Education and Training
Below is our guide to the GOC's new enhanced CET scheme, which began on 1 January 2013. You will find a summary of the main requirements and information on how to obtain your points while getting the most out of your continuing professional development.
New CET requirements
- gain 36 points over the three-year cycle from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015
- gain at least six points a year
- gain at least half of your general points through interactive learning, which involves some sort of communication with your peers or experts. This can include distance learning which features an interactive element, for example discussion forums or webinars
- take part in at least one peer review or discussion during the three years (you will gain three points for taking part in and reflecting on such a session)
- gain points in all eight optometry competency units during the three-year cycle
- complete your CET within the three-year cycle – there will be no automatic shortfall period.
If you are a therapeutic specialist optometrist, you must also gain 18 points from therapeutics specialist CET activities at a rate of six a year
A password-protected page is available from the following web-link: http://www.staffsloc.co.uk/downloads/ which contains referral and community eye care protocols and forms exclusively for the use of Staffordshire optometrists and dispensing opticians.
Any Staffordshire optometrist or dispensing optician wishing to visit the secured page should either email or write to LOC secretary Alison Lowell, giving his or her full name, GOC number and practice(s) currently working in. Once your details have been validated, Alison will send you a reply containing your password.
Presentations from PEATS/GRR CET Event on 16th May 2016
GRR Review 2016
PEATS Review 2016
Lynval Jones Presentation
Bal Manoj Presentation 1
Bal Manoj Presentation 2
Presentation from South Staffs MECS Launch Event - May 2017
Mark McCracken presentation
Guide to Prescribing For Lubricating Eye Drops
Please click here for a Guide to Prescribing For Lubricating Eye Drops.
Contact details for Primary Care Team
STAFFS LOC GUIDANCE ON EYE EXAMINATIONS FOR CHILDREN
College of Optometrists:
Professional Standards > Codes of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct > Search Current Guidelines
In Practice > Guidance for practitioners
GOS/Regulatory > GOS Contract Compliance
Contact details for North Midlands Primary Care team
The Primary Care Team for West Staffordshire is:
The Primary Care Team for East Staffordshire is:
The Primary Care Team for Shropshire is:
The wider Staffordshire Primary Care Team is supported in Rugeley by:
and in Telford by
For all queries regarding your contract, in the first instance, please contact your Primary Care Contracts Manager or, in absence, the Assistant Primary Care Contract Manager
For Changes to performers download relevant form from https://www.performer.england.nhs.uk/Documents
This should then be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
STAFFS LOC GUIDANCE ON EYE EXAMINATIONS FOR CHILDREN
(This is a response to parents being advised by certain Opticians that their child is too young to have an Eye Test)
- If an Optometrist is registered with the PCT to conduct GOS sight tests, then under current legislation, it is a breach of contract to refuse any eligible patient the opportunity of an NHS eye examination on grounds of age, race, gender, religions, social class, sexual orientation, appearance, disability or medical or ophthalmic condition. (New GOS contract Part 9, Clause 39).
- This does not prevent a practitioner from referring or recommending a patient see another practitioner who may have particular skills or a special interest in, a particular group of patients or patients with a particular condition, with the patient’s agreement. So, if an Optometrist does feel they are not confident in their own ability/experience (or other valid reason) to examine a young child, then it would be their professional obligation to refer that child to another Optometrist who has the appropriate experience/confidence. If in North Staffordshire, they could refer to the list of Paediatric Shared Care Optometrists and choose the most convenient one for patient.
In North Staffordshire, Optometrists can now refer children directly to the Orthoptist (UHNS) using a GOS 18 form, if any further investigation/management is required, after completing the Eye Examination.
Parents do have the right to take their child to any GOS contractor for this examination. The right of an Optometrist to refuse to see a patient remains, but if exceptionally, the contractor does have to refuse GOS to a patient, other than because the patient is not eligible for an NHS sight test, they must record this information and make it available to the PCT on request.
The College of Optometrists guidelines and AOP are a good source for what clinical standards are required from Optometrists and the legal consequences would be for refusing to see a particular class of patient.
It is worth reminding ourselves that eye problems can occur at any age and parents cannot always tell if their child has an eye/vision problem. A child will not complain about their eyes/vision in the same way as an adult. It is vital to remember that the first 7-8 years of life are crucial for normal visual development of that child and will greatly influence the quality of life for that child. As Optometrists, we play a primary role in detection and management of children’s visual problems.
- Lastly, it is also worth remembering that children under 16, must be dispensed and fitted with spectacles by a registered Optician. Unqualified staff may be involved if they are under direct supervision of a registered Optician.