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.


South West member CET event

  • Member CET event


6pm – 9.30pm, 16 April 2020 Add to calendar


Exeter Racecourse, Kennford

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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

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 Roger Anderson

Vision and driving - seeing down the road with the DVLA

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. 

Learning objectives:

  • 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

Professor Roger Anderson FCOptom

Ulster University


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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 nicola.pogson@college-optometrists.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.