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Belfast member event

  • CET event


6pm - 9.30pm, 30 May 2018 Add to calendar


Stormont Hotel, Belfast, Upper Newtownards Road

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Your next free member CET event in the Northern Ireland region will take place in Belfast on Wednesday 30 May from 6pm.

The evening will consist of an interactive lecture followed by a peer discussion.

Lecture: 1 interactive CET point

Peer discussion: 3 interactive CET points

Expected timings for the evening

6.00pm Registration - buffet and networking

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.                           

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6.40pm Welcome

A College representative will give you an update on the College's current activities. 

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7pm Lecture: A bridge to vision by Iain Kennedy

Using recent research and project findings this seminar will look at and discuss the importance of communication throughout the eye care journey, from the booking of appointments to the information provided following examination for people with complex needs. 

With an ageing population and people with learning disabilities living significantly longer than before, adaptations to practice to ensure services are able to meet the needs of people with complex needs are paramount. We will provide and explore resources available to ensure examinations can be tailored and person-centred.

Patients with conditions such as Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) and dementia often present with visual difficulties and we will use patient case studies to improve understanding of how to approach this group of patients. We will look at communication tips throughout the patient journey, when communicating with someone who is living with sight loss and complex needs. 

Competencies covered:

Optometrist: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease

Dispensing Optician: Communication and Standards of practice

Target group: Optometrists and Dispensing opticians

Learning objectives:

  • To improve the communication with patients with sight loss and complex needs, such as learning diabilites and dementia
  • To understand local eye care pathways for people with visual loss and complex needs and the resources and services available to improve patient care
  • To improve the understanding of how to tailor your communication within optometric practice when examining patients with complex needs
  • To improve the understanding of the risk factors of common ocular conditions and sight loss that may present in patients with complex conditions such as dementia, PCA (posterior cortical atrophy) and learning disabilities

Iain Kennedy


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8.00pm Refreshments and networking

This is an opportunity to have some tea / coffee and speak further with fellow attendees and exhibitors. 

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8.20pm Peer review

Delegates are asked to bring their own anonymised case from their own practice. The case should be something that they have found challenging or interesting. 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able 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 update and improve working knowledge of the College of Optometrist’s Guidance for professional practice and local protocols, demonstrating an ability to investigate and manage according to a patient’s signs and symptoms
  • To be aware of your obligations regarding patient safety and know how to raise concerns 

Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease 

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

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Contact the events team on +44(0)20 7766 4377 or email if you have any queries.

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