Specsavers’ CET roadshow has seen the number of attendees grow for the fifth year in a row.

A total of 2,050 optometrists, dispensing opticians (DO) and contact lens opticians (CLO) went to the series of 13 regional MiniPAC conferences between March and May and earned up to 17 CET points, with 6% of delegates from practices outside of Specsavers.

The conferences offered sessions on contact lenses for complex prescriptions and corneal problems, oculoplastics and dry eye, paediatric eye care and retinal pathology, challenging glaucoma cases and dispensing specialist ophthalmic lenses. There were also workshops on the use of OCT as part of a multidisciplinary team, an introduction to supervision, fitness to practise and managing complaints effectively to avoid unnecessary escalation.

Additionally, delegates had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the latest OCT equipment and to talk with key contact lens suppliers.

Director of professional training and development at Specsavers Gill Robinson said: ‘The sustainability of our profession relies on the passing-on of skills from one generation of clinicians to the next, so the quality of the content delivered and the quality of the supervision itself is of the utmost importance. With so many support staff now studying for accredited courses such as Cert 3, Cert 4 and our Enhanced optical services diploma, we are seeing GOC-registered practitioners taking on supervisory roles earlier in their career – which, in turn, provides a great grounding for the necessary skills to become a pre-reg, trainee DO or CLO supervisor, manager or mentor later on.’