Optometry Tomorrow 2018


18 - 19 March 2018 Add to calendar


Hilton Birmingham Metropole, The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP

Conference CET 16

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What does my ticket include?

Your ticket includes attendance at the welcome reception, lectures, seminars, workshops (as per the ticket terms), sponsor sessions, lunch, refreshments and the trade exhibition.

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How many sessions does my ticket include?

For a breakdown of what is included in your ticket, please refer to the conference fees page on the right hand side menu.

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What types of sessions does the therapeutic stream feature? If I have the IP qualification, does this mean that I can book onto more of these sessions?

All of the sessions within the therapeutics stream will be delivered as seminars (except the peer review session). Please note: only College members with independent prescribing status are permitted to attend the peer review. If you have any queries about the therapeutics stream, please contact events@college-optometrists.org or call +44(0)20 7766 4377.

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I don't have the independent prescribing (IP) qualification, can I attend sessions in the therapeutic stream?

Yes, although we have briefed the presenters to aim the sessions at those who are IP qualified. The only session which is restricted to only IP qualified members, is the therapeutics peer review session. Please note you can attend the peer review if you are studying towards your IP qualification.

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Why can't I come to a peer discussion if I book a one-day ticket?

As a benefit to two-day ticket holders, we have included attendance at a peer discussion in that category of ticket, but not in the one-day ticket. With a very limited number of spaces on peer discussions, priority can only be given to those with a two-day ticket.

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How many points do I get for a lecture/ seminar/ workshop/ peer discussion session?

All lectures and seminars are expected to be worth 1 interactive CET point (unless otherwise stated). All workshops and peer discussion sessions are expected to be worth 3 interactive CET points (unless otherwise stated). The interactive exhibitor sessions are expected to receive 2 interactive CET points.

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Are the CET points interactive?

Yes, all CET you receive at an event, is interactive.

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The workshops/ seminars I want to attend are all shown as full. Will you be adding additional spaces?

We will release additional workshop spaces on all workshops on 4 January. After this date, if a workshop is shown as full, we will not be adding additional places. However, there will be a dedicated desk at the conference, for you to enquire about any spare places on workshops or seminars.

If you have not pre-booked a workshop/peer discussion session, you must check availability and book at the allocation desk prior to the session. If you turn up without booking, you will not be eligible for CET points.

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What is the gala dinner?

The gala dinner is the main social event of Optometry Tomorrow. This year the dinner will be held at The Vox. Plenty of entertainment will be provided along with a delicious three-course meal. You can bring guests to attend with you; tickets for all attendees cost £50 each.

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Is VAT included in the prices?

Conference tickets are VAT exempt.

Gala dinner tickets are inclusive of VAT.

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When will I be sent final details?

Your final event details will be emailed to you around the end of February/start March 2018.

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Will I be sent my name badge in advance?

No. You will collect your name badge and delegate pack at the conference.

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How many CET points can I get?

On average, you can gain 15 interactive CET points with the two-day member ticket (depending on availability of sessions). If you choose to attend for one day only, you can gain a minimum of six points on Sunday and five on Monday.

All lectures and seminars are expected to be worth one interactive CET point (unless otherwise stated).

All workshops and peer discussion/review sessions expected to be worth three interactive CET points (unless otherwise stated).

The interactive exhibitor sessions are expected to receive 2 interactive CET points.

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When will I get my CET points?

Your CET points will be uploaded up to 10 working days after the conference. We will provide you with a certificate post-event by email.

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How many people usually go?

We expect around 900 attendees over the two days of the conference.

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How big is the exhibition?

The exhibition has grown year-on-year. Click on the Trade exhibition page on the right hand side menu for more information.

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How do I make group/multiple bookings?

To book for the conference you will need your member log in details to book your individual ticket on the College website. To make multiple bookings you can do this over the phone; please call the Events team on +44 (0) 207 766 4377 to make a group booking.

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What if I need to cancel?

Cancellations must be made in writing before the event. Cancellations received up to Friday 23 February 2018 will incur a 25% cancellation charge; after this date there will be a 100% cancellation charge.

If you would like to send a colleague to attend the conference in your place, that is fine. You should phone the Events team on +44(0)20 7766 4377 to give the new attendee's name and booking details. The deadline for amending your booking is Friday 2 March 2018.

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What is the dress code for the conference?

The dress code for the conference is business wear.

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How do I know if I'm a newly qualified member?

Newly qualified members are those who are members of the College and passed the OSCE after July 2014.

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Is there a prayer room at the conference?

Yes there is a Prayer room at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Please enquire at the conference registration desk and College staff can direct you to the room.

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