CET in focus at this year's National Optometric Confernce
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CET in focus at this year’s National Optometric Conference

Registration fee WEBWith just over a year left to run on the current CET cycle, Samantha Peters, GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, used this year’s National Optometric Conference as an opportunity to update delegates on the enhanced CET scheme.

The new CET scheme comes into effect in January 2013, and specific requirements will be introduced around how registrants should obtain their 36 CET points.

The main change for registrants will be that all optometrists and contact lens opticians must undertake at least one ‘peer review’ CET activity per cycle. Therapeutic prescribing optometrists and contact lens opticians will be expected to discuss cases relating to their specialty area. Optometrists can choose the type of cases they wish to use. The aim of peer review is to encourage registrants to engage in constructive discussion with their peers and to reflect on their own and others’ practice.

Samantha Peters explains: “The new CET requirements have been formulated following lengthy consultation with the professions, much in-depth research into risk, and patient feedback. We are confident that the enhanced CET scheme will ensure registrants have the most up to date, and relevant skills they need to do their job to the highest standard.”

Samantha continues: “Peer review should not be about individual practitioners making or offering judgement on the decisions or practices of others. It should offer an environment in which registrants can engage in case-based discussion with up to eight peers, which will help them to consider their own decision-making and record-keeping.”

Under the new scheme, three types of peer review activity will be CET-accreditated:

1. The traditional peer review group where a small group of registrants bring their own cases for discussion, with one registrant nominated to organise and lead the event.

2. A structured case based discussion with up to eight peers in the same room, using example cases led by a facilitator. The facilitator will ensure each individual participates and helps the group make a link to their own practise.

3. A structured case-based discussion with up to eight peers at different locations connected via online real-time audio, and video services. Online groups will need to be arranged through an approved provider trained in the use of this technology. This third option is designed to allow registrants based overseas or in remote areas of the UK to participate in peer review.

To gain the peer review points, registrants will be expected to record their learning from the session in their CETOptics account. In addition to the peer review requirement, all registrants will need to demonstrate that their 36 CET points cover all of the competency units relevant to their professional group or speciality.

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