Specsavers in Havant is celebrating after a member of the team qualified to become a fully-fledged optometrist last month.
Objective Structured Clinical Examination
Katie Atkins has successfully completed her final OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) assessment. The OSCE consists of 16 short tasks, known as stations, which tests pre-reg optometrists on their competency in areas such as clinical examination, practical skills and data interpretation.
Katie has been revising day and night to prepare for the exams while working under supervision of opticians at Specsavers Havant.
She said: ‘I mostly feel relief, but also strange that I don't have an exam on the horizon to be thinking about. It's a very good feeling to be able to relax completely and feel proud that I've accomplished something that has been the end goal for many years now.’
Specsavers Havant toasted Katie’s success by treating her and the team to a pub evening after work, where she was also presented with a bunch of flowers from the store.
Katie now plans to ‘take it easy’ before deciding her next move in optical care. She said: ‘Eventually I would like to qualify as an independent prescriber, but I have to be qualified for two years before I could start. So I'll enjoy these two years of finally being a fully-qualified optom.’