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Eastern member CET event

  • Member CET event


6pm – 9.30pm, 17 October 2019 Add to calendar


DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry, Back Lane
CB23 6BW

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Your next free member CET event in the Eastern region will take place in Cambridge on Thursday 17 October 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 Professor M Rajan

Ophthalmology referrals to secondary/tertiary care – good, bad and the ugly

The referrals from optometrists form a major part of the workload undertaken in any hospital eye service. Community optometrists are often the first to examine patients with eye problems and therefore best placed to diagnose and manage most primary eye disorders. This lecture and contents of the talk will be focussed on referral refinement to improve quality of such correspondence between community optometrists and HES and vice versa. In addition, the talk will describe various anterior segment disorders and their early detection with implications of delayed referrals. Finally Professor Rajan will present the results of a successful share cared scheme with emphasis on good communication between all stake holders for the overall benefit in patient care 

Target group: optometrist

Competencies covered: Standards of practice and Ocular disease

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the advances in surgical options available to patients with anterior segment pathology (cornea, cataract and ocular surface disorders) and to discuss referral threshold
  • To understand the importance of good communication between shared care schemes and HES to promote best practice in patients with various ocular co-morbidities
  • To understand various ocular examination techniques with additional diagnostics that enable early detection of ocular pathology

Professor Madhavan Rajan

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Addenbrooke Hospital, Cambridge


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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


At the hotel there are 250 complimentary car parking spaces. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.