Congratulations to the first Orthoptists who have qualified in using the exempted medicines!

The first ever medicines students have gained their qualification from The University of Sheffield and are expecting annotation on the HCPC register at any minute! They will be able to independently supply the prescription only and pharmacy only medicines exempted for Orthoptists, to patients. This is great news for patient care, for Orthoptics as a profession and for NHS provision!

Congratulations to Orthoptists Louise Blackburn, Greg Richardson, Joshua Simmons, Haseeb Ali, Aishah Baig, Rebecca Bailey, Karzan Hughes, Sabrina Katharpermall, Olivia King, Faye Mather, and Sarah Spain who are the first Orthoptists ever to be annotated in Exemptions!  This is a huge moment for our profession and we are very proud of all of you!

Did you know? You can study Medicines (Exemptions) as part of the MMedSci in Vision and Strabismus or as a standalone module at The University of Sheffield.

We are currently accepting applications for the September 2019 intake which begins with a residential weekend for MMedSci students on 14-15 September 2019 or an introductory day on the Saturday for Medicines (Exemptions) standalone students.

What our students think:

Greg Richardson, said “I really enjoyed getting exposure to different aspects of ophthalmology that I haven’t worked in so much previously, and thinking about how I can apply exemptions to other areas of my practice.  It is great to be among the first cohort of students to qualify in the use of exemptions, and to be able to put the skills learnt into practice. It is really good to be able to provide the best possible care to my patients by using medicines within my scope of practice.”

Aishah Baig, said: “Personally, one of the biggest positives of the module was that it greatly broadened my knowledge base; it helped me to more fully understand and feel safer in the use of medicines we use as orthoptists on a regular basis. Passing this module has made me feel that I can confidently use these medicines in practice independently. The course has also equipped me with invaluable new knowledge and skills enabling me to take on extended roles in my future career, which is becoming increasingly important in orthoptics due to the demands on ophthalmology services.  I am hopeful that this module and exemptions law will help orthoptists across the country in providing more efficient services to their patients.”

Programme Leader Dr Charlotte Codina, said: “We are delighted to see these students become able to supply the medicines exempted for orthoptists. As the first ever orthoptists qualify in this new area of expertise, it will mean that patients are able to receive more timely medication, have greater choice of treatment and ultimately better, evidence-based care.  We have been really impressed with how our students have reflected on their own clinical practice, the advanced knowledge they have shown of these medicines and the implications of independently supplying medicines to patients in the future.  We’re very thankful to the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) and to the BIOS medicines project lead, Claire Saha, for making exemptions for orthoptists possible. We are confident that our qualified students will improve patient care as a result.”

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