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Specsavers hosts event to welcome its newly-qualified optometrists

Excel aims to congratulate and provide education for newly-qualified optometrists at the multiple

18 Sep 2019 by Emily McCormick

A total of 75 newly-qualified optometrists from across the UK were brought together by Specsavers to celebrate their exam success.

The multiple hosts its Excel event for its newly-qualified optometrists four times a year following the results of each round of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations that are run by the College of Optometrists.

The most recent event took place at the Crown Plaza in Birmingham on 10 September.

Following a celebratory reception the evening before, practitioners had the opportunity to take part in a day of interactive CET based around patient-centred clinical case management.

Speaking about the event, head of optometry development at Specsavers, Kiki Sotwri, said: “It’s inspiring to spend a day with these young optometrists and to open their eyes to all the development opportunities that are available to them.

“We always get great feedback from the delegates who really enjoy the peer discussions and learning from experienced practitioners, as well as the opportunity to catch up with friends from university and make new friends.”

Newly-qualified optometrist, Eleanor Roberts, from Specsavers in Mold, attended the event and said that it was informative. “It’s really good to find that everyone else feels the same way as you do – confident enough to work independently as a registered practitioner, but pleased that there is such a great support network available to us,” she added.

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