AOP: Open letter – IT connectivity for primary optical care

15 April 2019
Source: The AOP

Open letter to Simon Stevens and Matthew Swindells at NHS England from the AOP, ABDO, FODO and LOCSU. Dear Simon and Matthew We are writing to you urgently on behalf of the representative bodies for the community optical sector. Our members are one of the pillars of NHS primary care, delivering 13 million sight tests and many other NHS services

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ABDO College launch new Optical Assistant Course

4 April 2019
Source: ABDO

If you want a flexible way to train your support team, giving them a vital induction to the world of optics, you will want to know more about the new Optical Assistant course from ABDO College. Suitable for people who have just started working in optics, as well as those who have been in practice for some time and want

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The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers announces changes to qualifications

1 April 2019
Source: Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) has announced that it plans to withdraw its accredited qualifications for optical assistants. The last main sittings for WCSM examinations at Levels 2 and 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at SCQF Levels 5 and 7 in Scotland will be in December 2019. Current candidates expecting to sit examinations in June

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Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone comes to Optrafair 2019

Seeing Beyond the Eyes Resource Pack front page

27 March 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

Our Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone will be at Optrafair 30 March – 1 April 2019, focusing in on sight loss and empowering optical professionals to effectively support low vision patients. The Zone is funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, a national charity supporting people with sight loss, and will feature CET worth 6 interactive-points delivered by our team – Peter

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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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Joint Venture between the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists for RCOphth professional examinations

6 February 2019

  In a joint venture, The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) are collaborating to host and deliver the RCOphth Refraction Certificate examination. This is one of four examinations that a trainee ophthalmologist takes in order to achieve the FRCOphth. From 2020 ABDO’s National Resource Centre (NRC) in Birmingham will become the permanent

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Optometry Today: ABDO issues Christmas eye health advice

5 December 2018
Source: Optometry Today

A survey has revealed make-up habits that could lead to eye infections The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has highlighted the common make-up mistakes that can cause eye infections as it shares advice on how to avoid issues during the Christmas period. ABDO’s own research found that 44% of women have left eye make-up on overnight at least once,

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ABDO: Macular Society: Nearly 1.5m people in the UK affected by biggest cause of blindness

9 November 2018
Source: ABDO

New figures have revealed that nearly 1.5m people in the UK are affected by macular disease, the nation’s biggest cause of blindness. The statistics revealed by national sight loss charity, the Macular Society, have been released on World Sight Day to highlight the extent of what is now an urgent public health issue. Macular disease is a progressive disease, which

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Two new directors appointed to LOCSU Board

30 May 2018
Source: ABDO

LOCSU welcomes the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors.   Stephen McAndrew is replacing Paul Carroll as a FODO-nominated member of the LOCSU Board. In addition, following a publicised recruitment process, Emma Spofforth has joined the LOCSU Board as the LOC representative for the Midlands and East of England region. Stephen McAndrew is Director NHS Services at

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Visualise: Opticians to get Clearer View of Visual Impairment

12 March 2018
Source: Visualise

Thomas Pocklington Trust are supporting entrepreneur Daniel Williams, and dispensing optician Peter Black, to drive forward the message that no patient should be diagnosed with an eye condition and left to fend for themselves. This innovative and insightful course leaves optometrists and dispensing opticians empowered with knowledge to deliver the highest quality service to their VIPs (visually impaired patients). Thomas

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