1.40pm - 2.40pm
Lecture | Keynote lecture
The George Giles Memorial Lecture: What does good integrated eye care look like?

Keynote lecture

CPD ref: C-102739

Description: This keynote lecture will highlight changes happening in eye health pathways and provide a vision for optometry in the UK to 2030. The lecture is presented by the President’s of The College of Optometrists and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, who will discuss their shared vision for integrated eye care and the role optometrists can play in the transformation of services. It will address how the College’s vision of optometrists being at the heart of patient-centred eye care and central to building a cost-effective, clinically safe and sustainable eye care service can be realised. The session will also draw on experiences and case studies from optometrists from around the UK.

Target audience


Domains and learning outcomes


s.10 Work collaboratively with colleagues in the interests of patients

  • Understand the role of optometrists in an integrated eye care service and current clinical pathways in the UK.
  • Understand future roles that optometrists may be involved in, working in multidisciplinary teams in the UK.

s.11 Protect and safeguard patients, colleagues and others from harm

  • Understand the growing risk of sight loss due to capacity pressures on secondary care and how optometrists can help meet patient needs, optimise services and improve patient outcomes.

Leadership and accountability

s.12 Ensure a safe environment for your patient

  • Understand the benefits of post-registration higher qualifications and the competences and skills required for optometrists to be able to contribute effectively to a multi-disciplinary workforce and future eye care services.


Professor Bernie Chang

Bernie Chang is President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He is a Consultant Ophthalmologist with a special interest in Oculoplastics, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Arriving in the UK for his secondary education in 1986, Bernie attended medical school in Bristol before embarking on a career in ophthalmology in the South-West of England. He went on to registrar training in Yorkshire and Fellowship training in Dublin before appointed consultant in 2003.

He has been a serving College officer in a number of roles in the last 16 years, from a regional representative for Yorkshire, Honorary Secretary, Vice President and Chair of the Professional Standards Committee; also chairing the College’s External Reviews Committee and a subsection editor for the Eye journal for over four years.

Bernie’s clinical experience includes serving as expert advisor (devices) for MHRA, BOPSS (British Oculoplastics Surgery Society) committee and the BMA Ophthalmic Group Committee; past member of the Training Interface Group on Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and continues with links with Malaysia (Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology in UNIMAS) and Trinidad.

Colin Davidson FCOptom

Colin currently works part-time for the University of Hertfordshire where he is programme lead for independent prescribing. He also works in independent practice in East Sussex, and at Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton where he works in both A&E and uveitis clinics. He is a senior assessor for the College and an OSCE chief examiner. He is a former member of East Sussex LOC and a current member of the education faculty at the Johnson and Johnson Institute.

Colin was awarded a Diploma in Independent Prescribing Dip TP(IP) in 2011, and Fellowship of the College in 2013.