Date & Time

Saturday, 12 Jan

13:00 - 14:00

Location

Main Stage

Description

At 100% Optical in 2018 Doug Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, gave his analysis of the disruptive change facing optometry and outlined his vision for optometrists to become the GP of the eyes. And he spoke about the need to change optometry for good through a ‘dream partnership’ of ophthalmologists and optometrists working together in the community to provide high quality eye care to patients.
This year Giles Edmonds, clinical services director at Specsavers, will provide an updated analysis of the increasing threats to optometry, the barriers to change and what needs to be done right now before it's too late.

Giles will be followed by Darshak Shah, Newmedica managing director, who will outline how, with patient-centred care, good governance and collaborative working the ‘dream partnership’ is becoming a reality for all optometrists, regardless of where they practise and of the patients they serve.

Finally, delegates will hear from consultant ophthalmologist and Newmedica clinical director, Nigel Kirkpatrick, who will bring the partnership between ophthalmology and optometry to life with specific reference to the work undertaken in various locations throughout the UK. He will reflect on his own experiences to promote a vision for the future that includes communication, governance, technological infrastructure and collaboration between community practice and ophthalmology.

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