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CET – Accredited Continuing Education and Training for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

Around 150 delegates seated at round tables


“The best CET I’ve attended! Great presentation, relevant and easy to immediately implement to make environmental changes in practice. I didn’t realise there was so much support available for my low vision patients”

Optometrist registered since 2005

Our CET courses are specifically designed for optical and eye care professionals. Sessions are delivered by us in association with Orbita Black Limited, an established General Optical Council (GOC) accredited Continuing Education and Training (CET) Provider.

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. Our Seeing Beyond the Eyes team received The Vision UK John Thompson Award for Excellence in Services, Support and Care 2019.

CET is a statutory requirement for all fully qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians, is points-based and runs over a three-year cycle, currently 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.

Courses comprise of multiple 1 hour interactive, discussion workshop modules for which registrants will accrue 3 CET points for each hour completed. These 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.

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 via feedback questionnaires and delegates are provided with a personalised reflective learning statement which is completed and retained to enable self-analysis when accepting CET points.


CET Seeing Beyond the Eyes


Seeing Beyond the Eyes logo showing close up of woman's eye


Hour 1

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

3 Interactive CET Points      1-hour Discussion Workshop       CET Number C-73827


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

Competencies Met

Optometrist: Ocular Disease | Standards of Practice | Communication

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


Dan presenting a workshop speaking into microphone



Hour 2

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

3 Interactive CET Points      1-hour Discussion Workshop       CET Number C-73887


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


 Lecture and webinar formats


 An Introduction to Visual Impairment 1 point CET Number C-72892

Following the success of Seeing Beyond the Eyes, we have been requested to deliver the same content in lecture format rather than discussion workshop so that it is suited to larger audiences and online webinars; the content remains essentially the same.

An introduction to visual impairment discusses the principle causes of sight loss in children, adults and the elderly and the associated symptoms in the initial and advanced stages. It discusses the problems visually impaired people experience even when visiting eye care practitioners and considers what reasonable adjustments should be made to better serve such patients. A unique perspective is provided by a presenter who is registered blind.


CET Visual Impairment Awareness Training

Demonstrating how to guide a person with a visual impairment

Every six minutes, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight – there are currently two million people living with visual impairment (VI) and this is estimated to increase to four million by 2050 so visual impairment awareness training is now more important than ever before for businesses and organisations.

Given the above statistics, some of your patients and possibly employees will be living with some form of sight loss which may not always be obvious. Therefore, responsible organisations ensure they are able to cater for their needs by making sure their staff have the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence.

Our nationwide visual impairment awareness training workshops focus on empathy and engagement and are delivered by professional trainers, many of whom have lived experiences of visual impairment, so your team will get a real insight into how to provide high quality customer service to people living with sight loss. Courses are suitable for all customer facing staff including clinicians, managers and receptionists.

Communicating with Patients with Low Vision

3 Interactive CET Points     1-hour Training Workshop    CET number C-75025

Discusses how to approach patients with visual impairment, guide dog etiquette, appropriate language, how to guide people safely, cane types, making information accessible and the use of assistive technology.

Competencies Met

Optometrist: Standards of Practice | Communication

Dispensing Optician: Standards of Practice | Communication

Supporting Patients with Low Vision

3 Interactive CET Points     1-hour Training Workshop    CET number  C-75023

Discusses the implications of The Equality Act 2010 for practices and practitioners, explores accessibility challenges within practices and reasonable adjustments to comply with current legislation.

Competencies Met

Optometrist: Standards of Practice | Communication

Dispensing Optician: Standards of Practice | Communication


Understanding Low Vision

3 Interactive CET Points     1-hour Training Workshop    CET number C-75021

Discusses the principle causes of sight loss in children, adults and the elderly, simulates the symptoms people with visual impairment experience and considers reasonable adjustments.

Competencies Met

Optometrist: Ocular Disease | Standards of Practice

Dispensing Optician: Ocular Abnormalities | Low Vision | Standards of Practice

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 Vision UK’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 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.



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