The College of Optometrists

Professional development

A12
The College recommends that you tailor your professional development to your practice by including a range of relevant development activities.
A13
Plan your professional development to tackle areas that require improvement and which help you explore new knowledge and skills. You can take advantage of unplanned or spontaneous learning opportunities, such as informal discussions with colleagues about interesting cases. You should reflect on your learning, thinking about how you will put it into practice.
A14
Undertaking regular professional development means you can:
  1. add value to your scope of practice
  2. keep up to date
  3. develop your confidence
  4. cope with change
  5. deliver high-quality patient care, and
  6. enhance your career prospects and job satisfaction.
A15
Professional development can include:
  1. formal and informal learning
  2. active learning, such as group work, peer review, writing and presenting
  3. distance learning, such as reading journals, online learning and listening to podcasts, and
  4. reflective activities.

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