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New AOP register connects pre-reg optometrists with practices

The AOP has launched an online register that enables students to list their availability for pre-reg placements

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A new AOP resource helps students and pre-reg members to list their availability for placements.

AOP’s head of education, Dr Ian Beasley, highlighted that some pre-reg students lost their placements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The launch of the new register allows our student members to showcase skills and availability to practices in their surrounding area. Pre-regs offer a unique solution to utilising redundant consulting room space while working at a pace that lends itself well to current circumstances, as well as providing an extra pair of clinical hands," he said.

Pre-reg AOP member, Fatima, joined the AOP pre-reg register after her chosen placement fell through because of a COVID-19 related backlog.

“I decided to join the AOP Pre-reg register as it seemed like a great way of securing the ideal training post by targeting a wider field of potential employers,” she emphasised.

The free register is complementary to the AOP’s pre-reg optometrist vacancies list, which allows practices to advertise pre-reg vacancies for free.

Although the register can be accessed by all AOP members, only students and pre-reg optometrists with active AOP memberships will be able to list their details. 

Before searching for a pre-reg optometrist or listing details on the register, members are advised to read the guidelines for usage and the frequently asked questions.

The AOP has also announced that Raveena Vaghela has just been appointed as the new AOP Council member representing pre-reg optometrists until June 2021.