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

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) logo

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

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) logo

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

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) logo

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

Logos of ABDO, ACLM, LOCSU, AOP, FMO, FODO, Optometry Wales

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”

Vision UK logo 2020 year of Vision

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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FODO AGM 2019: FODO refocuses on protecting and advancing eye care

15 May 2019
Source: FODO

The FODO Annual General Meeting took place in London on 14 May with Chair Lynda Oliver setting out how the organisation was successfully transitioning to a new operating model to scale up its strategic work in protecting and advancing eye care in the UK and Ireland, as well as supporting its growing number of members especially among SMEs and independents.

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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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FODO announce new structure and first ever managing director

12 February 2019
Source: FODO

In response to growing membership across its eye and hearing care businesses FODO has announced a new company structure and the appointment of Harjit Sandhu as its first-ever Managing Director. Harjit, who was previously Director of Policy and Strategy at the National Community Hearing Association (NCHA), will now run the four FODO businesses: FODO, FODO Ireland, the NCHA and ophthalmology

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The Optician: FODO doubles indemnity claim cover

15 January 2019
Source: The Optician

FODO members have been told their cover per claim for professional liability insurance has been doubled from £5m to £10m – to keep in line with requirements of NHS commissioners. The optical body also said there would be no increase in their insurance premiums and membership fees for 2019. Read the full article on the Optician website  

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FODO welcomes the NHS long term plan

11 January 2019
Source: FODO

FODO has welcomed the NHS long term plan (published 7 January 2019). It does not directly impact on GOS (with the possible exception of service to care homes) and there is much that community optics, ophthalmology and hearing services can get behind: • reforming outpatients and moving care out of hospitals into primary and community care • reemphasis on prevention

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