Forthcoming Events

NES Optometry Annual Conference Sunday 01 October 2017

Registration for this Event is now closed, for further details please contact the NES Conference Team on 0131 656 3215/3216/4378 or

1:  Deaf Awareness

Description: As the population ages, practitioners will increasingly require the skills to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. This discussion workshop will provide opportunity to discuss the communication difficulties faced by patients who are deaf or hard of hearing, and to learn appropriate ways to communicate more effectively. 

Anita Low 
Anita is a trained nurse and currently supports deaf patients as a day centre support worker for Hayfield Service for Deaf. She has considerable experience of supporting patients with communication difficulties. 

Paul McCusker 
Paul is a residential support worker for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and a BSL mediator. Paul is also deaf himself, and as such has first-hand experience of the challenges faced by deaf patients.  

2:  EyeSi and binocular indirect simulator sessions (This session is now fully subscribed) 

Description: This hands on workshop session will allow you to enhance your Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy (BIO) Examination technique. Have you ever wondered how much of the retina you examined? This session will allow you to use the Eyesi Indirect Ophthalmoscope Simulator and Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopes to examine pathology and improve your technique.

Dr Kathy Morrison
Kathy is the joint Programme Director of NES Optometry and a community IP Optometrist. She gained her undergraduate Optometry degree and PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University. As part of her optometric career she has taught at undergraduate and post graduate level. Over the years she has taken part in various Vision Aid Overseas trips and more recently taken part in a medical team to India.

Dr Robin Legge
Robin is an experienced educator and has taught at bith undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has been tarined in use of the EyeSi and delivered multiple sessions in the EyeSi.

3: Biomarker discovery for health and ageing

Description: Imaging the retina could become a quick test for identifying disease in the human body and brain. To unlock the potential we are investigating associations between the retina and conditions such as hypertension, kidney disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia. In order to understand the disease process, we must of course also understand the normal healthy ageing process of the retina and brain and attempt to answer questions, 'What is normal?'.

This year, Tom will be following on with more depth, the content he introduced to us in 2016. We'll discuss the importance of retinal biomarkers for the above diseases and how to measure them, look at case specific images for these diseases compared with 'normals' and consider the question, 'What is normal healthy ageing of the retina and how do we improve our understanding of this?'

Dr Tom MacGillivray
Tom specialises in the field of image processing and analysis for clinical research. His team staffs the Image Analysis Core laboratory of the Edinburgh Imaging QMRI facility joint with the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility at the University of Edinburgh. He has extensive experience facilitating research that features retinal imaging and includes studies on stroke, cardiovascular disease, neurodegeneration and cognitive change with age. Tom also co-ordinates an interdisciplinary initiative called VAMPIRE (Vascular Assessment and Measurement Platform for Images of the REtina) whose aim is efficient, semi-automatic analysis of retinal images.

Pam McClean
Pam has over 15 years of practical clinical experience as a community optometrist and has been a qualified Independent Prescribing Optometrist since 2010. She currently specialises in Glaucoma running a new patient referral clinic. Pam is a part-time Senior Postgraduate Optometry Tutor for NHS Education for Scotland and an experienced LOCSU trained facilitator. She acts as an examiner for GCU on the IP course, is involved in research at the PAEP, and is also a Practice Inspector for Lothian and Borders. 

4:  Ophthalmic oncology - what not to miss (This sessions is now fully subscribed)

Description: This workshop will use cases of intra-ocular and extra-ocular tumours to provide a forum for interactive discussion about the key symptoms and signs of these lesions with particular emphasis on red-flag signs. It will include uveal melanomas and the differentiation of these lesions from choroidal naevi, adnexal malignancies including basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and sebaceous gland carcinomas, ocular surface tumours such as ocular surface squamous neoplasia as well as conjunctival melanomas and their differentiation from conjunctival naevi. The workshop will also briefly outline the working of the Scottish Ocular Oncology service and the management options for these patients.

Mr Vikas Chadha 
Vikas has been a Consultant in the West of Scotland since 2009 and is now a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Tennent Instutite of Ophthalmology at Gartnavel General Hospital. 

He is one of two Consultants responsible for delivering the Scottish Ocular Oncology Service that is centrally funded by the National Services Division, a division of National Services Scotland, a national NHS Board. This runs in conjunction with and complimentary to his tertiary referral oculoplastics service. His service also delivers general ophthalmology clinics and cataract operating lists.

Vikas is an examiner for the Royal College of Glasgow Fellowship examinations and a faculty member on the ChM Masters programme in Ophthalmology run by the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He also runs an annual ophthalmology course for General Practitioners at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology. He is an active member of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) and successfully organised the annual BOPSS meetings in Edinburgh in 2010 and in Glasgow in 2016.

5: What the heck is a reasonably competent optometrist?? (This sessions is now fully subscribed)

Description: From 1 April 2016, the GOC replaced the existing 'Code of Conduct' with 'Standards of Practice' for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

The standards were designed to make clear what the GOC expects from registrants and ensure consistency including a Duty of Candour of when things go wrong. Each individual practitioner is responsible for their own actions regardless of guidance of an employer or colleague, and standards are set to compare to that of a professional who is deemed to be 'reasonably competent'.

This workshop will discuss what constitutes competence, and help optometrists and dispensing opticians understand the 2016 Standards of Practice. We will cover the current GOC Fitness to Practice process and help registrants understand how complaints to the GOC arise. By participating, those present will gain insight into better recognition of substandard performance and conduct, and when to exercise a duty of candour.

Pam Robertson
Pam is an IP Optometrist who works full time in her own practice. She has also worked for NES and the University of Dundee as a Postgraduate Tutor for 4 years, and is currently in her final year of an MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology at the University of Edinburgh. She has provided assistance to the GOC previously by preparing expert reports in Fitness to Practice cases, and sits on the IP Reference Committee for the College of Optometrists.

David Cummins
David is also an IP Optometrist who works full time in his own practice. He holds an MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology and has also worked as a Registrant Case Examiner with the GOC for the past 18 months. In this time, he has made more than 40 decisions regarding Fitness to Practice cases, and he has experience presenting interactive teaching with NES and the College of Optometrists.

6: Paediatrics - keeping up, keeping it simple

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This discussion workshop will cover several real patient scenarios, illustrating how current evidence in paediatrics can be used to improve the accuracy, quality and efficiency of your management in a primary care setting.

Interactive discussion of common childhood conditions with examples of good and bad practice will feature throughout. The role of published guidelines in supporting referral decisions will also be discussed.

Colin Pettinger
Colin is an IP Optometrist who works in his own community practices in the north of Scotland. He is also a sessional Optometrist in paediatrics at Raigmore Hospital and one of the writing and editing team for the College of Optometrists IP CFA examination. In May this year, he joined the NES team as an Optometry Tutor.

He was among the first UK Optometrists to be awarded the new College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in paediatric eye care in 2017.


Workshop Documents