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CET – Accredited Continuing Education and Training

CET is a statutory requirement for all fully-qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians. The CET scheme is points-based and runs over a three-year cycle from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021. All fully-qualified registrants must earn a minimum number of CET points and meet a minimum set of requirements by the end of each cycle to stay on the registers.

Our courses are specifically designed for optical and eye care professionals including Consultant Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians, Optical Assistants, General Practitioners and Optical Nurses. Sessions are facilitated by Visualise Training and Consultancy in association with Orbita Black Limited, an established General Optical Council (GOC) accredited Continuing Education Training (CET) Provider.

Courses comprise of multiple 1 hour interactive, discussion workshop modules for which registrants will accrue 3 CET points for each hour completed and can be delivered individually or combined at your practice, local optical committee or society, conference or workplace or you may wish to attend one of our upcoming open courses.

Our overall CET score is 94% with 96% of people scoring our workshops at 100% on the General Optical Council website and we have received extensive positive feedback in the optical and sight loss media.

Sessions promote group interaction via lead facilitators to promote best practice and enhance learning and we encourage questions throughout. Learning objectives are reviewed at the beginning and end of each course, feedback questionnaires are distributed and delegates are provided with a personalised reflective learning statement which is completed and retained to enable self-analysis when accepting CET points.

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Hour 1

An Introduction to Visual Impairment (Seeing Beyond the Eyes part 1)

CET Number C-58847     Discussion Workshop: 3 Interactive CET Points

Description

Discusses the principle causes of sight loss in children, adults and older people and the associated functional symptoms in initial and advanced stages, accessibility challenges people with a visual impairment experience when visiting eye care practices and considers what reasonable adjustments should be made.

Educates opticians as to what support and services are available for patients with low vision and how to refer them.  A unique perspective is provided by a presenter who is a qualified Sight Loss Rehabilitation Assistant, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) and himself visually impaired.

Dan presenting a workshop speaking into microphone

Competencies Met

Optometrist: Ocular Disease | Standards of Practice | Communication

Dispensing Optician: Ocular Abnormalities | Ocular Disease | Standards of Practice | Communication


Hour 2

Saving Sight, Supporting Sight Loss (Seeing Beyond the Eyes part 2)

CET Number C-59110   Discussion Workshop: 3 Interactive CET Points

Description

Discusses four low vision scenarios of preventable sight loss:

  • A registered sight impaired Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) patient with low vision needs and her concerned sisters who require advice
  • A veteran glaucoma patient who has difficulty administering eye drops; relating poor compliance to preventable sight loss
  • A patient presenting with classic symptoms of retinal detachment and why this is the number one cause of clinical fitness to practice cases and insurance claims
  • A congenital aphakic patient as an infant and young adult, and how failure to dispense properly can itself cause a patient to unnecessarily have low vision

Competencies Met

Optometrist: Ocular Disease | Optical Appliances | Standards of Practice | Communication

Dispensing Optician: Ocular Abnormalities | Low Vision | Standards of Practice | Paediatric Dispensing | Communication | Optical Appliances


Hour 3

Communicating with patients who have low vision

CET Number: C-56611  Discussion Workshop: 3 Interactive CET Points

Description

  • How to communicate with and guide patients with a visual impairment effectively
  • Patient choice – discussing the differences between cane and guide dog use
  • Making your practice inclusive and accessible for everyone by making reasonable adjustments as required by the Equality Act 2010
Demonstrating how to guide a person with a visual impairment

Competencies Met

Optometrist: Standards of Practice | Communication

Dispensing Optician: Standards of Practice | Communication


Hour 4

Disability Awareness in Practice

CET Number: C-58848         Discussion Workshop: 3 Interactive CET Points

Description:

Discusses the prevalence and primary causes of disability in children, adults and older people and associated symptoms and problems experienced by patients. Explores the problems people with disabilities (including those with visual impairments) experience when visiting eye care practitioners and considers what reasonable adjustments should be made.

Young man smiling and hugging his parents

Competencies Met

Optometrist: Standards of Practice | Communication

Dispensing Optician: Standards of Practice | Communication


Course Facilitators

Dan with his arm around his trusty guide dog Zodiac
Daniel Williams with his trusty guide dog Zodiac

Daniel was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of eight and is now a man on a mission with low vision to connect the optical and sight loss sectors for the ongoing benefit of other patients with sight loss. His knowledge of living with a visual impairment and accessing eye care pathways, together with his professional experience as a sight loss Rehabilitation Assistant, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) and empowering work with individuals with sight loss and their families, have given him the empathy to deliver workshops that are both passionate and engaging.

Daniel is also a Workplace Needs Assessor ensuring people who acquire sight loss retain employment and he is involved in a number of panels including VisionUK’s Early Intervention committee, the College of Optometrists patient reference group and the RNIB Working Age and Transitions Panel which shapes the direction of sight loss services. He is an active advocate for influencing positive change within the UK to ensure all services are accessible to everyone and has worked as a consultant for the Royal National Institute of Blind people (RNIB) delivering workplace assessments and awareness training.


Jayshree Vasani

Jayshree has been working as a Dispensing Optician, mainly for independent practices, for nearly 30 years. This includes a 5 year interim at the Institute of Optometry where she was involved in primary eyecare services, SpLd clinic, Pre-reg Optometry training and research.

Jayshree has the knowledge and expertise to bring new products to market and for a number of years she was the UK and Ireland Distributor for Erin’s World Frames who supply specialist frames for people with a low bridge fitting, as seen, for example, in a person with Down’s syndrome.

She is an assessor and internal verifier for the National Vocational Qualifications for optical assistants, working with Colleges of Further Education. Currently Jayshree is an ABDO London Sub Regional Lead and ABDO Practical Examiner both in the UK and abroad. She is an ABDO Practice Visitor ensuring GOC and ABDO guidelines are met when a practice employs a Pre-reg Dispensing Optician.

In addition to high street practice, Jayshree is also a sessional Dispensing Optician at the RNIB Low Vision Clinic. The charity provides clinics for people with sight impairment, people with specific learning difficulties and has a specialist clinic for people with learning disabilities. Most recently she has been involved as a CET Facilitator for our Seeing Beyond the Eyes Roadshow.


Peter Black, smiling in open neck shirt
Peter Black

Peter Black MBA FBDO FEAOO is a registered dispensing optician and senior lecturer in vision science and ophthalmic dispensing. He is a practical examiner, assessor and Past President of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and a member of a the statutory Registration Committee of the General Optical Council. He is Vice Chair of the Joint Optical Committee to Europe, representing the UK at the European Council of Optometry and Optics, and in May 2017 was awarded fellowship of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics. Peter’s background is from industry. He spent two years in Professional Service as head of Dispensing Standards for Boots Opticians, and prior to that over 25 years at regional chain Conlons Opticians where as Development Director he had overall responsibility for continuing education and training.


What do others say about our CET?

“Daniel Williams recently presented a fascinating talk on ‘An introduction to visual impairment’ at our Dudley & Sandwell CET day.  The talk was a passionate and insightful representation of the various difficulties encountered by an individual with visual impairment (VI).  I found the talk and video very practical and useful and I felt I gained a much deeper knowledge of how frustrating VI is for the individual concerned and realised how little society, even Optometry, does to make adequate provision for their sensory needs”

“The aspect I enjoyed most about Dan’s talk was that he didn’t try and evoke pity or demonstrate anger and frustration, he simply offered and suggested practical guidance which left me keen to go out and do things better.  I am grateful for his honesty and professionalism.  He was a charming and effective speaker and I look forward to hearing him speak again in the future”  Roselin Birhah BSc (Hons) MSc MCOptom, LOC CET Officer

“I think Visual Impairment Awareness Training should be compulsory for opticians – in 31 years this is the first time I have done it and despite helping Daniel with them, and feeling I am quite well up on low vision issues compared to most DOs there is not really any substitute for learning from someone who lives with VI every day. It was a moving and humbling experience and could make such a difference to the lives of disabled people if opticians were experienced ambassadors for doing the right thing.” Course Attendee

“This has been a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring piece of interactive training. Daniel has given me complete understanding of issues visually impaired people come across on a daily basis, the session was informative, yet fun and light-hearted. I would recommend this training to anyone in the Optical environment. Thank You” – Kelly Wonnacott, Dispensing Optician at Pritchard Cowburn in Wales


“This session makes you aware of the sophisticated communications skills needed to provide appropriate support to ensure the person with impairment has an inclusive experience – in performing a task for example. I recommend this course to anyone in the optical profession and those who support VI people in other fields such as education. Experience of how to guide a VI patient should be a requirement for all eye care practitioners and their staff – it was excellent – I’d definitely recommend it. It was also a really fun session and the three sessions were over before we knew it.” – Course Attendee

CET Provider – Orbita Black Limited

Delegates are asked to help us to improve our training by providing feedback using the forms provided and via the CET Optics website when accepting CET points. CET points are uploaded within 10 working days – after that period please contact Peter Black at orbitablack@gmail.com with any queries or complaints and include your name and number as they appear on the General Optical Council (GOC) register.

Please note that most delays in attendance submission are caused by delegates providing incorrect GOC numbers, your practicing name (for example if you have recently married), or simply through illegible handwriting. It is a requirement of the CET that all delegates participate in the activities and / or discussions and are present for the full duration of each session for which points are to be awarded. Please be aware that any public CET session may be audited anonymously by the GOC to ensure published learning objectives are achieved and that providers and registrants comply with the scheme requirements.

To view the full range of Orbita Black’s CET courses, download your CET Accredited Training Catalogue here CET Training Catalogue

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