When the latest CET cycle launched in 2013, there was a significant degree of trepidation about the new requirements involved.
One of the most talked-about changes was the peer discussion element. Writing in November's edition, OT’s clinical editor, Dr Ian Beasley, observes that, despite initial reservations, his experience has been entirely positive. “Not only do these sessions provide reassurance that many of my clinical uncertainties are mirrored among my peers, but I always manage to glean some useful insight from colleagues in the room,” he concludes.Nearly three years on, and the completion of the cycle poses new challenges. Chief among those is the reality that no grace period is permitted by the GOC for the collection of the required 36 CET points. In other words, practitioners need to not only have achieved this minimum point tally by the end of the year, but they should make sure that they have accepted all the points on their MyGOC account by the 31 December deadline to avoid removal from the register. Look out for OT’s interview with the GOC’s Marcus Dye in the December edition, where we find out what it means for those practitioners who miss the deadline.
In this month’s OT, we have seven CET competencies on offer for optometrists and six for dispensing opticians, ranging from OCT case studies of the macular, to Acquired abnormalities of the optic nerve.
Plus, with another set of five articles, an online CET survival pack and an interactive CET video on mobility available this month, we hope to have your CET needs well and truly covered.
Lastly, please do get in touch with your thoughts on the launch of our new monthly journal and website. We are always keen to hear your views.