Message from Optometry Scotland: Ongoing Provision of Essential Eyecare Services

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26 March 2020
Source: Optometry Scotland

Dated 25/03/2020 Last Friday, the Scottish Government offered to maintain the structure and integrity of community eyecare in Scotland by providing each practice with average GOS payments. This was further enhanced by the provision of additional payments for emergency and enhanced services. Last night, SGHD secured the Cabinet Secretary for Health’s agreement in permitting community optometry practices to remain open

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Third Force News: Four charities have called for enhanced investment in education to be made by the Scottish Government

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5 February 2020
Source: Third Force News

A call for urgent action in the Scottish Government’s budget to provide better support for disabled pupils has been made by charities that help young people with additional support needs. The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition, the National Deaf Children’s Society, the National Autistic Society Scotland, and Royal Blind are campaigning for improved access to specialist support. The charities are calling

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See Hear strategy review. Input needed from national and local 3rd sector organisations in Scotland

21 October 2019
Source: The Health and Social Care Alliance (the ALLIANCE)

The See Hear strategy is a strategic framework for meeting the needs of people with a sensory impairment across Scotland. The strategy enshrines the rights of children and adults living with a sensory impairment to expect the seamless provision of assessment, care and support and the same access to employment, education, leisure, healthcare and social care as everyone else. The

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Scottish National Transport Strategy open for consultation

16 August 2019
Source: Transport Scotland

The National Transport Strategy sets out Transport Scotland’s vision for the next 20 years and was developed in collaboration with over 60 partner organisations around Scotland. Their vision is for a sustainable, inclusive and accessible transport system helping to deliver a healthier, fairer and more prosperous Scotland for communities, businesses and visitors. Read more and have your say here  

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ABDO: Scots lead the way in UK eye health care

6 March 2019

It’s truly a postcode lottery when it comes to eyecare in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (NI), compared to Scotland which provides national eye care for all, according to the Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ (ABDO) latest research which compares NHS eye care in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. People in England, Wales and NI are only able to

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Optometry Scotlland: Updated GOS terms announced for Scotland. Regulation changes focus on person-centred care

4 October 2018
Source: Optometry Scotland

New terms for General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) came into force in Scotland on 1st October, following negotiations between the Scottish Government and Optometry Scotland. The updates build on the recommendations made in The Community Eyecare Services Review report published in April 2017, more than 10 years after the introduction of free NHSfunded eye examinations in Scotland. The new arrangements give

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RNIB Scotland is working with bus operators across the country to make bus journeys more accessible. Is there a local bus service you’d like to tell us about?

25 September 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

Whether good or bad, we want to hear from you. Rate your bus journey and help us identify  which services across the country are great or could-do-better. Please note: we may send your feedback to the bus company you have reviewed, we’ll remove your name so you won’t be identified. Rate your bus journey questionnaire

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FE News: New figures show attainment gap remains for vision impaired pupils

21 August 2018
Source: FE news

Royal Blind has welcomed new figures which show an improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils who progress to positive destinations after school. However, the charity, which runs the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, has highlighted they still face an attainment gap compared to fully sighted pupils. The Scottish Government’s new figures on leaver destinations published today show that

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