Resources are suitable for ophthalmologists, orthoptists, optometrists and ophthalmic nurses who are keen to undertake or support the OPT programme in their unit. Find out more about the Ophthalmic Practitioner Training (OPT).
Getting started in Ophthalmic Practitioner Training (OPT) based on the Ophthalmology Common Clinical Competency Framework (OCCCF)
This webinar, hosted by Melanie Corbett (previous Curriculum Lead for OPT) and Robert Barry (OPT Training the Trainers Lead), will help learners understand the OPT training in their unit and help managers to set up training programs and support their learners.
Supervision of OPT
An OPT Learner works with a variety of trainers and supervisors, who can be from any of the four professions. Training for these roles is provided through OPT Training the Trainers (TTT) courses:
- Clinical Supervisors – responsible for the learning and patient care in any clinical session. A learner has multiple Clinical Supervisors – one for every clinical session.
- Educational Supervisor – supports the overall learning and progression of the learner, and ensures that their portfolio is completed satisfactorily.
- Unit OPT Lead – responsible for the organisation and allocation of clinical and educational opportunities in their unit
- Regional OPT Lead – is a member of the RCOphth Regional Team and upholds the standards of the OPT Programme in their region by:
- ensuring the eligibility of learners, and provision of training opportunities
- assessing portfolios and the quality of materials, assessments and reports within them
- supporting trainers and supervisors.
Each region has an OPT Lead. For up to date information on who currently holds the OPT Lead role, contact your Regional Education Advisor.