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Free CPD for dispensing opticians in England

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is offering dispensing opticians in England one free point towards their Continuous Professional Development (CPD).  

CPD is a statutory requirement for all fully qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians. It’s essential to make sure eye care professionals keep their training up-to-date and develop new skills in order to practise safely and protect their patients. 

Dispensing opticians in England can sign up to one of three free CPD sessions, run by NHSBSA's clinical advisors this November and December. Each virtual session will provide one CPD point under the leadership and accountability domain.  

Each session will cover the appropriate use of re-test codes and the frequency of sight test recalls. The clinical advisors, who support the NHSBSA’s Provider Assurance service, will use specific case studies during the event to demonstrate appropriate claiming across different patient circumstances.  

Omar Hassan, Senior Clinical Advisor at the NHSBSA said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer CPD sessions. Our aim is to provide guidance dispensing opticians will be able to apply in their everyday practice.” 

Dispensing opticians can sign up to one of the events online by selecting the date they’re interested in from the calendar. Each session will last one hour.

Contact Information

Samantha Murphy

Media and Campaigns Officer

NHS Business Services Authority

Notes to editors

  • Sessions will run on Monday 14 November 2022 at 7pm, Monday 5 December 2022 at 12:30pm, and Tuesday 13 December 2022 at 8:30am. 
  • The CPD point is pre-approved and is not a self-directed point.  
  • The sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams – attendees will receive a joining link by email.  
  • More information is available on the NHSBSA’s website