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

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

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

Read more 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

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

Read more 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).

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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ABDO: Can your practice help the homeless this Christmas?

4 November 2019
Source: ABDO

Can you help the homeless this Christmas? Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) is aiming to help even more homeless people this Christmas gain an eye examination and spectacles, by asking optical practices across the UK to reach out to their local homeless shelters. Currently, VCHP runs Christmas clinics in conjunction with Crisis, around London, with more than 80 volunteers

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ABDO updates guidance on contact lens aftercare frequency

21 October 2019
Source: ABDO

The Association of British Dispensing Optician’s (ABDO) National Clinical Committee (NCC) has been working together with members, internal working groups, industry partners and ABDO’s Clinical Lead to ensure ABDO’s Advice and Guidance is current and reflects modern day practice. As part of this review the NCC has updated the ABDO guidance on contact lens aftercare frequency. ABDO Clinical Lead Max

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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

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

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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