Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to refer a patient to an IP optometrist

Downloadable IP referral form

Referral form

In these unusual times, the optical profession is getting used to new ways of working, some of which may be new or unfamiliar.

One big area of change is working remotely in collaboration with colleagues to provide patient care. To try and make this process as straight forward as possible, while ensuring that both parties involved are protected, we have worked with experienced independent prescriber (IP) qualified optometrists to produce a referral form. This is intended to allow non-IP qualified colleagues to provide information to an IP qualified colleague in a structured way.

Many schemes will have their own version of this process, but we are aware that some might find this daunting and have developed this form to help.