‘The dream partnership’ – closing the gap between ophthalmology and optometry


Giles Edmonds, Clinical Services Director, Specsavers BSc(Hons) MCOptom MBA; Darshak Shah, Managing Director and co-founder, Newmedica; Nigel Kirkpatrick, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director Newmedica MD FRCOphth - 1 interactive CET point

At Optrafair last year Doug Perkins, Co-founder of Specsavers, gave his analysis of the disruptive change facing optometry and outlined his vision for optometrists to become the GP of the eyes. And he spoke about the ‘dream partnership’ of ophthalmologists and optometrists working together in the community to provide high quality eye care to patients.

This year Giles Edmonds, Clinical Services Director at Specsavers, will provide an updated analysis of the threats to optometry, the barriers to change and the need for a sector-wide collaborative response.

Sharing the lessons learned from Specsavers’ investment in community ophthalmology provider Newmedica, Giles will be joined by Darshak Shah, Newmedica Managing Director, to outline how the ‘dream partnership’ is becoming a reality in a way that benefits patient care and all optometrists, regardless of where they practise.

Finally we will hear from Consultant Ophthalmologist and Newmedica Clinical Director Nigel Kirkpatrick who will bring the partnership between ophthalmology and optometry to life with specific reference to the work undertaken by Newmedica in Gloucestershire.

Learning Objectives

  • To reflect on your practice and seek to improve the quality of your work through activities such as reviews, audits, appraisals or risk assessments. Implement any actions arising from these.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues within the optical professions and other healthcare practitioners in the best interests of your patients, ensuring that your communication is clear and effective.
  • To ensure that those individuals or organisations to which you refer have the necessary qualifications and registration so that patient care is not compromised.

This piece of CET is approved for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians