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Registration Opens
7:00 am

Please follow the signs for parking and ensure you go to the registration in the grand marquee.  You will need to register to get your lanyard and pass.  Your pass will have your schedule on for the day and a barcode that you will need to scan into each session.  Please scan into every session – or you will not receive your certificate and points for the session.

Welcome Message
8:00 am

We are thrilled to welcome you back to
HG SPA 2024. 
If you have not been before you are in for a treat! This year we have themed the day with lots of fun filled entertainment to keep both your brains and bodies active. 
We look forward to Sharing, Progressing and Achieving with you!
See you at HG SPA.

8:45am   Sessions

Hear Hear! Join the Debate Team in the Fitness to Practice Committee!
8:45 am
Peter Charlesworth, Adrian Street
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Dispensing Opticians (DO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Diagnostic Insights with Multimodal Imaging
8:45 am
Simon Browning
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Independent Prescribers (IP)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Observing, Solving and Collaborating on Dry Eye: OSCE’s with a Difference!
8:45 am
Mandy Davidson
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO),  Contact Lens Opticians (CLO),  Independent Prescribers (IP)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Dispensing Opticians (DO), Contact Lens Opticians (CLO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
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10:00am  Sessions

A Match Made in Heaven
10:00 am
Paul Hopkins
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Dispensing Opticians (DO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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IP Peer Review Session
10:00 am
Marc Drake, Helen Tilley
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Independent Prescribers (IP)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Exploring the Benefits of Mini-Scleral Lenses
10:00 am
Ian Sexton
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Contact Lens Opticians (CLO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Retinal Lesions Lecture and Discussion
10:00 am
Peter Charlesworth
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
More Details ...
Break
11:00 am

11:30am  Sessions

Making Facial Measurements a Reality
11:30 am
Dr Alicia Thompson
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Dispensing Opticians (DO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Contact Lenses and Patient Management
11:30 am
Jim Dickson
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Contact Lens Opticians (CLO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Emergency Eyecare Escape Rooms
11:30 am
Dr Keyur Patel, Alan Hawrami
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Independent Prescribers (IP)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Only Connect-ing Eyes & Ears
11:30 am
Amplify Guest, Dr Samantha Strong
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: No
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Lunch
1:00 pm

2:15pm  Sessions

Real or No Real: Crash Course in Evidence-based Practice
2:15 pm
Dr Emyr Bakker, Dr Neil Cook
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Dispensing Opticians (DO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Surface Technology and Comfortable Contact Lens Wear – Lubricity Demonstration
2:15 am
Buki Anthony
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Contact Lens Opticians (CLO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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HOYA - Optical and Non-Optical All sorts
2:15 pm
Andrew Sanders
  • Roles Involved:  Optometrists (OO),  Dispensing Opticians (DO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Glaucoma – The Wheel of Misfortune
2:15 pm
Danielle Lee
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Independent Prescribers (IP)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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3:30pm  Sessions

Bring all the Pieces of Pie Together -  Trivial Pursuit Visual Fields
3:30 pm
Polly Dulley
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Dispensing Opticians (DO), Contact Lens Opticians (CLO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Weird and Wonderful - Bring your own Case Peer Discussion
3:30 pm
Rupal Lovell-Patel
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Dispensing Opticians (DO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Soft Custom Contact Lenses –  Last Resort or Panacea?
3:30 pm
Jim Dickson
  • Roles Involved:  Optometrists (OO), Contact Lens Opticians (CLO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Not a Dry Eye in the House
3:30 pm
Dr Keyur Patel, Alan Hawrami
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Independent Prescribers (IP)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Break
4:30 pm

5:00pm  Sessions

Technology to Support Ocular and Systemic Disease Diagnosis and Management
5:00 pm
Danielle Lee
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO),  Independent Prescribers (IP)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Practice Fortunes
5:00 pm
Gillian Twyning, Dr Laura Knowles, Paul Newell
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Dispensing Opticians (DO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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DO Today, Tomorrow the World!  Opportunity Knocks!!
5:00 pm
Alexander Webster, Dean Dunning
  • Roles Involved:  Dispensing Opticians (DO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Mind and Eyes of Teenagers
5:00  pm
Dr Byki Huntjens, Dr Patrick Van Veen
  • Roles Involved: Optometrists (OO), Contact Lens Opticians (CLO)
  • Available for Continuing Education (CE): Yes
  • Facilitator Needed: Yes
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Close
6:00 pm

7:00pm  Evening Sessions

Evening Sessions
7:00  pm
  • Dinner Included

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Directions to the Venue

Literally situated in the heart of England, there is no Midlands event and conferencing centre easier to access than the Heart of England.
By Road
Situated just outside Meriden in Warwickshire, the Heart of England events and conferencing venue is within easy access to all major road networks.
Birmingham NEC and Birmingham Airport and train station.
8 minutes to M6, M42 and A45 road networks
30 minutes to M1 or M40
18 minutes from Coventry city centre
18 minutes from Solihull shopping centre
SAT NAV post code – CV7 8DX

Rail
Location connections to all major rail routes, we’re just a taxi ride away from a number of busy train lines.

10 minutes from Birmingham International Station
15 minutes from Coleshill Parkway
25 minutes from Warwick Parkway
30 minutes from Rugby train station
10 minutes from Berkswell train station
Air
10 minutes from Birmingham International Airport


Meriden Road, Coventry, CV7 8DX
01676 540333

See Map Below 

Does the venue offer onsite parking?

Set in the Heart of the Midlands, with easy access to major motorways and only a short drive from Birmingham International Airport and Rail Station, the Heart of England is a great central meeting place.
On site Parking spaces 200

Does the venue offer accommodation?

At The Heart of England, we pride ourselves on putting customers and guests at the heart of everything we do.
Set in stunning Warwickshire countryside, we have a choice of hotel and outdoor accommodation.

OLD HALL HOUSE HOTEL COVENTRY
Old Hall House is a stunning 16th Century boutique country house bed & breakfast with an AA 4* rating.
It is set in the extensive grounds of The Heart of England Conference and Events Centre which includes park, picturesque lake and medieval woodland so there is plenty of space to stretch those legs and explore.

SHEPHERD HUTS, GLAMPING PODS AND LOG CABIN
If you like the more quirky, we offer an array of alternative accommodation including 5 Shepherd Huts,
Log Cabin and Glamping Pods.

What sessions are suitable for me?

Number of Sessions Suitable for:
• 15 Dispensing Opticians
• 24 Optometrists
• 7 Contact Lens Opticians
• 5 IP Optometrists

What are the types of sessions?

Session Type and Availability:
• Peer Review: 4 sessions
• Discussion Workshops: 10 sessions
• Skills Workshops: 4 sessions
• Lectures: 7 sessions
• Sessions are subject to GOC approvals (pending)

How many points are available for Optometrists?

There are 63 points available.

This doesn’t include the supplier exhibition treasure trail where you will find even more points up for grabs! Points subject to GOC approval.

How many points are available for IP Optometrists?

There are 29 points available.

This doesn’t include the supplier exhibition treasure trail where you will find even more points up for grabs! Points subject to GOC approval.

How many points are available for Dispensing Opticians?

There are 15 points available.

This doesn’t include the supplier exhibition treasure trail where you will find even more points up for grabs! Points subject to GOC approval.

How many points are available for Contact Lens Opticians?

There are 22 points available.

This doesn’t include the supplier exhibition treasure trail where you will find even more points up for grabs! Points subject to GOC approval.

Are you willing to be a Facilitator?

If you would be interested to support the session with facilitating please let us know. Facilitating does not involved teaching, but rather guiding the conversations to ensure the learning outcomes are achieved. Full training will be provided for those wishing to add facilitation to their repertoire!
Please select yes for 'willing to facilitate' option during ticket selection. Thank you for your support with HG SPA.

How much are tickets?

Ticket prices are:
• Optometrists: £100 (including IP Optometrists) • Dispensing Opticians: £50 (including CLOs)

What to look for at the Social Media Station

Join us at the Social Media Station for your social media images and interviews. We have props and cameras at your disposal and prizes up for grabs for the best social media posts! Go on - take your best shot!

What is the Treasure Trail?

Work your way around the supplier exhibition and gain CPD points along the way - Fun and games to be had and prizes up for grab! enjoy the entertainment on offer!

Have a question that's not been answered?

Please email the PAG team inbox, PAG@hakimgroup.co.uk We are more than happy to answer any queries!

Venue location: Meriden Road, Coventry, CV7 8DX