To refer or not to refer. That is the question

15:30-16:30

Simon Browning B.Sc. (Hons.) MCOptom; Dr Aires Lobo, clinical director, Moorfields Eye Unit at Bedford Hospital and Clinical Lead - Bedfordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme: 1 interactive CET Point

This session will explore best practice working partnerships between Optometrists and Ophthalmologists to share knowledge and expertise for better patient care and clinical outcomes.

Often the gap between high street practice and Hospital Eye Clinics can seem a large one. It can sometimes seem that little is known by each of the settings about the work of the other. Sometimes, this can lead to misunderstandings or even disagreement. This lecture sets out to address some of these issues and will discuss real-life examples with participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Is able to develop an appropriate management plan for patients with eye conditions that considers multidisciplinary input, involving the right people in their care and the correct checks and balances.
  • Considers all the people who are involved in the care of the patient (GP, Ophthalmologist, other specialist etc) and understands the best way to communicate with all parties appropriately.
  • Understands the pathways for referral and the requirements of all those involved in the patients care and works with other professionals and agencies for the benefit of the patient.
  • Understands the techniques used by the optometrists in developing a management plan for patients. Understands the equipment they use and how they interact with other professions.

This piece of CET is approved for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

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