AOP listening service clocks up over 6500 minutes

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8 May 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) Peer Support Line is marking its two-year anniversary this week, with the Association revealing that volunteers have taken a total of 321 calls, and provided 6673 minutes of listening time, since the initiative launched on 3 May 2017. The Peer Support Line was created to meet needs identified in the AOP’s 2016 health and wellbeing

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AOP announces new Council members

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8 May 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is pleased to announce its new designated Council members, following the appointment process in March 2019. Representing a range of practice types and career stages, the designated Councillors allow a diverse range of voices to be heard at the Association. Returning dispensing optician representative, James Dawson, who has already served one three-year term, said: “I

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Search begins for AOP Awards 2020 winners, including new hospital optometry category

1 May 2019
Source: The AOP

Nominations for the AOP Awards 2020 are now open, with organisations and individuals able to nominate themselves in 15 categories. Run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP), the Awards, which are sponsored by Cooper Vision, celebrate individuals, teams and organisations across the width and breadth of optics. To recognise a landmark year, the 2020 Awards theme is ‘Excellence in optics’.

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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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AOP highlights 15.5% like-for-like pay gap between male and female optometrists

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4 April 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

To coincide with nationwide gender pay gap reporting, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is highlighting recent research which shows that on average women optometrists earn 15.5% less than men. The findings have come from the Association’s 2018 Optometrists’ Futures survey, conducted by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). Analysis of the survey data shows that when factors such as experience,

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The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC): Optics out in the cold as Government freezes GOS fees again

26 March 2019
Source: The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee

The Government has announced that GOS fees in England will be frozen for a fourth  successive year, because of “the continuing tight economic climate facing the NHS”. Voucher values will also be frozen, meaning that NHS patients will lose out directly. CET fees and pre-registration grants will rise by 2%, compared to last year’s 1% uplift. The OFNC has left

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100% Optical kicks off 2019 with a look to the future

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22 January 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

100% Optical started off the new year in style this month, with 9115 visitors attending the education and trade event from the 12-14 January. As 100% Optical’s Official Partner, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) helped facilitate over 100 hours of CET, delivered through lectures, workshops and seminars. Many of the sessions aimed to prepare practitioners for the future, with subjects

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Evolving profession celebrated at the AOP Awards 2019

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14 January 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

On Sunday 13 January 2019, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomed practitioners from across the optical sector at its eighth annual awards ceremony. The 2019 AOP Awards, which were sponsored by CooperVision, reflect an evolving profession, with the contributions of locums and optical practices providing hearing care recognised in dedicated categories for the first time. Kris Cottier, who took home

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AOP to offer in-house practice training in 2019

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2 January 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has announced that as part of its 2019 CET and professional development programme, practitioners will now be able to arrange CET-accredited AOP professional development courses at their practice. Dr Ian Beasley, AOP’s Head of Education, said: “We know that many professionals are looking for increasingly flexible approaches to education. By providing practices with the opportunity

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AOP highlights the need for improved eye health services for patients with learning disabilities

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22 November 2018
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has issued a new position statement setting out how patients with learning disabilities are being failed by current NHS services and where improvements can be made, particularly in England. In the statement, the Association highlights the high prevalence of visual problems among individuals with learning disabilities across the UK and outlines the barriers that many

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