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Becoming IP-The difficulties 03 Nov 2020 22:18 #94

  • don williams
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As a brief introduction:
Most of the information how to qualify as an IP Optom is well explained on the College's website. The main difficulty of the whole process is finding a suitable placement. This is what the vast majority of prospective IP Optoms find difficult. I was lucky because my placement was essentially my job so I didn't have to look for a placement. I do try my best to help Optoms find placement in the Birmingham area.
The theoretical aspect of IP is not that difficult and very interesting. The exam is not that easy though..!

Any questions-feel free to ask.
Don

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Becoming IP-The difficulties 05 Sep 2021 11:25 #177

Hello Don:

Relating to 'placements', what are your thoughts on the (proposed?) changes to a 'placements' being available under an existing IP Optometrist?

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Andrew

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Becoming IP-The difficulties 06 Sep 2021 06:40 #179

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Hi Andrew,
Thank you for asking as a few Optoms have already contacted me to be their supervisor! In summary, what they've proposed is that an Ophthalmologist needs to oversee the placement but an IP Optom can take the role of being the supervisor provided the IP Optom supervisor has got 2+ years experience as an IP Optom.
to keep it simple, I think it's a brilliant idea. There are brilliant IP Optoms out there that can probably fulfil this role better that being under an Ophthalmologist. The reason I say this, is that an IP qualified Optom with the relevant experience and clinical skills will have more time to supervise that an Ophthalmologist in a busy HES setting. The backlog of patients on the NHS is huge as you know and to add more work for an Ophthalmologist may not be practical at least for the next few years. So, yes, I think it is a very good step.

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