St Thomas’ Laser Workshop 2022

This two-yearly, comprehensive and intensive one day practical course on laser techniques for Ophthalmologists was held on Saturday 26th November 2022.

The meeting started with laser safety training by an accredited Radiation Safety Physicist which provided laser safety certification, now a CQC requirement for all NHS clinicians providing laser care. This was followed by practical talks covering all current NHS outpatient and surgical laser procedures in the morning session, with talks supported by evidence from landmark trials, RCOphth guidelines and NICE guidance. There was also a demonstration of the ‘Quality Improvement of Laser Treatment (QUILT)’ simulator, a novel laser photocoagulation simulator, and the opportunity to try this out in the afternoon session.

The afternoon session was devoted to practical workshop stations led by senior St Thomas’ Ophthalmic faculty. Simulation aids, including RetiEYE for posterior segment laser and SimulEYE for anterior segment laser, were used to provide more realistic training.

SimulEye – Nd:YAG, LPI, SLT
SimulEYE stand

Refreshments were provided throughout the day. This course is eligible for 7.25 CPD points for the full workshop.

Feedback was very positive with all delegates saying they would recommend the course and awarding it a score of 4.8 out of 5 overall

The informal delivery by a friendly faculty made the whole thing very enjoyable”

“Inspiring speakers and very concise information given”

“Very knowledgeable and imparted information clearly”

“Great to be able to practice with direct feedback

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