OFNC: COVID-19 – NHS guidance for optical practices in England

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2 April 2020
Source: OFNC

NHS England has belatedly announced immediate changes to the delivery and operation of primary eye care services in England. The announcement includes details of support payments for practices which continue to provide essential care for patients during the COVID-19 crisis. These practices will be expected to follow guidance from the General Optical Council and the optical sector bodies on how

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OFNC advice to all optical practices and practitioners in England on coronavirus

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25 March 2020
Source: OFNC

Latest update for GOS contractors in England The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) and its members (ABDO, AOP, BMA and FODO) has produced new advice to all optical practices and practitioners in England on coronavirus (COVID-19). OFNC realises that so far there has been less clarity for the eye care sector from NHS England than in the other UK countries

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OFNC: COVID-19 – Support for GOS Contractors in England

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20 March 2020
Source: OFNC

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) and its members (ABDO, AOP, BMA and FODO) are working closely with NHS England on supporting GOS contractors in England through the coronavirus crisis. NHS England has confirmed that eye care is an essential part of the NHS and primary care service, both of itself and in keeping pressure off other NHS services such

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ABDO announces postponements

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13 March 2020
Source: ABDO

Following the postponement of Optrafair until 21-23 September, ABDO has confirmed that its annual dinner and meetings will now take place at a later date. The organisation is also cancelling two CET events this weekend. The Association’s traditional presidential handover ceremony at the ABDO dinner will now not take place. Clive Marchant will complete his term on 5 April and

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Vision UK welcomes support of optical sector for 2020: Year of Vision

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28 February 2020
Source: Vision UK

Vision UK is delighted to announce seven more supporters from the optical sector for its 2020: Year of Vision initiative. Using the landmark year of 2020, the initiative is an opportunity to remind the public, and key UK decision makers, about the impact of sight loss and to celebrate work that promotes eye health. Matt Broom CEO Vision UK said:

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Making 2020 the “Year of Vision”

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19 December 2019
Source: Vision UK

At Vision UK we hope that 2020 will be a big year for eye health and sight loss and we would like to make it the “Year of Vision”.  The attached docs have been put together by a small group of Vision UK members (RNIB, The College of Optometrists, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Guide Dogs)

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GOC announces the departure of Director of Strategy Alistair Bridge and the appointment of Leonie Milliner as Senior Education Adviser

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6 December 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced that Director of Strategy, Alistair Bridge, will be leaving in February to become Head of Strategy at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). During Alistair’s seven years as a member of the GOC’s senior management team, he led the organisation’s policy, standards, communications, research and governance functions and led the development of

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The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) celebrated the graduation of 318 dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians last week at Canterbury Cathedral.

27 November 2019

The annual ceremony is a time-honoured tradition where graduands approach the dais one by one to be congratulated by the ABDO President. The ceremonial handshake indicates the moment when graduands become graduates and become a full part of the profession of dispensing optics. ABDO President Clive Marchant, and Huntly Taylor, Master of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, both addressed

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The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) commemorated former Head of Marketing Michael Potter in a short ceremony to unveil a new set of display cases at ABDO College in Godmersham last week

25 November 2019
Source: ABDO

Michael Potter (1955-2018) joined ABDO as Head of Marketing in 2007 following a successful career in both retail and manufacturing optics. Michael qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1977. He was passionate about optics and the skills and dedication of his colleagues. He had a successful period in high street optics before enjoying a long career with Rodenstock UK. He

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The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has a new team of local leads to cover Wales, allowing for representation of dispensing opticians (DOs) across all the regional optical committees (ROC).

18 November 2019
Source: ABDO

The new local lead team includes Diana Haines who will represent DOs on the North Wales ROC, Jennifer Park and Christine Valerio (SEWROC) and Kate Hooper (SWROC). ABDO Head of Policy Debbie McGill says, “It’s great to have the new local leads representing us on the regional optical committees and the Welsh optometric committee. Having DOs and CLOs included in

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