The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is welcoming a new regional lead following Max Halford’s move to become ABDO Clinical Lead.

27 September 2019
Source: Association of British Dispensing Opticians

MECs qualified Contact Lens Optician Stuart Pell has been practising for over 25 years and will become lead for South of England. Stuart has wide experience in all aspects of Optics from initially working in a lab and gaining the SMC(Tech) qualification, dispensing and managing local and larger practices and previous business start-up experience to now being a MECs qualified

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Barry Duncan, Deputy Chief Executive of ABDO, has resigned with immediate effect.

18 September 2019
Source: ABDO

Barry has been on the staff of ABDO since 2011 and is a former President of the Association. Commenting on Barry’s resignation, ABDO General Secretary, Sir Anthony Garrett, said: “Barry has played a major part in the development of the Association in recent years – particularly the reorganisation of our structure into Regions with Regional Leads – and developing a

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New Board member for ABDO

12 September 2019
Source: ABDO

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has a new board member after the results of the latest election were announced. Daryl Newsome has been re-elected for a further term while Lorraine Bleasdale is new to the board. Lorraine Bleasdale has worked in optics for 28 years having started as a receptionist before working her way up to qualify as

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The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has launched an on-going series of CET webinars for members.

31 July 2019
Source: ABDO

ABDO’s head of CET Alex Webster says, “We are excited to be able to offer interactive CET that members can access in a new way, without having the expense and time associated with travel to and from an event. Each month we will host a new CET-approved webinar enabling members who complete the session to gain 1 interactive CET point.”

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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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ABDO issues new range of patient leaflets The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has issued a new range of leaflets for practitioners to offer to patients.

10 June 2019
Source: ABDO

The leaflets have been developed by members of the association’s National Clinical Committee (NCC) in response to a survey of members. The titles in this first series include: • Food and eye health • Looking after your child’s eyes • Looking after your eyes • Your eyes in your 40s • Low vision ABDO Vice President Jo Holmes, who is

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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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