The purpose of these competencies is to improve the quality and relevance of the care provided by the professional eye care health workforce. The allocation of specific competencies to a specific cadre of eye health personnel is the remit of training institutions and regulatory bodies. The document outlines a comprehensive set of core (minimum) competencies for the eye health workforce as a step towards the development of competency-based training. The framework is divided into 10 domains comprising 4 clinical and 6 non-clinical domains. Each competence is further broken down into associated relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors.
The primary beneficiaries of these competencies are: Ophthalmologists; Optometrists; Allied ophthalmic personnel (AOP). The competencies framework can be used as a guide for self-directed learning, as an advocacy tool, and for assessments. There will also be a broad range of users of the competencies including Educational institutions; Learners of eye health; Professional associations; Licensing and regulatory bodies and; Policymakers, e.g., ministries for health and education.
The Guide outlines strategies and approaches proposed by WHO that provide practical, step-by-step support to Member States in the planning and implementation of integrated people-centred eye care (IPEC).