From 31st March 2017, optometrists in Ireland who must be registered with CORU (Health & Social Care Professionals Council) will be required to participate in compulsory continuing professional development in order to maintain registration and the right to practice.
Members of the Association of Optometrists Ireland have been required to complete a minimum level of CPD to stay as a member of the Asssociation since 2008. Since 2015 optometrists have been regulated by CORU, and subject to its Code of Conduct & Ethics. This code requires participation in regular CPD for all registrants (not just members of the Association.
However, on the 31st March 2017, CORU has indicated that it is bringing into force specific rules and regulations regarding the format and amount of CPD registered optometrists must complete.
Members of the AOI are used to completing CPD and are expecting to find the tranistion easier that other professions where there has been no requirement for CPD in the past.
The Association provides regular education and training events & courses for members in areas such a clinical skills and professional obligations.
CORU says this about CPD
"Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which health and social care professionals maintain and improve their knowledge, skills and competence, and develop the professional qualities required throughout their professional life.
CPD is an integral component in the continuing provision of safe and effective services for the benefit of service users. CPD requires engagement by the health and social care professional in a range of learning activities on an on-going basis. "