South West Regional Event - Bristol

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Date: 18 January 2017 6:00PM - 9:30PM

Location: Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House, BS49 5AD

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Your next free member CET event in the South West region will take place in Bristol on Wednesday 18 January from 6pm. This event is open to all College members. If you are either considering gaining a MECS qualification or already working within a MECS environment then this event may be of particular interest to you. 

The evening will consist of a lecture on AMD presented by Clare Bailey followed by a peer review. Please note that if you saw the lecture at Optometry Tomorrow 2016 that you will not be able to receive duplicate CET points by attending it again. 

Lecture: 1 interactive CET point

Peer review: 3 interactive CET points expected

Competencies covered for lecture: Standards of Practice and Ocular Disease

Expected competencies for peer review: Communication, Standards of Practice and Ocular disease

Expected timings for the evening:

6.00pm       Registration - buffet and networking
6.40pm       Welcome
7.00pm       Lecture: AMD: A bright future by Clare Bailey
8.00pm       Refreshments and networking
8.20pm       Peer review
9.30pm       Closing remarks and end of event

Further details

The peer review session will help optometrists improve their standards of patient care by discussing cases that are based on real practice with a small group of fellow clinicians. Discussing various approaches among peers stimulates interest and broadens perspectives as different practitioners may approach clinical and ethical problems in different ways. 

The peer review session is only open to fully qualified members. Students and pre-registration optometrists will not be able to attend the peer discussion, however are welcome to attend the lecture. Non-members are not permitted to attend the event.

You will benefit from the opportunity to gain CET points and network with colleagues from across the region. Food will be served before the lecture, and drinks and refreshments provided throughout

Contact Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert on +44(0)20 7766 4347 or email if you have any queries.


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Lecture: AMD: A bright future.

This lecture will cover the classification and background to AMD. It will review the clinical presentations of wet and dry AMD to enable differential diagnosis and appropriate referral. The evidence for current treatment options will be discussed along with current clinical research in this field and future treatment options.

Please note that if you saw the lecture at Optometry Tomorrow 2016 that you will not be able to receive duplicate CET points by attending it again. 

Number of CET points: 1

Target group: Optometrist

Competencies covered: Standards of Practice and Ocular Disease

Learning objectives:

  • To improve the understanding of the differentiation between the different age-related macula conditions and so when to be able to refer appropriately.
  • To improve the understanding of the classification, clinical presentation and pathogenesis of AMD and so be able to manage and refer patients appropriately.
  • To be able to understand current treatment options for AMD and current clinical research into treatments of the future.

Speaker biography:

Clare Bailey has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Bristol Eye Hospital since 2001, with a special interest in medical retinal disorders. She undertook her medical degrees at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and worked in general medicine prior to commencing ophthalmology. Her MD thesis concerned treatment for diabetic retinopathy. Prior to taking up her consultant post she undertook a medical retina fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital. She is Clinical Director of the Retinal Treatment and Research Unit at Bristol Eye Hospital, and has been a principal investigator on numerous trials concerning age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular disorders, publishing widely in these areas. She is also joint clinical lead of Bristol Eye Hospital. She has given advice as a clinical expert to the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on several occasions, and is an author on RCOphth guidelines for AMD and diabetic retinopathy. She has championed the use of electronic patient records and multidisciplinary team working in ophthalmology. She is the Ophthalmology speciality lead for the Western NIHR clinical research network.

The ‘facilitated peer review’ session will give you a great opportunity to share and discuss real cases from your own practice with supportive peers in small groups.  
Please bring along to the event a case (or details of a case) from your own practice, relating to any of the following conditions:
  • red eye
  • sudden loss of vision
  • flashes and floaters
Please bring cases that have raised any issues or caused any uncertainty for you around aspects of communication or decision-making regarding patient management and / or referrals. You will need to briefly outline the details of your case and issues for discussion to your group.  
Please ensure that any case records are anonymised.  You may wish to bring your own summary notes of the key details of the case (ensuring that no patient identifiable details are included). If possible please bring at least three copies of your anonymised record or notes, to help share these with your facilitators and other delegates in your group. 
By considering and sharing experiences and good ideas around real case scenarios, including those which could be encountered within the context of a MECS scheme, delegates will improve their understanding of clinical conditions and improve their own explanations and advice to patients in the future, in everyday practice and particularly within a MECS environment.

Please note: facilitators will be sharing a prepared case scenario to start the peer review discussions off, which will ensure that the minimum learning objectives are covered for CET purposes.
The competencies, learning objectives and CET for this event are tbc, however we expect them to be as follows:
Number of interactive CET points expected: 3
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of Practice and Ocular disease
Learning Objectives for this event
  • To improve the ability to convey an expert knowledge of physiological and pathological eye conditions giving factually relevant information in an informative, clear and understandable way whilst remaining empathetic and patient centred. 
  • To be able to demonstrate an understanding of where the limits of knowledge and ability are for each individual practitioner within the realms of their day to day practice and within the context of a minor eye conditions service (MECS). 
  • To update and improve working knowledge of the College of Optometrists’ Guidance for professional practice and local protocols, demonstrating an ability to select the necessary investigations to be completed appropriate to a patient's signs and symptoms.


Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House

Frost Hill
BS49 5AD
Tel: 01934 834 3431
By car
If you are driving to the venue from Central Bristol (Brunel Way) you will need to Head south-west on Brunel Way/A370 and continue along this road for 10.1 miles at which point you will turn right onto Smallway/B3133 and continue to follow this road for 0.6 miles before turning right onto Frost Hill where the venue is located. 
If you are travelling on the M5 (from junction 22/Highbridge) you will need to head north-east on the M5 for 8.9 miles. At junction 21, take the A370 exit to Weston-s-Mare/Bristol South, at the roundabout take the 3rd ecit onto the A370 and continue along this road for 4.5 miles before turning left onto Smallway/B3133 and continue along this road for 0.6 miles before turning right onto Frost Hill where the venue is located. 
There are 300 complimenaty spaces available on-site, on a first-come, first served basis. 
By train and bus
The closest rail station to the venue is Yatton. You can take the 88A from the station, the bus stop is Railway Station (E-bound). Stay on the bus for 6 stops and get off at Cadbury Court (SE-bound) and then walk for 5 minutes to the venue. Alternatively it is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride. 

Although the event is free of charge to College members, it is vital that you register in advance.

Please note, in order to attend the event , you must be a College member at the time of the event.
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Call: +44(0) 20 7766 4347
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