16 March 2016
A change in legislation means that Orthoptists (allied health professionals specialising in squints and eye movement disorders) will be able to train to supply and administer a limited list of eye medicines without the need for a doctor’s prescription (known as an exemption). In future, patients will be able to get the medicines they need at the right time and in the right place for maximum benefit. This will be more convenient as it will reduce the number of appointments and the number of healthcare professionals seen to get the medicines they need.
Patient safety remains of paramount importance. Not all orthoptists will be eligible to train to use exemptions. The body that regulates orthoptists, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), has developed new draft standards for the supply and administration of medicines by orthoptists. These standards are available to view and a consultation about them is now running until 3rd May 2016.
BIOS encourage all interested parties such as health care professionals and their professional bodies, patients, relatives, carers, patient groups and voluntary organisations and charities to respond to the short online survey and let their views be known https://www.research.net/r/standardsorthoptistexemp .
There are 6 questions to answer:
Q1. Do you think the standards are set at the level necessary for safe and effective sale, supply and administration of medicines via exemptions?
Q2. Do you think the standards relating to practice placements (D1-D11)* are appropriate?
Q3. Do you think any additional standards are necessary?
Q4. Do you think there are any standards which should be reworded or removed?
Q5. Do you have any comments about the language used in the standards?
Q6. Do you have any other comments on the standards?