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Critical Thinking in Ophthalmic Practice CPPD

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Course overview

Module outline and aims

The purpose of this module is to:

Extend the ophthalmic practitioner’s critical thinking skills as applied to ophthalmic practice. .

Increase the ophthalmic practitioner’s awareness of the need for critical thinking as a basis for clinical decision-making.

Content outline

This module will include on-line discussions as well as face-to-face discussions and tutorials on a range of topics including:

  • The concept of critical thinking
  • The role of critical thinking in eye care
  • Links between critical thinking, evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making in ophthalmic practice
  • Strategies for critical thinking
  • Barriers to critical thinking, and overcoming these in practice

Dates: TBC

This module is not running again in the current academic year. New dates will be available in August of 2019. Please register your interest to be contacted.



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • You should normally be a UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practise in the UK
  • You should also be registered with the General Optical Council
  • Overseas optometrists/ Medical Practitioners will be accepted on an ad hoc basis providing your undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist/Medical Practitioner.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Module leaders

  • Dr Catherine Suttle

    Catherine is an optometrist who joined City University London in 2013, having previously worked at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

    Catherine studied dispensing optics by correspondence at City College, graduating in 1980. She then enrolled at City University London as an Optometry student, and graduated in 1992. ...