Bookings for this event are closed. 

If the event is Optometry Tomorrow, Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize, the Diploma Ceremony or a regional member CET event you can call 020 7766 4377/4347 to see if there are any spaces. 

If the event is a webinar on online peer discussion please call 020 7766 4361 or email


Facilitator training 2018

  • CET event


12.15pm - 4.30pm, 21 May 2018 Add to calendar


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol North, Woodlands Lane
Bradley Stoke
BS32 4JF

Facilitator training CET 6

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Interested in facilitating at a College event? If so, this is the must-attend training for you. 

Peer discussion is an important CET requirement for optometrists and this facilitator training event will give you the skills to be able to confidently facilitate peer discussions.

You will receive training on the role of the facilitator, core facilitation skills and best practice and tips on personal impact and effectiveness. During the afternoon you will work in small groups to put into practice the knowledge you have learnt during the day using case studies. You will gain feedback from trainers throughout the training.

Competency covered: Standards of practice.

6 interactive CET points.

Expected timings for the event

12.15pm Registration - refreshments and networking

This is an opportunity to have something to eat whilst networking with fellow attendees. We encourage you to arrive by 12.15pm to allow yourself plenty of time to park, register and have a bite to eat.          

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1.00pm Introduction

The introduction will include a brief overview of the plan for the afternoon. 

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1.10pm Role of the facilitator

This session will include an interactive exercise for delegates to discuss the role of the facilitator and the challenges of facilitating. There will also be an overview of facilitator requirements for College events.

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1.50pm Core facilitation skills and best practice

This session is fully interactive with all delegates participating in groups to contribute to discussions of facilitation skills and best practice based on College and GOC guidance. Content will include:

  • effective listening
  • effective questioning, open questions etc
  • awareness of group dynamics and body language
  • managing participants including quiet and chatty contributors
  • maintaining energy.

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2.30 pm Refreshments and networking

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

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2.45pm Putting it into practice

This session will provide practical, hands-on experience of facilitation in small groups using College peer discussion case studies and focusing on practising and demonstrating skills that have been learnt. Each delegate gets the opportunity to practise their facilitation skills in turn. Fellow delegates participate in the peer discussion throughout and trainers and peers will give individual feedback.

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4.15pm Review and final Q&A

An open and interactive Q&A and feedback session with all delegates as well as a recap of key points from the training.

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Although this event is free of charge to College members, it is vital that you register in advance. This event is open to practising members.

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

Venue and travel details

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel North Bristol

Woodlands Lane
Bradley Stoke
BS32 4JF