Roles and responsibilities
As a supervisor, you must have been fully registered with the GOC for a period of two consecutive years prior to accepting the responsibility. You must maintain this registration for the full training period. Any lapse in this registration will void some of your student’s hard work and examinations. You may only be responsible for a maximum of two GOC registered trainees at any one time.
GOC definition of supervision: ‘the supervisor must be physically present on the premises, contactable and able to intervene and exercise their clinical judgement if required’.
Whilst undertaking their studies, ABDO College dispensing students are required to be contracted to work for a minimum period each week in practice as trainee dispensing opticians under the supervision of a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or ophthalmic medical practitioner.
This enables trainees to develop their practical expertise and gain experience under real working conditions at the same time as learning the necessary theory. They can also earn money and progress in their careers simultaneously with studying. During their three years of training, students are required to complete a log book that shows a practical experience timetable with details of specific tasks, which are signed off by the supervisor when completed satisfactorily.
The registered practice-based supervisor is responsible for the continuous personal supervision of their trainee and for ensuring that the student is exposed to the variety of practice that enables them to complete their pre-qualification portfolio. Supervisors are also expected to offer practical and personal support along with encouragement and guidance.
ABDO guidance for supervisors
ABDO Guidance for students
ABDO Advice & Guidelines
Signing off tasks
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