Duncan and Todd Group Further Expertise with IP Qualified Staff
Posted on 26 February 2020
Scotland’s largest independent optical provider, Duncan and Todd Group, has strengthened its services with 25% of its optometrists becoming qualified to prescribe medication – higher than the national average.
Optometrists clinically assess conditions, establish a diagnosis and determine a clinical management plan for the patient. The Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification from the College of Optometrists allows optometrists to prescribe most licensed medicines for any conditions affecting the eye area avoiding the need for an onward referral to the hospital or GP surgery.
Four optometrists passed their IP qualifications last year, taking the total number to more than a quarter of Duncan and Todd’s team in 41 practices across Scotland, including staff at 20 20 Opticians and Duncan and Todd Opticians.
Julie Mosgrove, professional services manager at Duncan and Todd Group, said the increased number of IP qualified opticians enhances the service for patients.
“Optometrists in Scotland average around 22% of IP qualified optometrists so to have so many IP qualified employees and more in the process underlines the scope of our expertise within the industry,” she said.
“Our staff are now able to help patients on a more instant basis, potentially offering a diagnosis and prescribing the correct medicine for conditions affecting the eye. It’s extremely valuable for us to have staff who can prescribe where suitable, an NHS prescription.”
In order for Duncan and Todd optometrists to qualify for the Independent Prescribing course, they had to be a registered optometrist with the General Optical Council and have practised in the UK for two years.
On completion of the course, employees began a clinical placement at the hospital, learning to prescribe effectively in context before sitting their final examinations.
Duncan and Todd Group is committed to offering patients the highest level of care within the fields of optometry and audiology, as well as training staff in specialist fields.