100% Optical CPD: new seminars launched

The final collection of CPD sessions has been launched for the education programme at 100% Optical in January

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A new collection of CPD seminars have been released for 100% Optical in January.

100% Optical, to be held between 22 and 24 January at London’s ExCeL, will be the first major optical trade event in the UK for two years and will host an array of education and networking opportunities and a vibrant exhibition. 

The event will provide an early opportunity for delegates to secure points under the General Optical Council’s (GOC) new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme, which launches in January.

As education partner for 100% Optical, the AOP has developed a programme of lectures, workshops and peer reviews, which have been tailored to meet the needs of all practitioner types.

Commenting on the first launch of the education programme in the autumn, Dr Ian Beasley, AOP head of education, said: “The education programme is designed by the AOP with the GOC’s CPD scheme in mind. With over 130 sessions to choose from, 100% Optical 2022 will be the perfect opportunity for registrants to find out more and get a head start on fulfilling their obligations under the new scheme.”

Sessions to watch

The third round of CPD sessions to go live for bookings sees more seminars from high-profile speakers on clinical topics and case studies, and from exhibitors covering skills, developments in equipment and patient communication.

On the main stage on the first morning of the show, lecturer Dr Byki Huntjens, also the chair of the British & Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators and director at the International Association of Contact Lens Educators, and Richard Smith, head of professional services for Europe/Canada at Bausch + Lomb, will discuss The story of comfort, unpacking key details to help minimise contact lens drop-outs.

Among the sessions will be a peer review on myopia management with Luan Henson, business development manager for Essilor, in the Future Practice refraction suite. Worth three CPD points, the session will repeat across the three days of the show and aims to help delegates to be able to advise patients on myopia management options.

Rounding off day two of the show, the AOP’s clinical and professional director, Dr Peter Hampson, and policy adviser, Kathy Jones, will present a lecture from the main stage titled Don’t look back in anger. The session is set to explore what is meant by competence, how to work to it, what that means for the future of optometric practice and how responsibility might evolve with technology. The lecture will also consider how this might impact on the current challenges facing the NHS and waiting lists.

A new session added to the AOP lounge across the three days of the show will be a peer review titled Multifocal journey – a long-term vision. This will be worth three CPD points.

On the final day of the show, Zetun Arif, domiciliary partner at Specsavers, will present a discussion workshop in the Optical Academy on domiciliary clinical cases. Later in the day, Jason Higginbotham, managing director of the consultancy FYEye, will deliver a lecture and discussion on Biometry in optometric practice.

Outside of the education programme, event organisers are preparing for an exciting exhibition with a host of suppliers to visit.

The Love Eyewear Awards, due to take place on Saturday 22 January, has attracted a record number of 170 entries. The awards shortlist is set to be announced on 3 January.

Visitor registration for the event is live, and the full programme of seminars can be found and booked on the website.