We have made the difficult decision to postpone this event. We apologise for the inconvenience but, as I am sure you’ll understand, our absolute priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is to minimise any risk to health for College members. We hope to reschedule the event later in the year.
In the meantime, you can access the College’s online learning CPD and CET courses, resources and pre-recorded webinars here.
You can also register to attend our next live webinar here.
Many thanks for your understanding.
Your next free member CET event in the South West region will take place in Exeter on Thursday 16 April 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
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.
A College representative will give you an update on the College's current activities.
Visual standards for driving in the UK have changed relatively little over recent decades, but it is understood that determining a safe standard of vision is not always straight forward and the current number plate test may not be fit for purpose.
The DVLA increasingly seeks to maintain safe visual standards for driving that are evidenced-based, and that take account of individual circumstances and the optical appliances that drivers currently utilise.
This talk will look at current visual requirements for driving and how the DVLA processes cases where standards may fall short. It will address concerns with regard to current standards and how things may change in future, including the optometrist’s role in assessing and reporting.
It will also present and discuss several recent interesting cases that have required special consideration by the DVLA in order to come to a decision
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Assessment of visual function.
- To understand the optometrist's role and obligations with regard to assessing visual standards for driving and how they may change in the future
- To know the current regulations with regard to vision and driving in the UK
- To understand how the DVLA considers specific cases where there is doubt about an individual meeting the visual standards for driving
Target group: optometrist
This is an opportunity to have some tea/coffee and speak further with fellow attendees and exhibitors.
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
Optometrist: Communication, Standards of practice, Ocular disease and Binocular vision
Therapeutic prescriber: Options and Knowledge
- 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
Although the event is free of charge to College members, it is vital that you register in advance.
Contact Nicola Pogson on +44(0)20 7766 4377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
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Venue and travel details
At the hotel there are over 300 complimentary car parking spaces. Delegates can park in any space and there is no need to register/take a ticket.