A facilitator's role is to help a peer discussion group achieve its objectives, make sure it has the resources it needs, and encourage and support the group members. The group has responsibility for the content of the discussion and the facilitator manages the process.

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Facilitation skills and training

Facilitation is a skill, and the success of a peer discussion group will rest with a good facilitator. Training in facilitation for peer discussion is not essential, but it is highly recommended in order to develop confidence and skill in managing group discussions effectively.

If you do not have access to facilitator training provided by a LOC or employer, why not view DOCET’s online facilitation skills training available free on their website for fully qualified optometrists. 

Read the joint College and GOC guidance for facilitators

College and GOC guidance for peer discussion group facilitators

Joint guidance on Peer discussion facilitation


Facilitator call out for 2018 events

We are looking for facilitators for our regional events in 2018. All events take place 6pm-9.30pm and the facilitator briefing starts at 6pm. All events contain a lecture and peer discussion/peer review which takes place from 8.20-9.20pm.

Please contact events@college-optometrists.org if you are able to facilitate at any of the events listed in the table below.

Date Region Format LECTURE Topic
17 April South East, Alcon, Camberley Lecture & peer discussion (filmed scenario) TBC
1 May Eastern, Hatfield Lecture & peer discussion Flashes & floaters
8 May Scotland, The Central Belt Lecture & peer discussion (filmed scenario) Myopia
17 May East Midlands, Leicester Lecture & peer discussion (filmed scenario) TBC
30 May Northern Ireland, Belfast Lecture & peer discussion (filmed scenario) Vision & learning disabilities
6 June Wales, Cardiff Lecture & peer discussion (filmed scenario) TBC
14 June Yorkshire & Humber, Wakefield Lecture & peer discussion (filmed scenario) TBC
19 June Central London Lecture & peer discussion (filmed scenario) AMD
27 June West Midlands, Coventry Lecture & peer review TBC
3 July North West, Chester Lecture & peer review TBC


Join the discussion on the facilitator forum

Join the forum, only accessible by facilitators, where you can share comments, ideas and documents relating to your role. To access the facilitator forum log in to the website, it is available via the 'My committees' page in your account. You can also access it here:


Some tips for using the forum

  • Exercise caution when you post - content should be useful, relevant and accurate.
  • Respect the community and do not post content that is offensive, inappropriate or promotional.


Q&A with experienced facilitator

Peer review events can require more preparation so Roisin Carruthers, an experienced facilitator, has provided some useful hints and tips. Download the document below. 


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I enjoy facilitating as it enables me to speak to and share ideas about how the profession is evolving and to learn from one another. Being a College facilitator allows me to keep up to date with any changes to the profession and to actively be a part of the College of Optometrists.

Aishah Fazlanie, College facilitator