About this event

  • Date and time Wed 24 Jun 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare

This 45 minute webinar will explain the current concerns that patients and the public have regarding eyecare and how to access help through primary health and eye are settings through to secondary and social care access. A broad list of topics to be covered are:

  • What’s available in the community
  • What’s available in secondary care
  • The possible effects on those with vision problems for now and the future
    Signposting by professionals and the Importance of getting help and how to obtain it
  • Continuing with eyedrops and medications and continued monitoring of chronic eye problems
  • What are the likely effects on the VI community

 A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with CPD credit(s) will be issued to those joining the webinar live. Certificates of attendance for CPD will be automatically issued after 7 days, but only where a delegate watches the webinar live in its entirety. 

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Key speakers

Bob Hutchinson

CEO of Primary Health Net Ltd and Editor of Opchat News and Mylocaloptician 

Speaker's biography

Mr Robert Hutchinson is a retired optometrist, working for 35 years in both community and hospital settings, he is a CEO of Primary Health Net Ltd providing a knowledge web resource to the optometric community used by over 7500 professionals at www.primaryhealthnet.com as well as also hosting a public eye care and eye wear website visited by over 30,000 people each month at www.mylocaloptician.co.uk.

Through his Eros Business Consulting management company, he advises on primary care issues to CCGs and LPNs as well as to industry and optical practices using his background knowledge in strategic and knowledge management.  

He has assisted in the creation of several practice management systems including the provision of indicators within these systems to alert staff to poor NHS adherence in practice and the measurement of outcomes.

He has held office in the General Optical Council, the College of Optometrists and the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians, helped create the university optometric course in Cambridge at Anglia Ruskin and co-wrote the HMRC business brief on Full Cost Apportionment of VAT on spectacle and contact lens dispensing. 

He also advises the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers on membership issues, being a liveryman of the company and past court assistant. 

His long-held view is that ‘Primary Care works best when it works together across professional boundaries’.

Mr Phil Ambler

Director, Evidence and Policy

Speaker's biography

Phil Ambler is Director, Evidence and Policy, Thomas Pocklington Trust and provides the operational lead for the England Vision Strategy Committee in delivering the England Vision Strategy through partnership working. Phil has been in the eye health and sight loss sector for almost a decade having worked for the UK Vision Strategy prior to his role with TPT. Phil currently chairs the Vision UK Early Intervention and Enablement Committee and is also Chair, DWP Access to Work Forum as well as being a Trustee for London Vision.

Phil has worked for a number of organisations previously including the Workers' Educational Association and the British Broadcasting Corporation. Phil has also been a Trustee for Healthwatch Hounslow.

Dr Waqaar Shah

General Practitioner, with a specialist interest in eye health


View the programme 08 June 2020

Webinar sign-in
Welcome and introduction

Bob Hutchinson, Immediate Past President, General Practice and Primary Care Section, Royal Society of Medicine, CEO of Primary Health Net Ltd and Editor of Opchat News and Mylocaloptician 

Panel Discussion

Waqaar Shah, GP with special interest in ophthalmology

Bob Hutchinson 

Paul Ursell, Consultant Ophthalmologist 

Phil Ambler, Director, Evidence and Policy, Thomas Pocklington Trust

Interactive question and answer session

All panel members

Closing remarks

Bob Hutchinson



*Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM. 

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.