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Manchester member event

  • Free interactive CET evening event for College members


6pm - 9.30pm, 25 May 2017 Add to calendar

Interactive CET event

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Your next free member CET event in the North West region will take place in Manchester on Thursday 25 May from 6pm.

The evening will consist of a lecture followed by a peer review.

Lecture: 1 interactive CET point

Peer review: 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 activites. Following this there will be a short presentation by a LOCSU / MECS representative. 

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7.00pm Lecture by Helen Wilson and Amanda Harding

"Tales of the unexpected..."


This lecture will include real cases of patients who attended a large ophthalmic emergency department. It will discuss the importance of history taking when examining these patients and the fact that the diagnosis is not always what you would expect. Detailed descriptions of the presenting signs and symptoms will be discussed as well as the differential diagnoses and referral criteria for such cases. Further investigations that are required when examining cases will be presented in particular the systemic investigations that are frequently necessary due to the strong association inflammatory conditions have with particular systemic conditions. The lecture will also cover the therapeutic management and treatment regimes. The presentation will cover differential diagnoses and the formulations of management plans based on clinical and further investigative results and the need for follow-up of these patients. The communication that is required when prescribing for patients will be discussed as well as the interaction that is necessary with Consultant ophthalmologists when dealing with these conditions.

Number of CET points:1 interactive point

Target Group: Optometrist and Therapeutic Optometrist

Competencies covered;

Optometrist: Communication and Ocular disease

Therapeutic Optometrist: Knowledge, Options, Share decision making, Safe and Information

Learning Objectives

  • To enable the practitioner to understand the importance of obtaining a full ocular and systemic health history when examining a patient who presents with an infective or inflammatory eye condition.
  • To improve the practitioner’s skill in asking questions to elicit the relevant details when a patient presents with an infective or inflammatory eye condition.
  • To improve the practitioner’s ability to interpret and investigate presenting symptoms of patients who present with either a red eye or floaters.
  • To enable the practitioner to recognise the signs, symptoms and severity of potential infectious or inflammatory eye disease. To improve the recognition of features which are diagnostic for these conditions and know the specific tests to be carried out to help aid their diagnosis. 
  • To improve the practitioner’s ability in taking the relevant history and presenting symptoms including specific questions to be asked in relation to the presenting symptom of a red eye or floaters.
  • To improve the practitioner’s understanding of the relevant tests to perform when examining patients who present with a red eye or symptoms of floaters. 
  • To enhance the practitioner’s ability to select the most appropriate drug and dosage to manage patients who present with a red eye or signs of uveitis.
  • To enhance the practitioner’s knowledge of information that is required to give to patients in relation to their medication, e.g. reasons for use, methods of instillation, frequency of use, potential side effects. 
  • To enable the practitioner to understand the importance and under what circumstances it is necessary to involve an ophthalmologist. 
  • To improve the practitioner’s understanding of the use of formularies that are available to non-medical prescribing optometrists within an NHS hospital trust. 

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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

The ‘facilitated peer review’ session will give you a great opportunity to share and discuss real cases from your own practice with supportive peers in small groups.  
Please bring along to the event a case (or details of a case) from your own practice, relating to any of the following conditions:
  • red eye
  • sudden loss of vision
  • flashes and floaters
Please bring cases that have raised any issues or caused any uncertainty for you around aspects of communication or decision-making regarding patient management and / or referrals. You will need to briefly outline the details of your case and issues for discussion to your group.  
Please ensure that any case records are anonymised.  You may wish to bring your own summary notes of the key details of the case (ensuring that no patient identifiable details are included). If possible please bring at least three copies of your anonymised record or notes, to help share these with your facilitators and other delegates in your group. 
By considering and sharing experiences and good ideas around real case scenarios, including those which could be encountered within the context of a MECS scheme, delegates will improve their understanding of clinical conditions and improve their own explanations and advice to patients in the future, in everyday practice and particularly within a MECS environment.
Please note: facilitators will be sharing a prepared case scenario to start the peer review discussions off, which will ensure that the minimum learning objectives are covered for CET purposes.
Number of interactive CET points: 3
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of Practice and Ocular disease
Learning Objectives for this event
  • 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 demonstrate an understanding of where the limits of knowledge and ability are for each individual practitioner within the realms of their day to day practice and within the context of a minor eye conditions service (MECS). 
  • To update and improve working knowledge of the College of Optometrists’ Guidance for professional practice and local protocols, demonstrating an ability to select the necessary investigations to be completed appropriate to a patient's signs and symptoms.
Target audience: Optometrist

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The College of Optometrists will use all personal and contact information supplied as part of this event application to process your booking and to provide you with information about the event. We will also use your email address and mobile phone number to update our membership records. The College would like to use your email and postal addresses to send you general College news and information on the College’s products and services, including our future events. You may opt out of receiving College communications at any time by contacting the College. The College uses personal information for statistical purposes and, when not anonymised, we seek consent. 

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


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