WOPEC LOCSU training courses are designed to support the implementation of extended primary eye care services in local areas across England. There is a selection of courses available and details can be found in our LOCSU-WOPEC BOOKLET

Eyecare practitioners in England should contact their Local Optometric Committee about obtaining access to LOCSU courses https://www.loc-online.co.uk/

How are the on-line courses accessed?

Practitioners should contact their LOC for the relevant course access code. Once issued with their unique access code, it must be entered into the ‘CODE’ section on the WOPEC website homepage. Learning materials and MCQ will then be available on the practitioner’s account dashboard.

Contact Lens Opticians wishing to take MECS and Glaucoma should contact ABDO.

Are there any costs?

There is no charge to practitioners who wish to undertake the WOPEC on-line courses, provided their LOC is a LOCSU member and contributes to the LOCSU levy. Practical elements or accreditation may have a fee. Contact WOPEC for information.

Peer Discussion events.

WOPEC have created a selection of Peer Review cases that can be delivered locally or regionally by an LOC (who are LOCSU members). Taken from primary eye care practice, cases feature aspects of LOCSU Clinical Pathways, such as Children’s Vision, Integrated Cataract, MECS and Glaucoma Referral Filtering and Monitoring. These sessions may be virtual or attended. Optometrists and dispensing opticians may participate and gain CPD peer review points. Contact your LOC.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Certain professional qualifications allow you to join an extended primary eye care service without the necessity to undertake WOPEC courses and assessments. For example, Prof Cert Glaucoma, or the Independent Provider qualification. Contact your service provider or WOPEC for additional detail.

What next?

Our postgraduate programme of study at Cardiff University has been developed specifically with professionals in mind, providing an opportunity to achieve higher qualifications that will broaden your knowledge which can be used in your day to daywork. This programme is part-time, using an efficient combination of convenient distance learning and ‘hands-on’ skills training. You can study one module at a time or work towards a Certificate, Diploma or masters (MSc). Many modules are accredited by the College of Optometrists for higher professional qualifications, and most are GOC CPD approved.