Therapeutics London 2017

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Where: Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1HT

Interactive CET points approved: 21

Target groups: O, TO, DO

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Whether you're independent prescriber qualified, considering the career path, undertaking MECS or simply looking to expand your skills, Therapeutics London is an unmissable opportunity to gain insight (and CET point) from the leading experts in the field.

This two day event covers all GOC competencies required for therapeutics-qualified optometrists alongside a specialist peer discussion session. 

Delegates will experience:

  • Lectures from leading experts, including US keynote speaker, Dr Ted McElroy and Professor Harminder Dua
  • Hands on workshops including lacrimal syringing, punctum plugging, gonioscopy and peripheral retinal imaging
  • CET across all therapeutics competencies, including specialist peer discussion
  • Therapeutic management of a range of ocular diseases
  • An opportunity to network with fellow specialising optometrists

Confirmed lectures:

  • Ocular surface regeneration: epithelial wound healing to stem cells transplantation - Professor Harminder Dua
  • The bluffer's guide to uveitis - Professor Philip Murray
  • Neuro-ophthalmology problem solving - James Acheson from Moorfields
  • Implications of ocular surface disease in glaucoma patients - Professor Christine Purslow

Discounted accommodation for delegates:

If you require accommodation at the Holiday Inn London - Bloomsbury, please call 0871 942 9222 and quote reservation number AO1 to qualify for the following discounted rates for delegates:

  • Saturday 23 September - £205.00, single occupancy including breakfast and VAT
  • Sunday 24 September - £120.00, single occupancy including breakfast and VAT

Bookings must be made by 23 August to take advantage of the discounted rates. Any reservations made after this date are subject to availability and the room rate at the time of booking will apply.


"Excellent event – especially for the IP CET.
Well organised, I hope it continues"
2016 delegate

8:45AM - 5:30PM

Sunday 24 September 2017

8:45AM - 9:15AM

Registration, tea and coffee

9:15AM - 9:30AM


9:30AM - 10:30AM

I know it’s red, but do I have the Pink Eye? Infectious eye disease and treatment Lecture | Ted McElroy | 1 CPD point

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Exhibition, tea and coffee

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Clinical decision making - how to not be wrong!! Lecture | Michael Johnson | 1 CPD point
No more tears! Lacrimal syringing - clinical skills workshop Workshop | Declan Hovenden | 3 CPD points
Why the Retinal Periphery Matters Workshop | Simon Barnard | 3 CPD points

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Getting started with gonioscopy Workshop | Hayley Johnson | 3 CPD points
Punctum plugging in practice: Live demonstration and hands-on workshop Workshop | Philip Thompson | 3 CPD points
The evidence base for myopia control Lecture | Paul Gifford | 1 CPD point

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Exhibition and lunch

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery – new beginnings or a false dawn? Lecture | Sameer Trikha | 1 CPD point
Punctum plugging in practice: Live demonstration and hands-on workshop Workshop | Philip Thompson | 3 CPD points
Putting myopia control into practice Workshop | Kate Gifford | 3 CPD points

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Getting started with gonioscopy Workshop | Hayley Johnson | 3 CPD points
Non-therapeutics peer discussion Peer discussion | Ceri Smith-Jaynes | 3 CPD points
Therapeutics peer discussion Peer discussion | Michael Johnson | 3 CPD points

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Demodex is out there and impacting lids, lashes and lubricity Workshop | Nicholas Dash | 3 CPD points
No more tears! Lacrimal syringing - clinical skills workshop Workshop | Declan Hovenden | 3 CPD points
Telling the difference between high-risk and low-risk neuro-ophthalmic problems in primary care settings Lecture | James Acheson | 1 CPD point

9:00AM - 4:10PM

Monday 25 September 2017

9:00AM - 9:30AM

Registration, tea and coffee

9:30AM - 10:30AM

No more tears! Lacrimal syringing - clinical skills workshop Workshop | Declan Hovenden | 3 CPD points
The bluffer’s guide to uveitis Lecture | Philip Murray | 1 CPD point
Understanding retinal pathology and the importance of ultra-widefield autofluorescence imaging Workshop | Simon Browning | 3 CPD points

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Exhibition, tea and coffee Session Breaks

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Blood pathologies in the retina - a whistle-stop tour of how blood conditions show up in the eye Lecture | Erika Damato | 1 CPD point
Getting started with gonioscopy Workshop | Hayley Johnson | 3 CPD points
Punctum plugging in practice: Live demonstration and hands-on workshop Workshop | Philip Thompson | 3 CPD points

12:00PM - 1:00PM

From the field: the benefits of interdisciplinary teamwork Workshop | Simon Browning | 3 CPD points
No more tears! Lacrimal syringing - clinical skills workshop Workshop | Declan Hovenden | 3 CPD points
Ocular surface regeneration – epithelial wound healing to stem cells transplantation Lecture | Harminder Singh Dua | 1 CPD point

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Exhibition and lunch

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Getting started with gonioscopy Workshop | Hayley Johnson | 3 CPD points
Punctum plugging in practice: Live demonstration and hands-on workshop Workshop | Philip Thompson | 3 CPD points
The ocular surface in glaucoma...the missing link to successful adherence? Lecture | Christine Purslow | 1 CPD point

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Demodex is out there and impacting lids, lashes and lubricity Workshop | Nicholas Dash | 3 CPD points
Steroids, hydroxychloroquine, and laws Lecture | Ted McElroy | 1 CPD point

4:00PM - 4:10PM

Conference close


James Acheson

James Acheson

A consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals, since 1999, James has extensive experience in the evaluation of children and adults with visual problems arising from neurological disorders.

He is additionally educational supervisor for Ophthalmic Speciality Trainees, examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, lecturer for the UCL MSc course on Clinical Ophthalmology.

James's current research interests include the use of diagnostic tools in the evaluation of suspected optic disc swelling and the use of web-based interactive teaching tools in neuro-ophthalmology.

Philip Thompson

Philip Thompson

Philip is a practicing CLO and Business Development Manager for Positive Impact.

He has developed a keen interest in dry eye and its management and regularly delivers CET workshops in Punctal Occlusion.

He has managed the general running of a small independent 6 practice optical group, along with coaching the branch teams for greater performance in all aspects of their optical business. He worked with a leading UK optical chain as a regional manager and in 2010 completed a Nottingham University Business School Regional Managers Development Programme. 

In 2007 he became a licensed trainer for Krauthammer; a globally renowned coaching, consulting and training company.

Simon Barnard

Professor Simon Barnard

Professor Simon Barnard runs a private practice in north London. He graduated from City University in 1976, and completed his training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and went on to Lecture at City University, London from 1979 –2004

As Director of Ocular Medicine, Institute of Optometry, London, Simon developed the first UK government accredited therapeutic course and became an Independent Therapeutic Prescriber himself in 2011. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists, American Academy of Optometry and European Academy of Optometry & Optics.

Simon Barnard has also published over 50 papers and a book, has presented 150 lectures internationally and been an expert witness in over 50 medico-legal cases.


Dr Erika Damato

Following postgraduate training in general medicine, Dr Erika Damato embarked on a specialised residency in Medical Ophthalmology, combining internal medicine and ophthalmology, for five years, at Bristol Eye Hospital.

Between 2014 and 2017 Erika worked as a medical ophthalmology consultant at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, specialising in uveitis, Behçet's disease and medical retina; often managing patients with complex multi-system disease and ocular manifestations. Dr Damato has recently started working at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she leads the Medical Ophthalmology service.

Harminder Dua

Professor Harmider Dua

Chair and professor of Ophthalmology , University of Nottingham

Professor Harminder Dua is the chair and professor of ophthalmology at University of Nottingham and is the head of the Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

He is also the co-editor in chief with Arun Singh, of the British Journal of Ophthalmology. 

Professor Dua is also president of the EVERf (European Association for Vision and Eye Research Foundation), with over 200 research publications and 14 book chapters to his credit.

Christine Purslow

Professor Christine Purslow

Head of Medical Affairs , Thea Pharmacueticals, Keele University

Professor Purslow is a qualified optometrist with a Phd from Aston University, and regularly presents on dry eye, tear film, and contact lenses. She is a member of the College of Optometrists, and a Fellow of IACLE and BCLA, and a recipient of the Irving Fatt Memorial Award for her research. 

Chris was a senior lecturer and researcher at Cardiff University and also Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses within WOPEC. Her most recent academic role was Head of Optometry at Plymouth University. In 2013, she was appointed as Head of Medical Affairs for Thea Pharmaceuticals, based at Keele University.

Kate Gifford

Kate Gifford

Kate Gifford is a clinical optometrist, peer educator and clinical researcher in Brisbane, Australia, with special interests in contact lenses, binocular vision and myopia control. Graduating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2003 with First Class Honours and a University Medal, Kate is undertaking a part-time PhD by clinical research. 

She is a fellow of the BCLA, IACLE, CCLSA (Australia) and AAO and is the Immediate Past President of Optometry Australia. Kate is an award-winning clinical supervisor and visiting lecturer at QUT, holds 38 peer reviewed and professional publications, and has presented over 70 lectures at conferences in Australia and internationally.

Paul Gifford

Paul Gifford

Paul graduated in optometry from City University, London, England in 1994, and worked in UK private practice with contact lens specialty before moving to Sydney, Australia where he completed a PhD at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2009. 

Paul holds three professional fellowships; has received nine research awards including two from the British Contact Lens Association and holds 37 peer reviewed and professional publications. Paul now holds an adjunct academic position at UNSW, and works in contact lens R&D along with practice based research.

Declan Hovenden

Declan Hovenden

Head Clinical Optometrist & Clinical Manager , Dublin Institute of Technology.

Declan Hovenden is Head Clinical Optometrist & Clinical Manager at the National Optometry Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology, the clinical training facility for optometrists studying at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

He has a background in refractive surgery practice which engendered an interest and gave him significant experience in the management of dry eye. He regularly delivers CPD training to practising optometrists.

Hayley Johnson

Hayley Johnson

Hayley was previously the resident optometrist in the Cardiff University Eye Clinic where hundreds of undergraduate students benefited from her expertise and encouragement, and she helped to develop the evidential support, training and assessment methods for the widely acclaimed Welsh Low Vision Service. 

Her specialist clinical skills were developed working alongside ophthalmologists at Bristol Eye Hospital. She has a College diploma in contact lenses and glaucoma, and is an Independent Prescriber, and works in community as principal optometrist at Johnson & Furze Optometrists.

Michael Johnson

Dr Michael Johnson

Dr Johnson is an independent prescribing optometrist who trained at Moorfields and Bristol Eye Hospital, and was awarded a PhD by the University of Wales. 

He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at university, acted as a consultant in the design and analysis of clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry, and worked in Eye Casualty and out‐patient medical clinics in hospitals. He now focuses on helping patients in private practice.

Phil Murray

Phil Murray

Phil Murray is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing University of Birmingham, and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre (BMEC), Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. 

He has a special interest in uveitis running two dedicated regional/supra-regional clinics per week and is part of the Birmingham National Centre of Excellence for Behçet’s Syndrome. He enjoys the challenging and frustrating nature of uveitis but also finds it immensely rewarding. 

Ceri Smith-Jaynes

Ceri Smith Jaynes

Ceri is the Creative Multimedia Editor for OT and part of the AOP professional development team. Her main role is creating CET videos. Originally from South Wales, Ceri is an optometrist, currently working in independent practice in Lytham St Annes. She studied optometry at UMIST, graduating in 1999, where she won the year prize for pharmacology. 

She went on to do her pre-reg with Dollond and Aitchison, staying with them for five years after qualifying. Her special interests include dry eye, Sportvision and irregular-cornea contact lens fitting and she has given CET presentations to her peers on punctal plugs and the management of dry eye. BBC Radio Lancashire calls upon her from time to time to set the record straight on the latest eye topics. She has been on the East Lancashire Local Optometric Committee for four years.

Samer Trikha

Sameer Trikha

Mr Sameer Trikha is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at King’s College NHS Foundation Trust, specialising in the medical and surgical treatment of Glaucoma. 

He completed his post graduate training in the Wessex region, before conducting an International research/clinical fellowship at the prestigious Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and followed this up with a clinical fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.


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    The Clinitas range now also includes a hot eye compress that is available to prescribe at just £7.49.

    Altacor also provide Comfortear Lacrisolve 180, an absorbable punctum plug that lasts 180 days.

  • Kestrel Ophthalmics

    Kestrel Ophthalmics is focused on the battle against lid margin disease. Its products aid the treatment of dry eye, blepharitis, demodex blepharitis and rosacea. Cliradex : the next generation in lid hygiene and preventative care, Ilast to soothe and heal sore, red eyelids and remove crusts and I-Pen for rapid, reliable and reproducible tear osmolarity testing.

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  • Mainline Instruments

    Mainline Instruments has grown as an independent supplier of ophthalmic instrumentation that offers novel solutions for the optometry world. 

    Formed in 1997 and based in Birmingham, Mainline are ideally experienced and located to provide support for the many products available. Mainline supply a variety of products from established manufacturers such as Icare, Keeler, Tomey, Huvitz, Neitz, Oculus and more.

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  • Medicom Healthcare

    Medicom Healthcare designs, develops, manufactures and markets eye care products worldwide.

    “Our vision is to deliver a superior patient experience that is cost effective to payers.”

    Medicom Healthcare has brought more than 20 products to the market, covering the therapeutic areas of dry eye, glaucoma, allergy, infection and blepharitis.

    Our two founders have over 50 years of eye care experience and our management team comes from leading companies in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, software and FMCG industries.

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  • Novartis

    Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care and cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals.

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  • Optos

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    Optos' core devices produce ultra-widefield, high resolution digital images (optomap®) of approximately 82% or 200◦ of the retina, something no other device is capable of doing in any single image.

  • OrCam

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  • Positive Impact

    Positive Impact is the exclusive optometric distributor for Punctal plugs from BVI. This unique range includes the patented non-dilating Parasol® permanent plug design and the Extend™ 90-day absorbable synthetic implants. Additionally we are UK distributor of InflammaDry®: The only in-practice test that detects ocular inflammation in the tears of patients with dry eye disease.

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