The WHO Global Action Plan 2014-19 notes that “Allied Ophthalmic Personnel” (AOP) comprise opticians, ophthalmic nurses, orthoptists, ophthalmic and optometric assistants, ophthalmic and optometric technicians, vision therapists, ocularists, ophthalmic photographer/imagers, and ophthalmic administrators.
Lack of well-trained eye care team members is one of the most significant barriers to delivering and improving eye care globally. Skilled AOP are needed to produce efficient, low-cost eye care teams. This in turn requires expert trainers to develop competent AOP.
In 2015, IAPB with partners International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO)/ Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and ICO signed the Cambridge Declaration. The declaration acknowledges the critical role of AOP in the delivery of high quality comprehensive eye services – and their role in achieving Universal Eye Health.
- Effective practices for eye care team (Case studies)
- Resources for Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (A list that will be updated regularly)
- Allied Ophthalmic Personnel Training of trainers curriculum
The “Allied Ophthalmic Personnel Training the Trainers Curriculum” provides resources necessary to educate trainers of AOP to be effective educators. It highlights a list of competencies believed to be important for trainers of AOP.
- priority points in the organisation of the eye health workforce
- systems for training
- consideration of retaining and providing continuing professional development
The Resources for Allied Ophthalmic Personnel is a list in progress, to which more additions will be made.
I would like to thank all members of the work group for their commitment in producing such excellent resources.
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