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Clinical Management Guidelines CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Module outline and aims

The purpose of this module is to enhance your skills in evidence-based clinical decision-making, including advanced ability to use the College of Optometrists’ clinical guidelines and other high level forms of evidence.

This Clinical Management Guidelines course will include on-line as well as face-to-face discussions and tutorials based on hypothetical clinical cases to address a range of topics including:

  • The role of research evidence in eye care
  • Links between evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making
  • Clinical guidelines and their evidence-based application in decision-making

The module is for GOC registered optometrists who are working in community or hospital practice.  Those that are completing the prescribing programme will also benefit from this additional resource focused on the College of Optometrists’ Clinical Management Guidelines.  The module is also suitable for Ophthalmic nurses will wish to improve their knowledge of eye disease and differential diagnosis. The module is fully accredited for CET points.

The module is blended learning – using moodle (City’s online learning environment) to deliver certain parts of the module in addition to face-to-face days.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Critically understand the concept of evidence and its role in clinical decision making
  • Synthesise and critique current practice and clinical research, including making sense of research results
  • Critically understand the links between evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of clinical guidelines relevant to optometry
  • Demonstrate skills in the application of clinical  guidelines in decision-making
  • Appreciate the role and significance of best evidence in ophthalmic practice, and the potential ethical implications of a lack of non-critical approach

Module dates

Term 1

OCT: Wednesday 21 and 22 October 2020



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 practice in the UK
  • You should also be registered with the General Optical Council
  • Overseas optometrists will be accepted on an ad-hoc basis providing your undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist.
  • If applying as an ophthalmic nurse you should have at least 2 years’ experience in ophthalmic nursing and have a relevant first degree (minimum 2.1 or above) or higher level 7/MSc qualification

English requirements

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

  • IELTS: 7.0

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. ...