treatment (therapeutics or surgical intervention) as relevant to abnormal ocular conditions.
  • An ability to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of ocular therapeutic drugs.
  • An ability to critically evaluate sources of information, advice and decision support in prescribing practice, taking into account current evidence based practice.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to evaluate the principal signs and symptoms likely to be associated with various types of eye disease and to conduct appropriate ophthalmic investigations.
  • An ability to recognise the presence of ocular abnormalities and eye disease, make a differential diagnosis and make decisions on the appropriate management strategies.
  • An ability to take a comprehensive medical history and examine the eye and adnexa using appropriate instrumentation and clinical techniques.
  • An ability to identify the nature and severity of the presenting condition and to generate an appropriate patient-specific clinical management plan

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Further develop good communication skills
  • Further develop professionalism towards colleagues and patients
  • Exercise initiative, self-reliance and time-management skills for their own independent learning
  • Exercise problem solving and IT skills
  • Access and utilise information form a variety of resources
  • Appreciate alternative viewpoints

What are the learning outcomes of this course/program?

  • To be able to assess the signs and symptoms of anterior eye disease to make a differential diagnosis and to rank available treatment options and formulate, recommend and defend (by providing evidence of appraisal of the literature) an appropriate management plan.
  • To be able to evaluate the response of anterior eye disease to treatment and choose to revise the diagnosis and management plan, or not, justifying and explaining the choice(s) made.
  • To be able to combine the information from investigations to rank potential treatment options and to formulate, recommend and justify (by providing evidence of appraisal of the literature) an appropriate management plan for patients with ocular hypertension and glaucoma.
  • To be able to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment to lower intra-ocular pressure in patients with ocular hypertension and glaucoma and to review the management plan accordingly or not, defending and explaining the choice(s) made
  • To be able to rank potential treatment options and to formulate and review a management plan for people with eye disease, evidencing an understanding of the diverse influences on prescribing decisions including local and national guidance, clinical effectiveness, general health, cost, safety concerns/ side effects and patient choice and explaining and justifying the choices made to patients and colleagues .

Career paths

The specific aim of the program is to prepare optometrists to practise as independent prescribers and to meet the standards set by the General Optical Council for entry on to the appropriate specialist therapeutic prescribing register.

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