Under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act), the Board may order a competence review of a registered optometrist or dispensing optician at any time, whether or not there is reason to believe that practitioner’s practice may be deficient.
A competence review will usually involve two peers and a lay member visiting the practitioner at their place of work, and may include:
- reviewing patient records
- observing the practitioner in consultations with patients
- case-based oral discussions on patient management
- practice systems reviews
- observation of communication skills
- interviews with the practitioner and his/her colleagues.
The Board does not currently undertake random competence reviews. Its current policy is to undertake a competence review where there is reason to believe the practitioner’s practice may be deficient.
Policy on Competence Reviews
The Board has developed a policy which details the process the Board will follow if it orders that a practitioner undergo a competence review. To view this policy, click here.
If you have any questions about the Board’s policy, please contact the Board Registrar on 04 474 0705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org