Ask the Examiner: the OSCE’s

For those of you who are preparaing for the forthcoming College of Optometrists OSCE’s (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), then we have created an Ask the Examiner thread.  Please feel free to join the discussion!

Preparing for Assessments. Your Guide to Visit 1

Time Management – the key to a successful pre-registration year One of the most important features of the Scheme for Registration (SfR) is the need for short and long term planning so that you are able to prepare effectively for the assessment visits and final examinations.  Time Management is an effective results tool used throughout […]

Visit 3: Your guide to Competency 4.2.1

4.2.1 Advises on the use of, and dispenses simple low vision aids including simple hand and stand magnifiers, typoscopes and handheld telescopes. Compulsory Evidence – Patient Record/s The indicators for this competency statement include: Identifies which patients would benefit from low vision aids and advice Understands the principles of magnification, field of view and working […]

Communication Skills Competency 1.1

Competency 1.1 – Overarching competency: The ability to take an accurate history from patients with a range of optometric conditions This competency does what it says on the tin.  To pass this the Assessor needs to witness via a variety of methods that an accurate, relevant history can be taken and recorded from a number of […]

The OSCES, Selective Attention and the Invisible Gorilla

First Published in Optometry Today, May 2011 History: why did the College implement the move? The College introduced the OSCE’s, or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations a few years back as a forward move to a system of pre-registration examinations that were seen to be less biased, impartial and non-discriminatory. Like many significant changes in any […]

Professional Conduct Competency 2.4

Competency 2.4: The ability to make a judgement regarding referral and an understanding of referral pathways Referral of patients to another practitioner may be classed as an emergency, urgent or routine referral.  You need to know when to refer the patient to the GP, Hospital Eye Service or another eye care practitioner. This competency examines your […]

Communication Skills Competency 1.8

Competency 1.8: An ability to understand the patient’s expectations and aspirations and manage empathetically situations where these cannot be met This competency revolves predominantly around the “human” elements of the eye examination and practice. Best Form Evidence There is no compulsory evidence requested to demonstrate this competency. The Assessor could assess this competency via Direct Observation. […]

Visual Function Competency 3.8

Competency 3.8: An understanding of the special examination needs of patients with learning and other disabilities This competency deals with the trainee’s ability to adapt  the eye examination to meet he needs of a patient with learning disabilities or a disability that may mean a more routine examination is not suitable. Best Form Evidence This competency […]

Contact Lenses Competency 7.7

Competency 7.7: An understanding of and the ability to fit soft contact lenses to patients with astigmatism This competency requires the trainee to have a good understanding of how toric contact lenses work and to recognise the limitations of the different lens types.  The ability to fit these lenses requires the trainee to recognise when toric […]

Contact Lenses Competency 7.5

Competency 7.5: The ability to manage the aftercare of patients wearing rigid gas permeable lenses This competency assesses your ability to take a good history and symptoms from an existing rigid gas permeable (RGP) lens wearer and to manage any contact lens related signs or symptoms that the patient may present with.  Despite the decreasing number […]