Free training events for practitioners supervising students on the FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing course are now being offered by Anglia Ruskin University.
The course is unique in that it is accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC). Meeting the requirements of its Scheme for Registration for Dispensing Opticians, the course provides students with the skills they need in professional practice, low vision and contact lens management, visual optics and ocular emergencies and ophthalmic lenses.
On successful completion of the course, students are eligible to register with the GOC as dispensing opticians.
The free training events are open to all current supervisors and those interested in learning more about the course. A minimum of six CET points is offered for attending all sessions at the training event.
The weekday training events include information about the course programme and assessments, and aim to give attendees an understanding of the theoretical and practicals in the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, case records, work logs, supervised tests and the audit process involved in the degree programme.
The FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing course is three years long, with students attending residential workshops in Cambridge four times a year. The current annual fees for the course are £3750.
Anglia Ruskin University course leader, Julie Hughes (pictured), said: “Our course offers students a streamlined approach to obtaining their registration with the GOC as dispensing opticians, while ensuring that the highest standards of ophthalmic dispensing, as set by the GOC, are met.”
Professor John Siderov, of the Faculty of Science and Technology, told OT: “We are the first university to have pioneered ophthalmic dispensing through distance learning, and so it is noteworthy that the first commendation from the GOC panel was to congratulate the team on its continued enthusiasm in the ‘pursuit of innovation in the profession’.”
The events will be held in Edinburgh on 28 February, in Sheffield and Dublin on 1 March, in Birmingham on 8 March, London on 14 March and finally Cambridge on 16 March.
For more information, visit the Anglia Ruskin University website.