Legal Seminar, Belfast



Where: Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3LP

Interactive CET points approved: 4

In a new format for 2019, these seminars will provide members with an opportunity to meet the AOP’s clinical and legal experts and gain a unique insight into how best to manage the many different risks associated with optometric practice.

These seminars are designed to provide the support and guidance needed to help protect yourself, your practice and your patients.

18:15 - 19:00

  • Registration and buffet


19:00 - 20:00

  • 2 points

    Clinical Negligence: The Usual Suspects - AKA how to avoid being sued


20:00 - 21:00

  • 2 points

    Regulatory Issues: What should I do now?


Please note that these seminars are repeated throughout the year in different location and therefore points will only be awarded once.

C-62211: Clinical negligence: The usual suspects - AKA how to avoid being sued


The presentation will focus on the clinical negligence legal tests, typical claims against Optometrists, common errors, risks and how AOP can protect Members against exposure to liability from Patient complaints. It will also touch on the GDPR impact on the request for medical records.

Learning objectives:

  • Be able to manage patients safely
  • Understand when it is appropriate to refer patients for further investigation at an appropriate level of urgency

C-62212: Regualtory issues: What should I do now?

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This talk covers some of the most common issues encountered by optometrists in everyday practice, and includes practical advice on how to deal with them in a way which protects the patient, the practice and the practitioner. The questions we will discuss are based on queries the AOP’s regulatory team receives from members on a daily basis, including:

  • Do I need to report a patient who refuses to stop driving?
  • Who is responsible for ensuring repeat tests are done?
  • How do I refer patients safely?
  • How can I comply with GDPR?
  • What do I need to record?

Learning objectives:

  • Be able to manage patients safely 
  • Understand when it is appropriate to refer patients for further investigation at an appropriate level of urgency
  • Understand how to communicate to patients that they do not meet the visual standards required for driving
  • Understand the responsibility to safeguard others from patients who are unfit to drive

 Status Rate
 AOP Member  Complimentary
 Non-member  £95 (including VAT)

Please note that all bookings for AOP events are subject to our terms and conditions, which include our cancellation policy.

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