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West Midlands member CET event

  • Member CET event


6pm – 9.30pm, 23 October 2019 Add to calendar


Telford International Centre, St Quentin Gate

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Your next free member CET event in the West Midlands region will take place in Telford on Wednesday 23 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

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 Mr Elahi

Ophthalmology referrals - under pressure

The talk will be based on real cases of four patients referred to Mr Elahi's clinic. He will explore the clinical presentation of each case, management and highlight how NICE guidance has changed over the last ten years.  He will consider the clinical decision making process and explore outcomes to consider what is in the patients best interest. He will then give a summary of current referral best practice and give a view of how optometrists can best support ophthalmologists in making accurate and appropriate referrals. 

Learning objectives: 

  • The practitioner will learn how to obtain a relevant history specifically related to their symptoms and presenting concerns
  • To understand the importance of good communication between shared care schemes and HES to promote best practice in patients with various ocular co-morbidities
  • To assess whether a referral is clinically justified and in the patient's best interests

Competencies covered: Communication and Standards of practice

Target audience: Optometrist 

Muhammad Babar Elahi

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Dudley Group Foundation NHS Trust


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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 if you have any queries.

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Venue and travel details


Complimentary car parking is available on site. If you are driving to the venue please use security gate A at the front of the building and then in to car park 2. All delegates should use the E2 venue entrance.