Scope IP Bursary Scheme

Scope Independent Prescriber Bursary Scheme

- Applications for 2024 are open -

What is the Scope Independent Prescriber Bursary Scheme?

Applications for the 2024 Scope Eyecare Independent Prescriber Bursary Scheme are now open. 


Now in its third year, this was established to support Optometrists who wish to enhance their clinical skills and qualify as Independent Prescribers.


Through this new Bursary Scheme, Optometrists will be asked to submit an interesting patient case study where they believe having an IP qualification would have improved the patients experience and care.

Award Details

6 participants will be shortlisted to present their cases, via Zoom to a judging panel early June. The winner will receive a £3,000 bursary to be used towards tuition fees to enhance their clinical skills and qualify as Independent Prescribers. The two runners up will receive £1,500 and the remaining three finalists will each receive £100.

How To Enter

Who Can Enter

See who can avail of the bursary and if your are eligible to apply

Pick & Prepare Your Case Entry

Identify your case and create your submission in line with the guidelines provided

Submit By 31st May 2024

Submit your case entry to the email address provided below


The Scope IP Bursary is designed to support Optometrists who wish to enhance their clinical skills and qualify as Independent Prescribers.


Scope is delighted to offer a bursary of £3,000 to the winner to be used towards tuition fees at a centre of your choice. We also have a runners up bursary of £1,500 for 2nd and 3rd place plus £100 vouchers for the rest of the shortlisted participants. 


The bursary is open to all UK Optometrists considering starting an IP qualification in order to improve their skills and patient care.


The application consists of two sections:


  1. Submit an interesting patient case study where having an IP qualification would have improved the patients experience and care. Please use the template provided but feel free to add any additional details that you feel would enhance your application. Your application should be submitted as a word document.


Points to include:

  • Background
  • Clinical History
  • The patients presenting condition
  • How you managed it
  • Patient outcomes
  • How would you manage it if you were IP qualified?
  • How would this benefit the patient?


  1. A paragraph on why you would like to study IP


We are looking for candidates/recipients who see a real value in qualifying as an Independent Prescribing Optometrist. In a maximum of 1000 words we would like to hear what obtaining the qualification would mean

  • to you personally
  • to your clinical setting or practice
  • to your patients



Applications for the 2023 bursary are invited until midnight Friday 31st May 2024. Applications after this time cannot be accepted.


Selection of the winners will be completed by June 2024 and the winners will be notified by email and announced in the optometric press.



Please download the application form here. Please send the application to by Friday 31st May 2024.

All applications must be submitted in a word document format.

Terms & Conditions

All applicants must agree to their case study submissions being used for further education or used on other materials that highlight how to manage patients in clinical practice. They may be also posted on the Scope Education Hub and SCOPE HCP website.



After completing the IP course winners will be expected to share their experiences using IP and provide 4 further interesting case discussions within the first 2 years of qualifying to help promote an IP qualification for Optometrists.



Sub­mit­ted cas­es must be orig­i­nal (i.e. not pre­vi­ous­ly pub­lished). The case must be sub­mit­ted by the applicant who must be the author and should not be sub­mit­ted by any­one else on their behalf.


The case study (including any images, fig­ures, illus­tra­tions etc) shall:

  • not infringe upon the pri­va­cy or per­son­al rights of others
  • not con­tain any sen­si­tive information
  • not be the copy­right of any oth­er enti­ty unless this is acknowledged

It is the authors responsibility to ensure that –

  • They have obtained all necessary consent(s), approvals and authorisations in connection with the Case submitted.
  • All the content of the Case, including the text, its title and media files have been stripped of all personal information that could be used to identify the patient.

Scope has the right to use, publish or reproduce any case studies submitted to them for promotional purposes or otherwise.

Par­tic­i­pants have the right to access, review, rec­ti­fy, can­cel or delete any per­son­al data held by Scope Ophthalmics Ltd.