ESR Open Canvas for Optometrists: Task 1

Closed 5 Nov 2019

Opened 3 Oct 2019

Feedback updated 27 Jul 2020

We asked

We asked the Open Canvas audience to provide feedback on the first task as conducted by the Expert Advisory Group (EAG). 

You said

The general feedback was that Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour applied to all categories, the EAG also agreed with this.

Under the following categories and elements, the Open Canvas feedback suggested:

  • Communication category: Under Communication the elements ‘Attitude' and 'Demeanour’ should read as ‘Professional Conduct’. ‘Breaking Bad News’ and ‘Managing Patient Expectations’ should read as ‘Explaining and Advising’
  • Supporting Others to Develop category: Under this category it was felt by a respondent that the element ‘Teaching’ should read as ‘Teaching and Assessing’
  • ‘Lifelong Learning’ category could incorporate ‘Supporting Others to Develop’
  • Clinical Excellence category should be merged with Clinical Management category
  • A respondent disagreed with the element ‘Entrepreneurship' sitting under Clinical Excellence and felt the name of this element was unsuitable
  • Disagreement with the element ‘Multimodal’ which sits under the Communication category.

We did

We presented the feedback from Open Canvas for Task 1 to the EAG they then decided whether to accept, reject or incorporate the feedback from Open Canvas into the next stage. The EAG feedback can be seen below:

  • Communication category - Under Communication the group decided that:
    • ‘Professional Conduct’ is a more suitable term than ‘Attitude and Demeanour’.
    • ‘Breaking bad news’ and ‘Managing patient expectations’ should fall under an element called ‘Advising the patient’.
  • Supporting Others to Develop category: Under this category the group decided that the element ‘Teaching’ should be ‘Teaching and Contribution to Assessing’
  • The EAG felt that the Lifelong Learning category should be kept as is and should not be merged with Supporting Others to Develop
  • The EAG felt that the ‘Clinical Excellence’ category and the ‘Clinical Management’ category should not be merged.
  • The element ‘Entrepreneurship’ (under Clinical Excellence) should read as ‘Innovation’ instead and the EAG decided against the use of ‘Multimodal’ as an element under the Communication category.  

We continue to invite you to relay to your stakeholders that the ESR Open Canvas is a platform open to the thoughts of all interested parties as we continue to develop the ESR.


The ESR Open Canvas is a forum for interested stakeholders to respond and participate in the work of the GOC’s ESR Expert Advisory Groups. The thoughts generated in this space will feed into our work on the ESR.

All individuals participating in the forum do so without anonymity and on the basis that their views will be used to develop our work on the ESR. We will be publishing authors’ names and their responses. The Open Canvas is a forum for you to give us your views as our workstreams develop.

Why your views matter

We want to make our development processes as transparent and inclusive as possible. We are using the ESR Canvas as a forum to publish the working documents produced within our Expert Advisory Groups and provide an opportunity for contributors to feed their thoughts into the work of the ESR.