Your next free member CET event in the Northern Ireland region will take place in Belfast on Tuesday 4 April from 6pm.
The evening will consist of an interactive lecture followed by a peer discussion.
Lecture: 1 interactive CET
Peer discussion: 3 interactive CET points
Expected timings for the evening
This is an opportunity to have something to eat whilst networking with fellow attendees and exhibitors. We encourage you to arrive by 6pm to allow yourself plenty of time to park, register and have a bite to eat.
A College representative will give you an update on the College's current activites.
"New frontiers in disease"
This lecture will aim to highlight key points in the investigation and management of retinal conditions including AMD and diabetic eye disease. This will deepen the knowledge and build on skills to keep up to date with current treatment strategies. It will also help develop the ability to impart information in a manner appropriate to the recipient through discussion of real life clinical examples.
Number of CET points: 1 interactive point
Competencies covered: communication, ocular disease, standards of practice
To understand the importance of diabetes and its ocular impact, its treatment and the possible ocular side effects of treatment
To understand the evidence surrounding the progression of AMD in order to explain to patients the implication of their physiological eye condition
To be aware of current good practice in the management of macular conditions, including new developments in clinical research, and apply this to the care you provide
Target group: Optometrist
This is an opportunity to have some tea / coffee and speak further with fellow attendees and exhibitors.
The peer discussion 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.
Number CET points: 3 interactive points
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of Practice, Contact lenses and Ocular disease
- To be able to manage the patient's expectations when fitting multifocal contact lenses
- To be able to explain to patients all relevant information about a product, adapting your language as appropriate
- To be able to ensure the patient is given all the information they need to safely use their contact lenses
- To understand the importance of refraining from unecessary or disparaging comments which could make a patient doubt your colleague
- To understand the importance of respecting a patient's right to complain
- To recommend and manage the correction of presbyopic patients using contact lenses
- To be able to respond with kindness and understanding, where the patient may be distressed by your findings
- To be able to explain your colleague's findings professionally without making unnecssary or disaparing comments
- To be able to interpret the symptoms and findings of the patient
- To be able to manage a patient presenting with possible macula pathology
- To be able to identify and respond to a patient's fear and anxiety regarding their visual welfare
- To be able to give patients information in a way that they can understand
- To be able to understand the importance of staying up-to-date with current good practice, taking into accound the relevant clinical research and published evidence base
Target group: Optometrist
The peer discussion is only open to fully qualified members. Students and pre-registration optometrists will not be able to attend the peer discussions, however are welcome to attend the lecture. Non-member are not permitted to attend the event.
Although the event is free of charge to College members, it is vital that you register in advance.
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Contact Nicola Pogson on +44(0)20 7766 4377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Venue and travel details
Maldron Hotel Belfast
Belfast International Airport
Telephone: 028 9445 7000
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