The way that training for optometrists and dispensing opticians is delivered is changing – A message from OS to the profession

9th June 2021

The way that training for optometrists and dispensing opticians is delivered is changing

The outcome of the Education Strategic Review (ESR), conducted by the GOC into the accreditation, quality assurance and standards of education for optical professionals in the UK, will require changes to the way in which training for optometrists and dispensing opticians is delivered.

Student optometrists and dispensing opticians will acquire a single qualification allowing them entry to the GOC register, with qualifications overseen by a single provider, as opposed to the traditional route of undertaking a separate pre-registration period upon completion of undergraduate training.

New qualifications in optometry will require to be at the equivalent of “Masters” level (likely delivered over 5 years in Scotland), with qualifications in dispensing optics being at “Honours” level (4 years). Training programmes will incorporate at least 48 weeks of patient-facing learning and experience in practice.

Optometry Scotland is committed to working closely with Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of the Highlands and Islands, the Scottish Government and all OS stakeholders in order to deliver a solution that provides the best outcome for the professions in Scotland.

We will keep the professions up to date with more details as plans unfold.

Best wishes,

 

Your OS Team