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West Midlands member CET event

  • Member CET event


6pm – 9.30pm, 18 October 2018 Add to calendar


Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road
B26 3QW



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Your next free member CET event in the West Midlands region will take place in Birmingham on Thursday 18 October 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

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 activities. 

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7.00pm Lecture by Dr Yvonne Norgett

'Paediatric vision testing- which test is best?' 

This lecture will outline appropriate choice of visual acuity test for children, with reference to visual crowding, age and interpretation of results, based on expected age norms. Risk factors for amblyopia will be explored with a view to optimising a testing strategy for its early detection. Delegates can thus ensure alignment with current good practice.

Competencies covered: Assessment of visual function 

Learning objectives: 

  • To distinguish between visual acuity tests, understanding how the features of a test affect the measured acuity (including preferential looking, picture and letter tests and LogMAR designs)
  • Identify which tests are best for assessing visual function in children of various ages and interpret the results
  • To devise a testing strategy for identifying amblyogenic risk factors in children, including steropsis and some binocular vision testing


Dr Yvonne Norgett FCOptom

Senior Lecturer
Anglia Ruskin University


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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 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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Venue and travel details

The Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport is 1 mile from the NEC and Genting Arena.

On site parking is free of charge and there are 122 spaces available. There is also an overflow NCP car park adjacent to the hotel. 

The hotel is 5 minutes from Birmingham International Station.  There is a complimentary shuttle service to the hotel which you can pick up at the taxi rank.