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Attendance growth at Specsavers MiniPAC conferences

The multiple highlighted that 6% of attendees were from practices outside of the company

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Specsavers has revealed that attendance at its continuing education and training (CET) roadshows has grown for the fifth year in a row.

A total of 2050 optometrists, dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians attended the 13 regional MiniPAC conferences hosted by the multiple between March and May.

Specsavers highlighted that 6% of attendees were from practices outside of the company, with the event offering 17 potential CET points.

Director of professional training and development at Specsavers, Gill Robinson, said: “The sustainability of our profession relies on the passing-on of skills from one generation of clinicians to the next, so the quality of the content delivered and the quality of the supervision itself is of the utmost importance.”

Topics included the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) as part of a multidisciplinary team and workshops on fitness to practise and managing complaints effectively.

The regional events also had exhibition space, which offered attendees the chance to talk with contact lens suppliers and get hands-on with OCT.

The programme included a dedicated series of workshops on supervision that were designed for new and experienced supervisors looking to enhance their skills.

Ms Robinson explained: “With so many support staff now studying for accredited courses such as certificate 3, certificate 4 and our enhanced optical services diploma, we are seeing GOC-registered practitioners taking on supervisory roles earlier in their career, which, in turn, provides a great grounding for the necessary skills to become a pre-reg, trainee dispensing optician or contact lens optician supervisor, manager or mentor later on.”

Specsavers’ flagship PAC will mark its 25th year when it is held on 13 October at the ICC Birmingham.