Press release

New AOP Infection control and prevention certificate, launches at 12pm on 3 June

Watch a pre-recorded lecture and complete multiple choice questions to gain a certificate

On Wednesday 3 June, at 12pm, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) will launch a new AOP Infection control and prevention certificate, in association with Optometry Today (OT).   

The certificate has been designed by the expert clinical team to give optometrists and dispensing opticians, and patients, confidence and reassurance when practices open and they begin to see patients more regularly. 

All UK practising and pre-registration AOP members are encouraged to take the certificate. Qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians can also earn one CET point with successful completion of the certificate.  

In the pre-recorded lecture, AOP Clinical Director, Dr Peter Hampson, explains how to protect staff and patients in optometric practice during the coronavirus pandemic. He looks at how the virus is spread and how to control this, for example, by screening patients for symptoms, handwashing, social distancing, correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE), methods of cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation, and arranging the practice environment. 

After watching the lecture in full, members will be directed to complete a series of related multiple choice questions (MCQs). Upon successful completion, members will be able to download a paper certificate from MyAOP/CET, which they can personalise with a practice logo, to display on a practice wall or show to an employer. 

The certificate will be available to take on the OT website from Wednesday 3 June, at 12pm.

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For more information, please contact Mary Jones, interim PR and Media Manager, at the Association of Optometrists, [email protected] or telephone 020 7549 2040.

Notes to Editors

Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading representative membership organisation for optometrists in the UK. We support over 82% of practising optometrists, to fulfil their professional roles to protect the nation’s eye health. For more information, visit www.aop.org.uk

Optometry Today

Optometry Today (OT) has a readership of over 16,000 AOP members and subscribers in print and online. The OT ABC audit certificate is available online: www.abc.org.uk/product/5966-optometry-today  

OT
’s website offers daily news, interviews and in-depth features and analysis, plus exclusive access to over 54 CET exams per year, including bi-monthly CET video content. For more information, visit www.optometry.co.uk  

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