Gillian Bruce - Optometrist - Edinburgh
Listening to what optometrists need and want
Since returning to Optometry after a short break NES has provided me with invaluable support in training and development.
My initial contact with NES was through their website which provided the perfect platform to access optometry training in my area. The training on offer was innovative, high quality and diverse allowing me to choose courses that were specific to my training needs. The courses ranged from communication skills to complex neurology, to training me to train others. All were delivered in a supportive environment offering peer interaction and excellent take home material to consolidate my learning
The addition of the new portal website has made accessing and booking these courses even easier.
NES also provided me with the opportunity to develop my skills into the realms of independent prescribing (IP) by funding my IP training delivered through Glasgow Caledonian University. Fundamentally NES also guarantees practical prescribing experience through the provision of the Lothian Teach and Treat clinic. This clinic offers the unique chance to be able to work alongside ophthalmologists in a real clinic environment. There is no better way to learn and build confidence than to be faced with real eyes and real people.
Now that I have gained my qualification, NES continues to support me through events such as the inaugural IP annual conference held earlier this year. NES funding means that Scotland leads the way in the number of Independent prescribing optometrists.
NES listen to what optometrists need and want. The training provided has allowed me to practise with confidence and has given me both the theoretical and practical knowledge that I can transfer directly into my daily work.
The development of these additional skills has not only made my work more interesting and rewarding but offers many benefits to patients, who can now have most of their ocular problems dealt with by their local optometrist. Additionally this helps to relax some of the burden of eye problems on GPs and hospital out-patient hospital departments.