AOP fee reduction for members amidst coronavirus crisis

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6 April 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) Board announce a 20% reduction in membership fees for UK practising members, which is the equivalent of two monthly direct debit payments. The fee reduction is designed to provide immediate financial support to members during the coronavirus crisis. The scheme will be rolled out automatically and there is no action needed by members to benefit.

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AOP calls on Government to act faster for locums

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3 April 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is calling on the Government to redouble its efforts to provide essential support for self-employed people, such as locum optometrists. Within the last week, the Government has announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for the employed, guaranteeing 80% of their monthly earnings, up to £2,500, alongside a package of supportive measures for public services and

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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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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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AOP opens nominations for 2020 Council elections

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27 February 2020
Source: AOP

The Association of Optometrists is inviting practitioners and students to put themselves forward to become AOP Councillors, with nominations opening on Monday 24 February. AOP Councillors ensure that views from around the UK and within the profession are represented in the AOP’s policy-making. The Association is encouraging eligible members of all grades to put themselves forward before the nomination period

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AOP calls for halt to optometry degree apprenticeships

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13 February 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is calling for a halt on the current proposal for optometry degree apprenticeships until the profession’s serious concerns are addressed. Skills for Health recently released a Q&A document saying the trailblazer group would continue work on the proposal. The AOP contacted the group, Skills for Health and the Institute for Apprenticeships in late January –

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AOP Voice of Optometry survey opens with new charity incentive

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6 February 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has lauched the fourth Voice of Optometry survey – an annual questionnaire that raises the profile of optometry and eye health. Optical professionals are given a unique opportunity to share their views and experiences of working in the sector. Results are then used by the AOP to promote positive stories in the media that increase

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Macular Society: Sight loss charity wins national award

27 January 2020
Source: Macular Society

Sight loss charity, the Macular Society has won a prestigious national award. The charity, whose mission is to beat the fear and isolation of macular disease with world-class research, and the best advice and support has been voted Charity of the Year in the Association of Optometrist’s annual AOP Awards. Tessa Barrett, Director of Services at the Macular Society, said:

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