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Conference - Delivering Leading-edge Ophthalmic Nursing

Delivering Leading-edge Ophthalmic Nursing

Duration: 1 Day
Start Time: 09:00 - End Time: 16:00
CPD Hours: 7

Conference Overview

The 8th annual national Ophthalmic Nursing conference venue is within walking distance to the small historic city centre, Cathedral and Castle. Durham has excellent rail links to the UK and there are two airports (Newcastle and Durham Tees) nearby. There is also ample car parking at the venue.

The primary national event for Ophthalmic Nursing and allied professionals working in ophthalmology.

Conference Content

Chair Jayne Bradley, Business Manager for Eye Research & Specialist Nurse for Ophthalmology, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital Trust


Advancing the professional clinical boundaries in the leadership of Ophthalmology services

  • Retrospective study of the experience of an Ophthalmic Allied Health Professional leading and developing a team of nurses
  • Implications for cross professional boundary working
  • Challenges and benefits faced
  • Milestones achieved after 12 months
  • Recommendations for future practice

Rosalyn Painter, Clinical Manager and Rebecca Turner, Nurse Consultant, Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


The development of non-registered staff in the Ophthalmic setting, a new innovation in practice

  • Globally there is a Lack of defined career pathways and associated training needs for non-registered staff
  • Due to capacity and demands, there has been noticeable need in up-skilling healthcare assistants and technicians to perform skills previously undertaken by ophthalmic nurses
  • Audits surrounding the provision of educational provision for this professional group provide reassurance that there is ophthalmic competence and the quality is of a high standard
  • Opportunities and challenges for future healthcare and findings from research study

Anjali Praveen, Clinical Educator, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Teaching Fellow, University College London, Department of Clinical Ophthalmology


Ophthalmic Nursing education: The student's experience at University

  • Ophthalmic nursing education, learning outcomes and how students are assessed both in theory and in practice, and its impact on patient care
  • University of West London and its impact on my learning experiences
  • Shared learning with my peers through seminars and Blackboard discussion forum
  • Mentoring and team support in practice to help me develop and progress
  • Other students views about the course and why we study as a group

Ramona Lichi, Ophthalmic Nursing Student, University of West London, Staff Nurse, Royal Eye Unit, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Innovation in theatre: Subtenon practitioners at Moorfields Eye Hospital

  • Adopting new innovative roles - changing the way we manage complexities in healthcare
  • Many nurses and operating department practitioners (ODP) are motivated to learn and engage in higher levels of patient care
  • Extending the role of nurses and ODPs through a combination of training and supervised practice
  • Improving theatre efficiency
  • Advantages of the role: financial and non-financial

Emma Gregg, Theatre Sister, Moorfields Eye Hospital at Bedford and Louise Pratley, Senior Nurse Anaesthetics and Scrub, Moorfields Eye Hospital, City Road


How do we make sure all those affected by sight loss get the help and support they need? Practical and Emotional Support for people affected by Sight loss – the role of the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO)

  • Sight loss statistics – how many people have sight loss, common eye conditions, the national picture of support
  • Common issues faced by people with sight loss
  • The role of the ECLO, and how they meet the needs of people affected by sight loss
  • ECLO Quality Framework and Practice Guidelines
  • NHS Accessible Information Act – how to make information accessible to people with sight loss

Mrs Stevie Johnson, Clinical Lead, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)


Look before you leap - a review of periocular lesions

  • A review of periocular lesions
  • What do skin cancers look like?
  • What are the features of benign lesions?
  • Who should be referred?

Claire Elizabeth Morton, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, North Wales


Dry eye after refractive lens exchange surgery (RLE)

  • Ophthalmic surgery can increase dry eye signs and symptoms, perhaps due to corneal incisions and the effects on corneal nerves, light from operating microscopes, the agents used during and after surgery, induced inflammation and other factors
  • Pre-operative dry eye can also impact on the accuracy of biometric measures and can therefore affect post operative outcomes and patient satisfaction
  • Use of newer technologies to assess dry eye metrics may be useful in monitoring and better managing patients pre and post-operatively
  • Latest thinking on the associations between dry eye and ophthalmic surgery and new clinical and laboratory-based research being undertaken at a UK hospital group, exploring the cause and effect aspects of this issue

Dr Clare O'Donnell, Head of Eye Sciences, Optegra Eye Healthcare, Reader Aston University, Honorary Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester


Eating for eye health - myth busting

  • The connection between lifestyle, diet and eye disease
  • What you would need to take to ‘feed your eyes’
  • Who would benefit most from our advice

Professor Chris Purslow, Head of Medical Affairs, Optometrist, Thea UK & Ireland


Adjustable Spectacles: What defines development?

  • Recognising the problems of the overstretched ophthalmology services in the UK
  • Zambia: How nurses enabled a different three point approach
  • Adjustable Focus Eyewear: what is it and where did the idea come from?
  • The regulation and sale of spectacles in the UK
  • What can we take from this and could we adapt aspects of the Zambian model here in the UK?

Lynne Hadley, Ophthalmology Matron, Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust and President – International Ophthalmic Nurses Association

Conference Aims and Outcomes

HOW TO FIND THE VENUE: Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

Set along the scenic River Wear, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham places you in the heart of the charming city centre. Within walking distance of Durham’s many natural and historical attractions, and enjoy idyllic views from your hotel room.


You can get to Durham easily by train

• 2hrs 50mins from London

• 1hrs 40mins from Edinburgh

• 2hrs from Manchester


If you’re travelling by car, there are major motorways nearby.

There are also 2 airports, within a 45-minute drive.


Nearby transport:

• Durham Railway Station - 10 minute walk

• Newcastle International Airport - 40 km

• Durham Tees Valley Airport- 47 km


Driving directions to the hotel:

Take Junction 62 off the A1(M), and follow the signs to Durham city centre along the A690. After crossing the River Wear, stay in the left-hand lane and turn left at the traffic lights. Take the first immediate left to Framwellgate Waterside. The hotel is on the left.

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