WOPEC training

 

This training gives LOC members the right skills to get community services running successfully in their region. University accreditated training also gives commissioners confidence in LOCSU’s community service pathways.

Dr Barbara Ryan, Clinical Wales Lead, Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre

LOCSU in partnership with WOPEC offer training courses in Glaucoma, Cataract, Learning Disabilities, Low Vision, Children's vision and MECS (form. PEARS) to support the implementation of LOCSU community service pathways. You can find out more information for any of these courses in the LOCSU/WOPEC course brochure

Anyone wishing to undertake any of these courses should contact their LOC in the first instance to request the access codes.  If you are not a member of your LOC and wish to join, please contact us and we will put you in touch with them.

Children's Vision (Paediatrics)

This course supports the LOCSU Paediatrics Pathway using online lectures, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and case-based Key Features Scenarios (KFS) all of which can be completed by distance learning via the WOPEC website.  In summary, there are 5 distance learning lectures (each has 6 MCQs), KFS on four patient scenarios (each with 3-5 MCQs), MCQ answers uploaded with instant results given, CET approved for 7 non-interactive CET points and an individualised CET Cardiff University Accreditation Certificate (in PDF format).

To become accredited for this course, practitioners will have to successfully pass online MCQs relating to each lecture and the KFS.

For the course outline, please click here.

Learning Disabilities 

LOCSU and WOPEC have launched a new distance learning course designed to increase the eye care professional's ability to deliver an effective service to people with learning disabilities and to support commissioning of the LOCSU Community Eye Care Pathway for Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities.  The course, which is funded by LOCSU, has been designed by Dr Margaret Woodhouse, Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University, and renowned expert in the eye care needs of children and adults with disabilities.   

As well as being suitable for optometrists, specific editions of the training module have been especially designed for dispensing opticians and optical assistants.  Each hour of lecture/video learning will be assessed using 12 multiple-choice questions. The training is accredited for CET points.  

For the course outline, please click here 

Glaucoma

A training and accreditation programme to support the LOCSU Level 1 a&b (IOP and Visual Field Refinement) and Level 2 (OHT Monitoring) enhanced service pathways.  The package consists of distance learning lectures and a short video.

A template for a practical skills assessment has been designed to complement the distance learning.  The assessments can be organised locally, and a number of Lead Optometric Assessors across England have been trained by WOPEC to facilitate these assessments.

For further instructions, please click here.

Cataract

A training programme to support the LOCSU Cataract Services pathway. The package consists of distance learning lectures and a short video.

For further instructions, please click here.

Low Vision

This course involves distance learning lectures video recorded on CD-ROM.  It provides theoretical training in low vision practice. It is recommended that practitioners also do some practical training.

For the course outline, please click here.

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) (formerly PEARS)

There are two parts to the training and accreditation for MECS which is based on the course used to train optometrists who provide MECS in Wales.   Part 1 is the series of distance learning lectures (theoretical training), where lectures are provided via your registered account's dashboard and MCQ answers are uploaded onto a website.  This course is accredited for 14 CET points.  Part 2 of the training is the practical station assessment - WOPEC can work with areas to organise this. 

For further information, please click here.

 

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Berkshire LOC's AGM

Holiday Inn Reading, Wharfedale Rd, Winnersh Triangle, Winnersh, Reading RG41 5TS

AGM

2017-07-25 18:30:00 - 2017-07-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Ralph Higson

Contact email: locberkshire@gmail.com

Solihull LOC's AGM

St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT

AGM

2017-10-04 19:00:00 - 2017-10-04 21:00:00

Contact name: Cathy Pike

Contact email: solihull.loc@hotmail.co.uk

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