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

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“The best CET I’ve done! 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


Seeing Beyond the Eyes 3-point CET e-learning bundle for Optometrists and Dispensing opticians

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This valuable e-learning bundle provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to empower your low vision patients to access vital support and services.

It comprises three sections worth 1 non-interactive point CET point for each:

A. Sight Loss Champion course C-78895

Competencies – Optometrist and Dispensing optician: (2) Communication and Standards of Practice

B. An Introduction to Visual Impairment (Recorded lecture) C-78600

Competencies – Optometrist: (3) Ocular Disease, Standards of Practice, Communication. Dispensing optician: (4) Ocular Abnormalities, Low Vision, Standards of Practice, Communication

C. Sight Loss Champion (Image/poster quiz) C-78566   

Competencies – Optometrist: (2) Standards of Practice and Communication. Dispensing optician: (2) Standards of Practice and Communication

You will learn about:

  1. Sight Loss Facts and Myths
    2. Eye Conditions and their Effects
    3. Emotional Impacts of Sight Loss
    4. Certification and Registration of Sight Loss
    5. Referrals to Support Services
    6. Making Clinics more Accessible
    7. Assistive Technologies
    8. Communicating Effectively
    9. Mobility and Sighted Guiding

To find out more and enrol, use this button…    Seeing Beyond the Eyes

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 is a statutory requirement for all 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 set of requirements by the end of each cycle to stay on the registers.

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

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.


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