The Association of Optometrists (AOP) launches its extensive 2017 CET and events programme – designed for optometrists, dispensing and contact lens opticians. Running throughout the UK, in a range of interactive and non-interactive formats, the programme offers individuals more than 200 CET points throughout the year.
More than 20 national events return in 2017 including the popular peer discussion and legal roadshows – all providing excellent networking opportunities to meet and share ideas with peers. Following the success of 2016, this year’s programme will also include new online skills guides, video CET exams every two months and innovative CPD webinars.
Dr Ian Beasley, the AOP’s Head of Education, said that the programme will meet diverse education needs. He explained: “There are some exciting new developments coming this year in response to demand and changes in the sector. In 2016, we successfully refreshed our programme – designing it specifically to meet new GOC requirements and the range of work carried out by all practitioners. This has put us in an exceptionally strong position to grow the programme in new ways in 2017.”
Dr Beasley added: “We are particularly looking forward to the return of Therapeutics London Conference, now in its sixth year, which covers all competencies required for therapeutics-qualified optometrists as well as appealing to those contemplating the therapeutics route or participating in enhanced services.”
The 2017 programme launches with 100% Optical on 4 February at ExCeL London. As the official education partner for the event, the AOP has developed a comprehensive programme that offers a wide range of seminars and workshops across several hubs.
Other highlights of the 2017 programme are CET, in print and online, through Optometry Today (OT) and face-to-face professional development courses which help practitioners increase their soft skills. Members and OT subscribers can also benefit from further networking and interaction opportunities through the online CET and events forum.
New additions, coming later in 2017, include specific content to support locum practitioners and tailored education for the specialist area of paediatrics – details to be available in due course.
For more information, please contact Serena Box, PR and Media Manager, at the Association of Optometrists, SerenaBox@aop.org.uk or telephone 020 7549 2063. A range of high res images are available via Dropbox.
Notes to Editors
Association of Optometrists
The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading representative membership organisation for optometrists and other optical professionals in the UK. We support our community of more than 16,500 members to fulfil their professional roles to protect the nation’s eye health. As a founding member of the Optical Confederation we work with others to improve eye health for the public good. For more information, visit www.aop.org.uk
Optometry Today (OT) has a readership of 15,000 members and subscribers. OT was named as the ‘Best Professional Association or Royal College magazine’ at the MemCom 2016 Awards. Organised by MemCom – the networking organisation for membership marketing professionals – the awards recognise and celebrate excellence within the membership sector. The OT website offers subscribers exclusive access to over 65 CET exams per year, including bi-monthly CET video content. For more information, visit www.aop.org.uk/ot