There has been lots of upskilling developments for OT to report on during 2017, from the growing number of independent prescribing optoms out there and the opportunities that minor eye conditions schemes have presented, to myopia management and dry eye.
Those who I have spoken to who have trodden these paths have nothing but positive stories to share. These range from a sense of best helping the patient, to bettering themselves as practitioners and an increased satisfaction with their career.
Yet before the doing comes the learning. Some have gained qualifications through courses of varying lengths and experience, others have enhanced their knowledge through CET, lecture attendance and research reading.
Have your say on our community forums
What professional New Year's resolutions will you be making in January?
The New Year, new start mantra always encourages you to reflect on your achievements in one year and set some goals for the next, so do let us know via the AOP’s community forums about your professional goals for 2018.
With 2018 comes the final year of the current CET cycle. While I'm sure many of you will have been slowly and steadily working up to the 36-point requirement, others will need raise their efforts to meet the benchmark. And with the competencies to tick off, there may need to be a little planning too.
When OT re-opens its online CET on 2 January, the hard to find verification and identification contact lens competency will be available – diary reminders set?
Working to best meet the educational needs of members, the AOP’s 2018 education programme promises to be a packed one, with new events introduced alongside the extension of some popular ones.
For those who want to be ahead of the points game come December 2018, the AOP has once again organised a comprehensive and interesting education programme during 100% Optical, with more than 100 CET points available.