CET interviews
General Optical Council eBulletin 41
April 2019

CET Interviews

The 2016 -18 Continuing Education and Training (CET) cycle was a great success with over 97% of all registrants meeting their requirements. Many registrants far exceeded the 36 points minimum requirement. For this month’s bulletin we interviewed registrants who achieved the highest CET points in their registration category, to find out how they did it and what we can learn from them.

Stuart Welling - Dispensing Optician: 207 general points

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Did you have a planned approach to your CET or did you approach it on an ad hoc basis? 

I didn't really plan my approach as such with regards to a specific topic. I just felt it was important to broaden my knowledge on as many subjects as possible.

Which elements of your CET did you find the most interesting and why?

I always find interacting with my peers the most interesting and enjoyable way to gain CET.

Are there any specialist subjects that you are particularly interested in that you are hoping to concentrate on in the 2019/21 cycle?

I'm interested in several topics, but low vision is one of my priority subjects. I feel it is often overlooked in practice so by gaining more knowledge in this field I can better advise and support low vision patients in practice.

 

Hugh Russell - Therapeutic prescriber: 67 general and 105 speciality points

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Did you have a planned approach to your CET or did you approach it on an ad hoc basis?

I don’t approach CET on an ad hoc basis. At the start of each year and certainly at the start of each 3-year cycle I look at my scope of practice and consider where I would like to improve my knowledge and skillset. 

Which elements of your CET did you find the most interesting and why?

This is a very difficult question as each type of learning has its own benefit. But if I was asked to choose I would probably say I enjoy conferences the most. I like the social setting as well as the clinical information available.

Why do you think CET is important?

Our profession had undergone a significant change in the last few years. The combined factors of new technology, independent prescribing, working within a different environment such as hospital optometry and shared care schemes make apparent the need for CET. As an independent practitioner and IP optometrist it is essential that I provide my patients with the most up to date advice. I feel that through CET we as a profession will become more able to meet the challenges of the future.

 

Nicholas Bailey - Contact Lens Optician: 183 general points and 135 speciality points

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Did you have a planned approach to your CET or did you approach it on an ad hoc basis?

I prefer to read the main optical trade journals to do the CET. I also regularly attend conferences, meetings and exhibitions to pick up points.

Why do you think CET is important?

Studying helps to refresh the mind particularly when you’re getting older. Also, technology, treatments and techniques can change as time goes on. So, we need to be ahead of the game. It might also help to keep us away from the Fitness to Practise Committee!

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