NHS England and NHS Improvement: Updates and guidance for optical settings

2 April 2020

Optical Letter  01/04/2020 Dear colleagues Thank you again for your continued work to prepare for and handle the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the commitment and effort that is going into providing care for patients. In light of the most recent public health control measures and in recognition of the difficulties that practices are facing including continuing concerns about

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COVID-19: College of Optometrists updates

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24 March 2020
Source: College of Optometrists

This contains the current guidance available for each nation and the latest updates from the College. 23 March 2020: Recommendation to only offer ‘essential’ eye care We have listened to our members’ concerns, and the public health advice coming from the UK’s governments to avoid social contact where possible. As a result the College recommends that every optometrist and practice

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Free AOP membership for newly-qualified optometrists

18 October 2019
Source: AOP

Optometrists that qualified this year are being offered an exclusive free trial from the Association of Optometrists (AOP). The free trial, which applies to the AOP’s Newly-Qualified grade, is designed to welcome individuals who have just qualified to the profession. AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman said: “Starting out in a career is exciting but it can also be filled with

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The College of Optometrists conducts third report on Scheme for Registration

5 July 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists has published its third report analysing pre-registration trainees’ performance on the Scheme for Registration (SfR). The report is based on demographic and performance data of a single cohort of 620 pre-registration trainees who enrolled on the College’s SfR between 1 June 2015 and 31 May 2016. The data was drawn in April 2017. Analysis of the

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College of Optometrists: Optical Workforce Survey

8 April 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists led stakeholders from across the sector to undertake a survey of the optical workforce. The Optical Workforce Survey gathered key information about optometrists and dispensing opticians to build a picture of current workforce levels and the issues that will impact on its future. This important work provided evidence to answer questions on the current and future

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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 College of Optometrists issue eye health tips for winter as the cold bites

29 January 2019
Source: The College of Optometrists

As we are about to enter a cold snap, The College of Optometrists is urging the public to take steps to protect their vision and eye health. The College has developed a winter eye health poster to highlight the different ways winter can affect vision and exacerbate eye conditions. The infographic, which is available online, also advises readers on how

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The College of Optometrists: The Post Doctorate Award fund

12 December 2018
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists’ Post Doctorate Award fund will support an optometrist embarking on a career in clinical research, and provides a great opportunity for you to play a significant role in their future and the future of your profession. Every year, the College provides financial support to talented and committed researchers undertaking ground-breaking research within universities. Their work is

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BBC Wales: Drivers should have mandatory eyesight test, says top optician

18 September 2018
Source: BBC Wales

Motorists should have to pass mandatory sight tests to stop people with dangerously poor eyesight driving, a top optician has said. It comes after a father was killed by a driver who defied an optician’s warning to stay off the road in 2015. Chief of Optometry Wales Sali Davies, said opticians are being put in an “uncomfortable” position as it

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College of Optometrists publishes its Research Strategy 2018-2020

24 August 2018
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists work in the area of research is guided by the Research Strategic Objectives and the processes in this Strategy. It has the overall aim of ensuring that the profession of optometry, and the practice of college of Optometrists members, is supported by evidence that members can understand. The College of Optometrists is the professional body for

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