WOPEC Training

LOCSU worked with WOPEC to offer training courses for extended primary care services to support the implementation of LOCSU’s pathways. You can find out more information about these courses in the LOCSU/WOPEC modules brochure.

Anyone wishing to undertake any of these courses need to contact their LOC to request the access codes.  If you are having difficulties with this, please contact us and we will put you in touch with them.

When you get your code from your LOC, you should receive instructions on how to register that code or you can click here for them.

All modules are CET accredited.

Cataract

The Pre- and Post-Operative Cataract course comprises online theoretical training lectures and MCQs, a visual recognition (VRICS) test and a video following a cataract patient journey in hospital. Lectures cover the following topics: Types and grading of cataract; Pre-operative assessment and considerations and Complications of cataract surgery.

This module is open to all optometrists.

Children’s Vision (Paediatrics)

The aim of the course is to provide community and hospital-based practitioners with knowledge and skills to provide a high standard of eye care to children of all ages. It includes topics covering assessment, screening, referral and treatment pathways, with an emphasis on the importance of good communication with children and young people, their parents/carers and with other professionals.

It is open to optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Glaucoma

This course provides the optometrist with training on glaucoma repeat measurement and ocular hypertension (OHT) monitoring which is in line with NICE guidelines. It has been peer reviewed by the NICE guideline development group.

There are two parts to Glaucoma training and accreditation. Part 1 must be completed before Part 2 can be undertaken.

This module is open to optometrists. Contact lens opticians can obtain access through ABDO.

Low Vision

The Low Vision lectures cover pathology, assessment of visual function, low vision needs, magnifiers, and low vision solutions.  There is also practical training and assessment.

This module is open to optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

MECS accredited practitioners will be able to provide a prompt assessment of a patient presenting with an acute eye condition. As many patients as possible will have their management maintained within the primary care setting, thus avoiding unnecessary referrals to hospital services. Where referral to secondary care is required it will be to a suitable specialist with appropriate urgency.

There are two parts to MECS training and accreditation. Part 1 is online distance learning with Part 2 station based practical assessment and learning.

This module is open to optometrists. Contact lens opticians can obtain access through ABDO.

People with Learning Disabilities

This distance learning course is designed to increase the eye care professional’s ability to deliver an effective service to people with learning disabilities and to support commissioning of LOCSU’s pathway for Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities.

This module is open to optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical assistants (each role has a different version).