College of Optometrists’ funded research identifies weaknesses in optometric data

13 December 2017
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists has said that the lack of public health data on the prevalence of eye conditions is impacting on policymakers and commissioners’ ability to adequately plan and meet eye health needs. The College has published the findings of its commissioned Ophthalmic Public Health Research Project, which identified that, despite an increasing amount of clinical data being held

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GOC launches Education Strategic Review concepts and principles consultation

13 December 2017
Source: The GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published a consultation on the concepts and principles that could underpin optical education and training in the future, as part of its Education Strategic Review.   The consultation considers a series of ways of helping to ensure future optometrists and dispensing opticians are supported to be safe, confident and competent new practitioners in

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Sight loss charity RNIB welcomes Highland Council’s second thoughts on ‘shared spaces’

12 December 2017
Source: RNIB Scotland

Sight loss charity RNIB Scotland has welcomed a decision by Highland Council to reconsider moves to make Castle Wynd in Inverness a ‘shared space’. Under the original plans, the area would have been levelled with pedestrians and drivers all using the same thoroughfare. However, RNIB Scotland, along with a number of other national and local disability groups, said this would

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London Assembly: Eye Health – preventing sight loss in London report

6 December 2017
Source: London Assembly

Eye health is a growing issue in London and we expect to see many more Londoners living with eye conditions in the future. London faces challenges around prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sight-threatening conditions, but many cases of sight loss are avoidable. It is critical that eye health becomes a greater public health priority in London and more needs to

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Fight for Sight: Is the government’s new industrial strategy a chance for medical research charities to lead the way?

5 December 2017
Source: Fight for Sight

Does the publication of the government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper provide an unexpected lifeline for the millions of people affected by sight loss? Fight for Sight, the eye research charity, believes so. Michele Acton, the charity’s CEO, says: “The White Paper presents an opportunity to transform lives by being bold and radical in the approach to innovation and by building

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West Midlands Local Eye Health Network wins award for helping patients living with sight loss and dementia

5 December 2017
Source: West Midlands Local Eye Health Network (LEHN), NHS England

Eye health professionals in the West Midlands have won a national poster award for a training project to improve care for people living with both sight loss and dementia. West Midlands Local Eye Health Network (LEHN), which is part of NHS England, won the best poster competition at the National Optical Conference in Warwick. The poster featured a training programme

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Henshaws, 2 Vacancies: Children and Young People’s Enablement Officer Oldham and Manchester

1 December 2017
Source: Henshaws

Oldham Closing date: Monday, 11th Dec 2017 Job Title: Children and Young People’s Enablement Officer (Oldham) Location: Oldham Civic Centre Salary: £10.20 per hour/£18,564 per annum Hours per Week: 35 (including occasional evening and weekend work) Contract: Fixed term until 30th November 2019 To apply for this role please go to the Henshaws website   Children and Young People’s Enablement

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IDF Europe sheds light on barriers preventing uptake of evidence in the management of diabetes in the European region

30 November 2017
Source: IDF Europe

IDF Europe, the voice of the diabetes community in Europe, presents findings of a report aimed at identifying gaps in diabetes management and suggesting recommendations to improve the lives of people affected by this condition in Europe Diabetes, an underestimated pandemic Today in Europe, 58 million people are living with diabetes and 36 million more are at risk of developing the

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UK Government sets out plan to see more disabled people in work

30 November 2017
Source: UK Government

The government has launched new plans to transform disability employment over the next ten years. The government will help to get more disabled people into work in the next decade, the Prime Minister said today, as a new strategy is launched to break down employment barriers. Working with industry, government will be taking further steps to help disabled people and people

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