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The mid level ophthalmic personnel are the crux of the eye care service delivery team. One needs to first understand the definition of MLOP and what are the different role they play. It is important to understand how the MLOP human resource planning needs to be done. The MLOPs play their role both in the community sector as well as in the hospital sector in the ophthalmic arena. Their job description is quite clear and used well they can make the whole delivery of eye care more efficient. There are various training curriculum as well as other resources available in order to develop a good MLOP. Assessment of MLOP in their work constant updation of their skills and knowledge via the continuous medical education (CME) programmes are a must. There are lot of institutes offering and long and short term training for them.

Our partner this time is International Council of Ophthalmology.

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The Issue Features...
MLOP for Effective Delivery of Eye Care
Vol. 3 No. 11 November 2006
•   Definition and Role of MLOP
•   MLOP - Human Resources Planning
•   Hospital and Community Based
•   Nature of Job and Job Description
•   Training Curriculum
•   Resources
•   Assessment
•   CME
•   Publications
•   Training Links
•   Collaborating Partner
•   Talk To Us

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Mid level ophthalmic personnel (MLOP) is a skilled person whose academic and clinical training qualifies him/her to carry out ophthalmic procedures. These are done under the direction or supervision of an ophthalmologist or a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery and qualified in ophthalmology.

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There is a serious shortage of skilled ophthalmologist in developing countries and efforts must be taken to ensure that their time is used effectively, MLOPs play a vital supportive role to ophthalmologist. MLOPs must be used in the correct ophthalmologist-to-MLOP ratio (usually one ophthalmologist to five MLOPs ) in order to free up ophthalmologist time to perform surgery and to lower costs by utilizing less expensive professionals.

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Comprehensive human resource planning should be based on the cardinal principles of provision of eye care as an integral part of the health care system at all levels and particularly at the community level. The mid -level eye care personnel served as a critical link between the primary and secondary/tertiary levels. We have provided you with resources which states the duties and responsibilities in Hospital and Community based centers.

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These Job descriptions are lists of the general tasks, or functions, and responsibilities of a paramedical staffs. It also include to whom the Paramedics reports to, specifications such as the qualifications needed by the person in the job, salary range for the position, etc. These Job descriptions were developed by examining the tasks and sequences of tasks necessary to perform the job. The analysis looks at the areas of knowledge and skills needed by the job.
  • ROLE OF MID LEVEL OPHTHALMIC PARAMEDICAL STAFF IN THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

  • Abstract:
    This article describes in detail about the roles and the responsibilities of Mid level ophthalmic personnel in the developing countries for providing high volume and high quality Ophthalmic service. It also describes in detail about how the Ophthalmic manpower have to be distributed in different departments and providing effective service.

  • JOB DESCRIPTION - MEDICAL RECORDS ASSISTANT

  • Abstract:
    This job description lists out the roles and the responsibilities of Medical Records Assistant and their working relations in Aravind Eye Care System.

  • MAIN RESPONSIBLITIES OF HOUSEKEEPERS

  • Abstract:
    This job description lists out the roles and the responsibilities of House Keepers and their working relations in Aravind Eye Care System.

  • JOB DESCRIPTION FOR UNIT HEAD

  • Abstract:
    This is a model job description for the Unit head in an Eye Hospital. It clearly focuses the duties of the unit head, and how to manage the duties in an organized way.

  • JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THEATRE PARAMEDICS

  • Abstract:
    This is a model job description for the Operation theatre nurses in an Eye Hospital. It clearly focuses the duties of the paramedics, and how to manage the duties in an organized way.

  • JOB DESCRIPTION FOR WARD PARAMEDICS

  • Abstract:
    This is a model job description for the Ward nurses in an Eye Hospital. It clearly focuses the duties of the paramedics, and how to manage the duties in an organized way.

  • HOUSEKEEPING JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Abstract:
    This is a model job description for the House keepers in an Eye Hospital. It clearly focuses the duties of the House keeping staffs, and how to manage the duties in an organized way.

  • JOB DESCRIPTION FOR COUNSELLORS

  • Abstract:
    This is a model job description for the Counsellors in an Eye Hospital. It clearly focuses the duties of the Counsellors, and how to manage the duties in an organized way.

  • ROLE OF MLOPS IN PROVIDING HIGH VOLUME HIGH CATARACT SURGERY

  • Abstract:
    This article deals with how the paramedics assist the Physician and hence plays a vital role in Patient Care Management, do both administrative and clinical duties, manage emergencies in situations, facilities, and personnel.

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Here are some resources which helps you to develop Curriculum for MLOP staffs. These resources will improve the curriculum which enhances the quality of care that patients receive. These curriculums is designed to provide the materials which medical educators need to deliver effective training sessions on a number of eye care topics.
  • A MODEL FOR DEVELOPING A TRAINING CURRICULUM

  • Abstract:
    This article aims to share the process involved for the development of a curriculum whilst designing a training programme.

  • MID LEVEL OPHTHALMIC PERSONNEL

  • Abstract:
    This article describes a role model of Training Curriculum followed by Aravind Eye Care System. It also lists out the different Training modules covered during the training for MLOPs. It also list the period of training, the orientation in various ophthalmic departments.

  • MLOP TRAINING POLICY

  • Abstract:
    This article describes in detail about the frame work of constancy policy for improving the paramedic efficiency for meeting the organizational developmental needs. It also describes clearly about the purpose of recruiting and training the correct person as ophthalmic assistants. It also describes in detail the strategies that have to be followed in recruiting the ophthalmic paramedics.

  • BACKGROUND OF OPHTHALMIC ASSISTANTS TRAINING PROGRAMME AT ARAVIND EYE HOSPITAL

  • Abstract:
    This article describes in detail the rationale behind training the ophthalmic assistants for serving an effective eye care population. It also briefly lists out the eligibility of the individuals to get trained as the Ophthalmic assistants for serving the eye care population.

  • CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR OPHTHALMIC PARAMEDICAL PERSONNEL

  • Abstract:
    This article lists how to plan a curriculum for training the Ophthalmic paramedical in OP, OT, Ward, Counsellors etc. It also lists out the different areas where these paramedical workers have to be trained.

  • GETTING THE BEST OUT OF THE OPHTHALMIC NURSE IN GHANA

  • Abstract:
    This article describes that the ophthalmic nurses should be imparted more quality knowledge and technical skills which in turn frees the hands of the ophthalmologists from managing common refractive errors and red eye conditions and also frees up theatre time, allowing him or her to concentrate on the more serious cases and surgery.

  • OPHTHALMIC EDUCATION AND TRAINING: ALLIED OPHTHALMIC PERSONNEL TRAINING

  • Abstract:
    This article describes in detail about the role and the responsibilities of the allied Ophthalmic personnel for providing high quality health care service. It also describes in detail about the need for training the allied ophthalmic personnel for effective service.

  • TEACHING RESOURCES: BE PREPARED!

  • Abstract:
    This article emphasis in detail about how to prepare the teaching and training materials for Ophthalmic personnel according to the users needs.

  • TRAINING OF OPHTHALMIC PARAMEDICAL WORK FORCE - CURRENT CHALLENGES IN BANGLADESH

  • Abstract:
    One of the Current challenges in Bangladesh is Training of ophthalmic paramedical work force. This article focuses on initiative taken by BNSB to develop Ophthalmic Paramedic Training also it has aims and objective of the course.

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All measures should be taken to ensure that continuous medical education is explored for all categories of eye care personnel. Continuing medical education was fragmented and poorly developed in most countries. Recent trends in reorienting traditional Continuing Medical Education (CME) should be adopted. The feasibility of periodic assessment of professional competence, based on criteria must be developed.
  • REFRESHER TRAINING AND CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR PARA-MEDICAL OPHTHALMIC ASSISTANTS

  • Abstract:
    This paper describes refresher training and continuing education programme in clinical and community ophthalmology for para-medical ophthalmic assistants (PMOAs) conducted by the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology. The course participants included PMOAs working either in district hospitals, primary health centres or mobile units. The training covered areas like patient counselling, instrument and equipment maintenance, and assistance in the operation theatre for newer surgical procedures which were lacking in the basic training were fulfilled in this training programme.

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Publications give an overview of all materials published and available for sale. The target audience of these publications is the ophthalmic technicians and ophthalmic assistants. The publications strive to enhance the knowledge and practice of ophthalmology, proper resource use, and the public awareness of ophthalmology.

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There are several potential centers in most countries that provide training to various cadres of eye care personnel. Here are the list of centers that provide training to Paramedical staffs. If your provide training to Paramedical staff and if your Organization is not listed here kindly let us know.

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International Council of Ophthalmology
ICO Mission
The ICO works with ophthalmologic societies, ophthalmologists and others to enhance ophthalmic education and the provision of eye care in order to preserve and protect vision for all people worldwide.

Principal Commitments
The ICO is focused on:
  • Enhancing ophthalmic education, particularly training of ophthalmologists and other eye care personnel to meet public needs in developing countries
  • Stimulating and supporting communication and collaboration among ophthalmologic societies and ophthalmologists globally and their involvement in initiatives to preserve vision
  • Defining and disseminating proposed standards and guidelines in order to enhance eye care
  • Stimulating research to eradicate preventable blindness
  • Raising awareness worldwide of the economic, social and personal impact of vision loss and advocating for increased funding and other support for preservation and restoration of vision.
Visit International Council of Ophthalmology at www.icoph.org

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