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East Midlands member CET event

  • Member CET event


6pm – 9.30pm, 27 November 2019 Add to calendar


The Nottingham Sherwood Hotel, 296 Mansfield Road

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Your next free member CET event in the East Midlands region will take place in Nottingham on Wednesday 27 November 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

6pm 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 by Amar Alwitry

Common ocular pathology - to refer or not to refer 

Litigation against all health professionals is increasing including against optometrists. Optometrists are professionals and owe a duty of care to the patients they see. They utilise their skills to detect pathology and provide a vital role in screening the general population for numerous medical disorders. They are often a gate keeper preventing overloading of already stretched hospital eye services. The decision to refer a patient or not refer is a difficult one and depends on the condition they are seeing. When to observe in the community versus referral is a difficult balance and optometrist may face criticism in the Courts for failing to refer if a pathology does develop. There are strategies to protect the optometrist and the patient and these will be discussed. Theoretical and real cases will be discussed and the audience will participate in the process of these discussions. Different conditions will be highlighted and general principals of when to refer and when not to will be discussed as well as the evidence base for this decision. The role of how and how quickly the patient is referred will be discussed as will the need for adequate “safety netting”.

Learning objectives

  • To understand which cases require referral to the hospital eye service
  • To understand the medicolegal implications of referral and the need to ensure the timing is appropriate 
  • To understand the principal of 'safety netting' to protect patients from harm and optometrists from criticism 

Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease 

Target audience: Optometrist

Amar Alwitry

Consultant Ophthalmologist


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7.40pm 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 discussion: Are you listening? Differential diagnosis

The peer discussion session will cover three patients: each patient presents with different challenges and the aim of the session is develop a structured approach to managing each of these. The session is designed to hone delegates' history taking, and help delegates to ask patients pertinent questions. 
The scenarios presented will tend to lead to a particular diagnosis, but are not supposed to be clear cut. At the end of the discussion around each patient there will be a short film shown from a relevant expert discussing how they would approach the history taking for such a patient, what questions they would find it useful for optometrists to ask, and how they would recommend managing such a patient. 

Target group: Optometrist and Therapeutic prescriber

Competencies covered:

Optometrist: Communication, Standards of practice, Ocular disease and Binocular vision

Therapeutic prescriber: Options and Knowledge

Learning objectives:

  • To be able to obtain an appropriate history from a patient presenting with various conditions
  • To consider all the information provided by your patients
  • To understand the risk factors for patients presenting with various conditions
  • To recognise common ocular abnormalities and refer when appropriate
  • To develop a management plan for the investigation of patients presenting with an uncomfortable eye or headaches
  • To know how to manage a patient presenting with an anomaly of binocular vision

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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 Nicola Pogson on +44(0)20 7766 4377 or email if you have any queries. 

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Venue and travel details


There are 250 complimentary car parking spaces on site available on a first-come, first-served basis. Delegates will need to register their car at the hotel reception.