SightCare shares conference programme

The event will take place on 28–29 January at the Telford International Centre

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SightCare has confirmed plans to hold its 2024 conference on 28–29 January at the Telford International Centre.

The conference provides business workshops, keynotes speakers, continuing professional development, and networking for independent practice owners and their teams.

The event is attended by more than 250 independent practices and their teams.

The first day of the conference will open with an opportunity for delegates to discuss best practice on the patient journey.

The evening social event will see the SightCare Awards take place, and an appearance from Jamie MacDonald, award-winning blind Scottish comedian and writer.

On the second day of the conference, Stephen Sykes, co-founder and director of 2030hub, the first United Nations recognised local entrepreneurial hub promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, will deliver the keynote.

Sykes will discuss direct and indirect climate, ecological and social pressure points impacting small independent practices, such as legislation, consumer demand, NHS requirements and the likely path for these pressures. The lecture will also explore the implications for practices and potential pitfalls to avoid.

The rest of the day will see a programme of business workshops and talks for the practice team, covering topics ranging from pricing and private practice, to myopia management, social media and digital marketing, and patient recall.

A ‘secret keynote’ has been planned to close the conference.

The 2024 event will be supported by more than 40 optical and business support suppliers.

John French, chief executive of SightCare, said: “We are very excited about our 2024 conference.”

“Sometimes we need a little reminder to think about what makes us excited; how to be a better and more efficient member of the independent practice team,” he added. “We aim to give our delegates an inspiring experience where they will meet many interesting, intelligent and influential people from the independent optical sector.”

More details on the conference can be found on the SightCare website.