Specsavers events go digital

Specsavers to run its MiniPAC event series as online learning for practitioners

Specsavers MiniPAC
Specsavers has turned its MiniPAC series of regional conferences into an online learning package, after postponing the events earlier this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The company’s CET roadshow was due to host more than 2000 optometrists, dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians across 13 events between March and May.

However, almost all were postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the remainder either re-scheduled or combined with Specsavers’ main Professional Advancement Conference (PAC) in Birmingham later this year.

Specsavers has now turned the programme content into a series of free recorded lectures and quizzes for self-directed distance learning.

More than 400 practitioners have enrolled on the distance-learning programme since it went live two weeks ago.

Gill Robinson, director of professional training and development for Specsavers, commented: “Introducing regional MiniPAC events alongside our flagship conference was always about making high quality, relevant CET as accessible to as many practitioners as possible – and this is no different.”

“Circumstances mean that delegates can’t come to us, so we have used technology to reach out to them,” Ms Robinson continued.

The learning content is available until the end of the year and covers topics including optical coherence tomography (OCT) follow-up cases, learning from complaints, driving – from standards to OCT via visual fields, challenging contact lens aftercare issues, and RGP verification.

An interactive webinar on OCT in clinical decision-making is also available during April.

Non-Specsavers practitioners are able to access the content by signing up on Specsavers’ website.

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