News from Council 13 November 2019

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15 November 2019
Source: General Optical Council

Education Strategic Review update Council agreed the implementation plan for the Education Strategic Review (ESR), which is split into three stages: key deliverables, provider readiness and implementation. The first stage began in September 2019 with the creation of the Expert Advisory Groups (EAGs), who are helping to deliver the key project deliverables: Learning Outcomes for students Education Standards for providers

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Vision Foundation: Vacancy for a Trustee

15 November 2019
Source: Vision Foundation

Are you looking for a special and significant opportunity to make a difference to the work of the Vision Foundation? They currently have an opening for a new trustee to join their board to help shape their future strategy and decision making. Find out more and apply on the Vision Foundation Website and also see other vacancies

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City, University of London survey for carers of someone with a visual impairment

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15 November 2019
Source: City, University London

City, University London are working on a research study to explore whether family and friends of visually impaired people are receiving support, advice or information from healthcare professionals or charities. We have created a short survey where we ask about the kind of support you’ve received (if any), and your views on its quality. We also ask for some demographic

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One Page Information Leaflet - Survey For Family And Friends Of VIP
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The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has appointed Debbie McGill as its new Head of Policy and Public Affairs.

14 November 2019
Source: ABDO

Debbie has worked in optical policy for 12 years and has been ABDO Policy and Public Affairs officer since Feb 2018. Debbie says, “I’m really pleased to accept this new position within ABDO. I will continue to deliver the policy aims and objectives to maintain, promote and develop the DO workforce, by identifying opportunities in line with service pathways and

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London charity launches new fund to transform the lives of people facing and living with sight loss.

14 November 2019
Source: Vision Foundation

The Vision Foundation has launched a new fund to address the most pressing issues affecting blind and partially sighted people in London. The Vision Fund is designed to fund innovative projects that are changing lives amongst London’s visually impaired communities. The new fund is being launched at a time when alarmingly more people than ever before are needlessly going blind

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Simulator shows any global location through the eyes of those with sight loss

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12 November 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight have launched a new visual simulator which will show users what their every-day view would look like through the eyes of someone with a sight loss condition. Using Google Street View, the user will be able to select any destination in the world and choose from a number of sight loss conditions to show what that place

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New AOP guidance sheds light on over-referrals

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12 November 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has produced new guidance and a helpful infographic to explain why some eye diseases have high levels of ‘false positive’ referrals of patients to hospital. The guidance, The truth about ‘false positive’ referrals, shows that optometrists in community practice are already very good at identifying low prevalence diseases, such as glaucoma. But they could cut

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BIPOSA: Travel Fellowship Award

11 November 2019
Source: BIPOSA

The purpose of the BIPOSA Travel Fellowship is to enable early career orthoptists and ophthalmologists, based in the UK or Ireland, to undertake further training in Paediatric Ophthalmology and/or Strabismus. The award will assist the BIPOSA Fellow, for the subsequent benefit of Paediatric Ophthalmology or Orthoptics in the UK or Ireland, to study, research or acquire special skills, knowledge or

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Blind Edinburgh artist aims to capture impressions of his emotional and sensory experience in his art

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11 November 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

A new exhibition by an artist who is progressively losing his sight has opened in Edinburgh. ‘Unseen Trails: Journeys made Visible’ is a collaboration between Alan McIntyre and Crossing Countries, a Scottish social enterprise that provides opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to volunteer in Durban, South Africa. The overarching theme is how people navigate their environment and what they

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International Glaucoma Associaton Vacancy: Graphic Designer

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11 November 2019
Source: International Glaucoma Association

Hours of work: 14 hours per week; part time (may be worked flexibly by agreement) Salary: £20,000 – £22,000 p.a. pro rata Location: Ashford, Kent Closing date: 27 November 2019 Interviews date: 3 December 2019 About you We’re looking for an energetic and creative individual to join our team and help us to: create and deliver print-ready and digital artwork across

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