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Therapeutic prescribing - Registration Rule changes

22 Nov 2007

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This summer the Department of Health announced that optometrists will be able to train to prescribe medicines independently. The decision will enable practitioners to prescribe licensed medicines for ocular conditions affecting the eye and surrounding tissue. Changes to existing legislation are expected to pass through Parliament during spring 2008, and Council discussed changes to the Registration Rules that will create an Independent Prescribing specialty.
Registrants wishing to become independent prescribers will have to complete GOC-approved training. Once their training is completed, they must apply to have the specialty entered against their name in the register. Specialty practitioners will have to keep their skills up to date by completing additional CET. The GOC could approve training courses in time to enable recruitment of the first trainees next autumn.

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