Association of Optometrists response to Government Road Safety Statement 2019

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22 July 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the Government’s commitment to consider mandatory eyesight tests for older drivers, set out in The Road Safety Statement 2019 published today. The report and action plan, released by the Department for Transport, addresses a host of road safety issues including medical fitness to drive. It rightly highlights the importance of good eyesight for road

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Research reveals public perceptions of opticians

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19 July 2019
Source: General Optical Council

Today the GOC published the 2019 Public perceptions research and supporting infographic, which explores how patients view and interact with opticians and the services they provide. The research findings encompass a range of topics, including where patients would go if they had an eye health problem, their views on the quality of care, the frequency of contact with opticians and

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The Department for Transport Smart Survey on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces

18 July 2019
Source: Department for Transport

The Department for Transport is presently in the process of considering changes to the document Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces, and have commissioned TRL and Urban Movement to understand more about the understanding of tactile paving by blind & partially sighted people, and also people with other disabilities such as wheelchair users or those with mental health

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Just one week left to apply for popular courses at ABDO College

17 July 2019
Source: ABDO

Applications close on the 26th July for a number of the most popular courses at ABDO College, the only college in the UK dedicated to the teaching of the theoretical and practical aspects of ophthalmic dispensing and related specialist areas. Potential students should act now to develop their skills, improve their career prospects and learn while they earn. • BSc

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Access all areas campaign 2019

17 July 2019
Source: Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs and the RNIB have collaborated on a brand-new toolkit which enables guide dog owners to complain effectively if they’ve been refused access to somewhere. Latest research from Guide Dogs shows that three-quarters of guide dog owners have been illegally turned away by businesses and services, such as taxis, restaurants, shops, cafes, hotels and pubs. See the latest on

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New molecular ‘scaffolding’ could repair nerve damage in glaucoma

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16 July 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is funding scientists at the University of Cambridge to research how a new ‘molecular scaffolding’ could help restore vital nerve connections between the eye and the brain, potentially recovering the sight loss caused by glaucoma and other conditions, and even paving the way for future eye transplants. Professor Keith Martin, Professor James Fawcett and team will be

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GOC erases Swindon based dispensing optician

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16 July 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Simon Backhouse, a dispensing optician based in Swindon, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as a dispensing optician in the UK. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of his convictions for

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ADASS endorses a Professional Register for Vision Rehabilitation Workers

15 July 2019
Source: ADASS

The ADASS physical & sensory impairment & HIV/AIDS network, the Rehab Workers professional network, Visionary and Vision UK have worked together to achieve the Endorsement of  ADASS for a Professional Register for Vision Rehabilitation Workers.     The professional body for Vision Rehabilitation Workers, the Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network (RWPN), has established a professional register which requires all members to

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Rehabilitaiton Registration Position Statement May 2019
Rehabilitaiton Registration Position Statement May 2019
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RWPN Professional Register Guidance Notes For Employers And Commissioners
RWPN Professional Register Guidance Notes For Employers And Commissioners
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Appendix 2 RWPN ROVI  Job Description
Appendix 2 RWPN ROVI Job Description
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Appendix 3 RWPN CPD Scheme Description Jan 2017
Appendix 3 RWPN CPD Scheme Description Jan 2017
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No one should face sight loss alone

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15 July 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

I’m losing my sight; at the age of 8, I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa so have very little vision and will eventually lose it completely. My mum and I felt totally isolated and very scared as we didn’t know how to access support, despite seeing countless eyecare professionals; signposting and referrals to support services would have made our journey

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Thomas Pocklington Trust: Meet Charles Colquhoun, our new CEO!

12 July 2019
Source: Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has appointed Charles Colquhoun as its permanent Chief Executive. Charles joined TPT in 2016 as Director of Resources and has been working as Interim Chief Executive since February of this year, following Peter Corbett’s retirement. Charles said: “I’m very proud to have been appointed and be part of the team at Thomas Pocklington Trust, improving the

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