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Due to COVID-19 pandemic, RCOphth is continuing to review how we may provide educational and training courses during this time, both online and with physical events at our office in Euston, London. View our response to the pandemic here COVID-19 Clinical management and guidance.

For updates on webinars, seminars and skills courses available, please visit the respective pages or view the listings below.

Course, seminars and webinars

Emergency eye care – 14.00 – 16.00 24 September 2021

Sep 24
2021

Location: Via Zoom

Description: Firstly, Emergency Eye Care services are pivotal to the provision of overall ophthalmic care. Eye Casualty is where many patients' first contact with ophthalmic services occurs, and is the filter for many patients who require further care. The ever-increasing demands on the NHS are well documented. This webinar considers how Emergency Eye Care services can adapt to meet these challenges, and serve all the stakeholders well? Secondly, no matter what our place is in the eye care landscape, we may all encounter patients requiring urgent ophthalmic care (not least as some senior clinicians were redeployed to Eye Casualties at the start of the pandemic). A clinical primer on emergency eye conditions is a valuable chance to learn or revisit what we all should know.

Places Available: 64

Narrow Angles, Lens Extraction & Laser Iridotomy 27 Sept

Sep 27
2021

Location: Via Zoom

Description: This webinar provides an evidence-based re-appraisal of the management of primary angle-closure disease in the UK. Representatives of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists guidelines development group will provide an overview of the methods, results and a discussion of implications. The webinar runs from 18.00 - 19.30.

Places Available: 68

Ocular oncology demystified seminar – 30 September 2021

Sep 30
2021

Location: London

Description: This seminar is being organised in the memory of Ms Victoria Cohen. Chaired by Mr Vikas Chadha, Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology and Gartnavel General Hospital Glasgow & Professor Mandeep Sagoo, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital. This seminar will cover a wide range of topics and will include guest lectures from Professor Carol Karp from the Bascom  Palmer Eye Institute in Miami and Professor Carol Shields from the Wills Eye Hospital & Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. The event will be in person and live streamed.

Places Available: 38

Ocular Trauma – 8 October 2021

Oct 8
2021

Location: London

Description: The ocular trauma course is a practical course which will focus on the management of complex corneal lacerations, iris trauma, corneo-scleral  lacerations, globe rupture, lid laceration and canalicular repair. This will be a “hands on” course with the emphasis on practicing surgical techniques and interactive small group teaching, rather than didactic lectures. The course is aimed at Ophthalmologists who provide surgical on-call services such as ST5-7 trainees, Fellows and Consultants.

Places Available: Fully Booked

IOL Fixation Course – 11 October 2021

Oct 11
2021

Location: London

Description: IOL Fixation without an intact capsular bag or adequate capsule support - a practical course which will cover a wide variety of IOL fixation techniques including iris clipped IOLs, sutured IOLs and scleral tunnel fixation. The content will be delivered using surgical videos and wet lab components.  This course is aimed mainly at consultants and very senior trainees.

Places Available: Fully Booked

Infectious Uveitis seminar – 13 October 2021

Oct 13
2021

Location: Manchester

Description: This seminar will explore clinical practice and research in Infectious Uveitis. In this field making a rapid, accurate diagnosis is essential to starting specific treatment and making the difference between good outcome or not. Experienced expert speakers will discuss intra-ocular pathogens encountered in the UK and globally, presenting clinical aspects and informative research. Viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites are all covered, including when and where to seek interdisciplinary working. Topically, the ocular effects of COVID-19 are included, as will a survey of the link between infection and autoimmunity with respect to the eye. The Infectious Uveitis seminar is aimed at any ophthalmologist who sees uveitis patients; in uveitis clinics, in medical retina clinics, in emergency or general ophthalmic care. Ophthalmologists in training, consultant and SAS ophthalmologists are all welcome, as well as delegates from overseas.

Places Available: 76

Introduction to Ophthalmic Surgery course – 14 October 2021

Oct 14
2021

Location: London

Description: This course is designed to serve as an introduction to ophthalmic surgery and will offer an opportunity for trainees to learn some of the core skills that form the building blocks of ophthalmic surgery. The focus will be on hands-on practical experience with only short introductions to each topic and at least 5 hours of simulated surgery using the latest model eyes. The course is open to Foundation Doctors, Medical students, Overseas Doctors, in fact anyone who is considering a career in ophthalmology.

Places Available: Fully Booked

Introduction to Ophthalmic Surgery course – 15 October 2021

Oct 15
2021

Location: London

Description: This course is designed to serve as an introduction to ophthalmic surgery and will offer an opportunity for trainees to learn some of the core skills that form the building blocks of ophthalmic surgery. The focus will be on hands-on practical experience with only short introductions to each topic and at least 5 hours of simulated surgery using the latest model eyes. The course is open to Foundation Doctors, Medical students, Overseas Doctors, in fact anyone who is considering a career in ophthalmology.

Places Available: Fully Booked

Training the Trainers for Trainees 19 October 2021

Oct 19
2021

Location: Zoom

Description: “Teaching & Enhancing Learning” will help teachers and trainers develop a variety of  educational skills that will engage fellow trainees and trainers and help them learn efficiently  and effectively.  This course uses a blend of independent preparatory learning with intensively-facilitated  practical sessions on the day. Delegates will learn to understand the needs of learners and tools utilised in teaching, and  how to apply them. These tools include:  • Understanding learners’ needs  • Techniques to enhance the value of teaching  • Tailoring teaching to the learners  • Setting aims and objectives  • Designing a teaching session  • Teaching practical skills, including surgery  • Evaluation and feedback  By attending the course delegates will take part in multiple intensively-facilitated small group practical sessions during which they will fine-tune their skills to apply these tools. Domains covered from “GMC Approval of Trainers”  2. Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning  3. Teaching and facilitating learning  7. Continuing professional development as an Educator

Places Available: Fully Booked

Retinal Vein Occlusion Guidelines 2021 – 1-2pm 26 Oct

Oct 26
2021

Location: Via Zoom

Description: The Retinal Vein Occlusion Guidelines 2021 webinar details the updated management of retinal vein occlusion. This free hour-long webinar will include the epidemiology and investigations, but emphasis will be made on the impact of new imaging modalities and detailed discussions surrounding the use of intravitreal agents and the impact on the management of patients with retinal vein occlusion. We invite all ophthalmologists, clinicians and allied health professionals involved in eye care to join us as we take a deeper dive into the management of retinal vein occlusion. Panel include Professor Sobha Sivaprasad, Stephen J Talks and Luke Nicholson.

Places Available: 85

Glaucoma Surgery in 2021 – 13.00 – 16.30 29 October 2021

Oct 29
2021

Location: Via Zoom

Description: This online webinar will take place between 13.00 - 16.00

Places Available: 96

Introduction to Ophthalmic Surgery course – 4 November 2021

Nov 4
2021

Location: London

Description: This course is designed to serve as an introduction to ophthalmic surgery and will offer an opportunity for trainees to learn some of the core skills that form the building blocks of ophthalmic surgery. The focus will be on hands-on practical experience with only short introductions to each topic and at least 5 hours of simulated surgery using the latest model eyes. The course is open to Foundation Doctors, Medical students, Overseas Doctors, in fact anyone who is considering a career in ophthalmology.

Places Available: Fully Booked

Modern approach in Vitreoretinal surgery – 4 November 2021

Nov 4
2021

Location: Via Zoom

Description: This course is ideal for optometrists, nurses, fellows and surgeons who are looking to update their knowledge on common aspects of Vitreoretinal surgery. We will discuss the major issues in the management of the macula in RRD repair, macular hole surgery, timing of vitrectomy in diabetic tractional retinal detachment, trauma, uveitis and complications of cataract surgery. This course aims to provide insights to the frequent questions that arise in daily clinical practice. Chaired by Tom Williamson and Anna Grabowska. The course will  take place via Zoom from 10.00 - 14.15.

Places Available: 76

Training the Trainers for Supervisors – 5 November 2021

Nov 5
2021

Location: Zoom

Description: "The Trainee in Difficulty"  This course will help Trainers develop skills to manage trainees in or heading for difficulty.  It will show how existing tools can be adapted to help, and give practice in the use of appropriate conversation techniques to achieve positive outcomes for training. It is suitable for doctors of ST7 and above, but especially those in training roles (eg:  Clinical and Educational Supervisors, College Tutors, TPDs, RAs HoSs). The course uses a blend of independent preparatory learning with intensively-facilitated practical sessions on the day.  Pre-recorded lectures and preparatory work (taking about 3 hours) must be completed beforehand to support the small-group work.

Places Available: Fully Booked

Introduction to Ophthalmic Surgery course – 5 November 2021

Nov 5
2021

Location: London

Description: This course is designed to serve as an introduction to ophthalmic surgery and will offer an opportunity for trainees to learn some of the core skills that form the building blocks of ophthalmic surgery. The focus will be on hands-on practical experience with only short introductions to each topic and at least 5 hours of simulated surgery using the latest model eyes. The course is open to Foundation Doctors, Medical students, Overseas Doctors, in fact anyone who is considering a career in ophthalmology.

Places Available: Fully Booked

New Consultants Course – 15 and 16 November 2021

Nov 15
2021

Location: Zoom

Description: The College is pleased to announce the programme for the 2021 New Consultants Course. As in previous years the course will be chaired by Anna Maino, Consultant at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and RCOphth New Consultants Lead. The College is aware of the gap between knowledge acquired during training and the daily demands on consultants and this course is aimed to address this. The course will ease the transition to your new role and it will provide you with a number of skills, which you will use on a daily basis. Due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation, this year’s course will again be delivered remotely and will consist of 4 modules, delivered over 2 days. Topics covered include how to deal with complaints, job planning, how to write a business case, leadership and resilience. There will also be sessions on how to set up a private practice, pension issues and a final Q and A session. This year’s course will take place REMOTELY on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 November 2021.

Places Available: 22

SAS 12th National Eye Meeting – 19 November 2021

Nov 19
2021

Location: London

Description:

Places Available: 36

Cataract Surgery Complications – 23 November 2021

Nov 23
2021

Location: London

Description: This course will focus on the practical management of posterior capsule rupture and zonular dialysis. This will be a “hands on” course with the emphasis on practicing anterior vitrectomy techniques, the use of capsular tension rings, capsule hooks and sulcus IOL implantation. There will also be interactive small group teaching on how to prevent surgical complications during phacoemulsification surgery.

Places Available: Fully Booked

Ultrasound Seminar – 24 November 2021

Nov 24
2021

Location: London

Description: This one day course, introduces the basic training in ophthalmic ultrasound. The course provides opportunity to conduct “hand-on-hand” supervised scanning on volunteers. It is suitable for all grades of ophthalmologists and allied professions. The faculties on the course are: Mr Hatem Atta, Mr Tarek El Kashab and Dr Peter Good.

Places Available: Fully Booked

Oculoplastics Curriculum Based Course – 2 & 3 December 2021

Dec 2
2021

Location: London

Description: A two day interactive course combining lectures and practical work. This is a curriculum based course focusing on the needs of trainees. The aim is to develop the principles of oculoplastic surgery from which to build upon in your clinical practice. A number of novel models are used to support the teaching. Pigs heads are utilised to practice some of the procedures. The facilitators will not sign off portfolio competencies.

Places Available: 7

Primary Care Ophthalmology – 3 December 2021

Dec 3
2021

Location: London

Description: This session chaired by Miss Stella Hornby & Miss Rajni Jain will cover topics relevant for continuing professional development for general ophthalmologists, GPs with a special interest in ophthalmology and Optometrists with an extended role. There will be a mixture of relevant CPD on clinical practical ophthalmology as well as on elective transformation of patient pathways. Clinical topics this year will include updates watery eyes, the vitreoretinal interface, and how to diagnose optic neuritis.  We will also cover the NHS Transformation Project for Ophthalmology, use of artificial intelligence in cataract follow ups & prioritisation. We will round the day off with a series of interesting cases - the ever popular ‘Hornby’s Odd Ball Eye Cases’. The style will be friendly and interactive and would be relevant to any doctor (trainee or not) and/ or optometrist who sees general ophthalmology patients in a community or hospital setting and delegates will be encouraged to join in the discussion with questions or comments from their own experience. There is good opportunity for networking in the coffee and lunch breaks. This seminar will be held live. If government rules change, it will be converted to online.

Places Available: 40

Avoiding complications in Ocular surgery – 6 Dec 2021

Dec 6
2021

Location: London

Description: In this 1-day seminar, we will hear from experts regarding the issues behind providing a safe approach to address complexity and avoid complications in ocular surgery. This will include an exploration of human factors, non-technical and technical skills, and discussion regarding the role of rehearsal and simulation, and evidence of effective strategies which you can integrate into your own department. Such topics will be further developed through insights from guest speakers from the world of aviation and sports. Please join us in person if you can. The event will be live-streamed for further delegates when the maximum in-person capacity for the College has been reached, so book your place early!

Places Available: 25

Avoiding Complications in Ocular Surgery 6 December VIRTUAL

Dec 6
2021

Location: Online via Zoom

Description: In this 1-day seminar, we will hear from experts regarding the issues behind providing a safe approach to address complexity and avoid complications in ocular surgery. This will include an exploration of human factors, non-technical and technical skills, and discussion regarding the role of rehearsal and simulation, and evidence of effective strategies which you can integrate into your own department. Such topics will be further developed through insights from guest speakers from the world of aviation and sports. This is a live-stream of the in-person event hosted at the College.

Places Available: 99

Inherited retinal diseases – bench, beside & beyond 15 Dec

Dec 15
2021

Location: London

Description:

Places Available: 40

All you need to know about refractive surgery – 9 March 2022

Mar 9
2022

Location: London

Description:

Places Available: 39

All you need to know about cataract surgery 10 March 2022

Mar 10
2022

Location: London

Description:

Places Available: 40