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North West member CET event

  • Member CET event


6pm – 9.30pm, 19 September 2019 Add to calendar


Hallmark Hotel Manchester , Stanley Road, Handforth Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 3LD

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Your next free member CET event in the North West region will take place in Manchester on Thursday 19 September 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 Reshma Thampy

Referrals - how should you refer? 

This lecture will provide advice to optometrists on how best to refer patients appropriately when a further opinion is required. Advice will be given on how to communicate effectively with patients, GPs and the hospital eye service when referring patients, and how to manage patient expectations and anxieties. This will enable optometrists to develop their referral skills, ensuring the safest and most effective referrals are made in the best interest of patients and secondary care providers. This will help ensure optometrists have the most up-to-date knowledge on referral pathways and improve confidence when making referrals or deciding when a referral is not required.

Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease

Learning objectives:

  • To learn how to obtain a relevant history specifically related to a patient's symptoms and presenting concerns
  • To understand how to send clear and appropriate referrals to other optometrists, GPs, the hospital eye service and any other relevant services
  • To assess whether a referral is clinically justified and in the patient's best interests
  • To understand how to interpret and investigate the presenting symptoms of the patient to identify a likely diagnosis and develop a suitable management plan 

Target group: optometrist 

Reshma Thampy

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital


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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

The peer discussion will cover cases on low vision, a patient with severe learning disability and a patient with tired, achey eyes. 

Learning objectives: 

  • Identify patient concerns and anxieties regarding their visual function and explain clearly the implications of common eye diseases that can lead to visual impairment
  • Identify patients who would benefit from low vision aids and provide advice on the different types available
  • Provide advice on lighting and contrast to enhance visual performance
  • Make appropriate referrals for visually impaired patients and understand how they can access services. 
  • Know how to communicate with non-verbal patients in a clear and comfortable way, being aware of the importance of body language
  • Know how to communicate effectively with a carer who accompanies a non-verbal adult with learning disabilities
  • Understand signals which could indicate a patient’s lack of capacity to consent
  • Understand your legal obligations in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Elicit details of significant symptoms and understand the relevance of symptoms
  • Ask appropriate and relevant questions to follow up on reported symptoms
  • Evaluate risk factors, identify findings and decide on a referral pathway
  • Understand treatment options for a patient with this condition
Competencies covered: communication, optical appliances, 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 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 220 complimentary car parking spaces. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to register you car details at the hotel's registration desk.