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Four weeks of CET/CPD events online

Specsavers flagship Professional Advancement Conference is this year going online from 28 September onwards. 

Optometry and optics: 28 September – 28 October

The conference is open to all optical practitioners – for whomever you work – and includes live, bookable webinars, a peer review, discussion workshops, CET quizzes, supplier drop-in sessions and ‘virtual’ exhibitions.

Sessions will be between 8.30am and 8.30pm – at up to four different times of the day/evening and repeated on two or three separate occasions, so that they fit around your busy schedule.


Programme highlights

Many sessions focus on the challenges of practice during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Richard Edwards from the OCCS  – how to avoid escalation of concerns which have become prevalent since March 2020

  • Ross Campbell and Adam Wannell – glaucoma assessment and management during Covid-19

  • Sarah Long, Jonathon Bench, Krupa Patel, Neil Retallic, and Meena Puar from contact lens and eye drop suppliers take us on a journey through Covid-secure and effective contact lens practice

  • Good practice for recalls during the pandemic will be delivered by Ross Campbell

  • The art of dispensing during Covid-19 and ophthalmic lens selection, including dispensing for healthcare workers who wear PPE are considered in two discussion workshops by Kim O’Donnell, Kirsteen Newman and Sofia Fazal

  • Good practice for telephone triage and pathological conditions – a discussion workshop for dispensing opticians led by Hayley Kenefick and Freddie Bond

  • Broader considerations about health and wellbeing for our customers – a nutrition-focused discussion workshop led by Meena Puar.

Core clinical skills are also featured – including:

  • OCT decision-making – delivered by Jason Higginbotham and the CET sessions are complemented by drop-in information sessions elsewhere in the programme.

  • Sudden loss of vision – case-based discussion workshop for optometrists and DOs, led by Kiki Soteri.​​​​​​


Two evenings are devoted to the experience that many of us have developed a taste for during lockdown – the evening Zoom quiz – led by Phil Hall. The 1-interactive-point CET session is complemented by a virtual exhibition taster linked to a prize draw.

And for those who cannot make the evening hosted sessions, non-interactive quizzes for all practitioner groups are also available to complete in your own time.

CET info

  • Optometrists – more than 30 CET points and all competencies across the conference programme
  • Therapeutic optometrists – 5 points and 3 competencies
  • Dispensing opticians – 20 points and all competencies
  • Contact lens opticians – more than 12 specialist points and all competencies


PAC sponsors

​​​​​​​Bausch & Lomb
Birmingham Optical Group
Johnson & Johnson



Self-employed and non-Specsavers practitioners – £50 (incl VAT) for the whole four weeks.  
You may book as many different sessions as you wish.

Specsavers employed practitioners are free of charge. 

Enquiries | 03456 522800

Specsavers PAC 2019 speaker Irinder Khakha

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