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Enhanced CET - update on your feedback

CET webAs you know, we are enhancing our CET scheme from the next cycle in 2013. This is in response to the findings of our commissioned research into risk, and the key principle on continuing professional development in the report from the working group for non-medical revalidation. Principle 5 states: "This is the process by which individual registrants keep themselves up to date in order to maintain the highest standards of  professional practice."

In our continuing series of articles about these changes, Linda Kennaugh, Head of Education and Standards, focuses on two of the key topics on which you’ve been giving us feedback.

Distance learning

Under the enhanced CET scheme, you will be allowed to accrue a maximum of 50 per cent of your CET points from text-based distance learning with multiple choice questions.

However, we know that you value distance learning because of geographic location, business or personal commitments, for example. So other forms will continue to be accepted, such as DVDs, online lectures, video conferences, and visual recognition tests. You may achieve the balance of your CET points from these activities, as they're not restricted.

Peer review

Optometrists, contact lens opticians and therapeutic specialists will be required to undertake one peer discussion group per cycle.

We are working with CET providers to make sure there is sufficient range and geographical spread available for these events. We are also exploring innovative solutions, such as facilitating discussion groups using technology, eg internet and video conferencing. Our aim is to make peer review accessible for all registrants who have this requirement.

Peer review groups will involve a group of up to eight peers discussing specific clinical cases. These might be live clinical cases or case scenarios for those who don’t have a patient caseload. The groups will enable registrants to reflect on decision making and record keeping competencies.

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eBulletin June 2011

1. Update on enhanced CET

2. Cosmetic contact lenses

3. Feedback on registrants' survey

4. Getting to know... Nick Rumney

5. News in brief