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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GOC erases London based student dispensing optician

28 June 2018
Source: GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Anuradha Sharma, a student dispensing optician based London, from its register. She will now be unable to train as a dispensing optician in the UK. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found her fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct, related to

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Visualise: Free Course worth 6 Interactive CET Points – Seeing Beyond the Eyes

20 April 2018
Source: Visualise

Free Course worth 6 Interactive CET Points – Seeing Beyond the Eyes Visualise Training and Consultancy and Orbita Black, with support from Thomas Pocklington Trust are delivering a FREE UK-wide roadshow specifically designed for Optometrists (Optom’s) and Dispensing Opticians (DO’s) on supporting patients with sight loss, support and professional services, and referral pathways. Hour 1 An Introduction to Visual Impairment

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GOC suspends Wolverhampton-based optometrist from its register

28 February 2018
Source: GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Gagandeep Thiarra, an optometrist based in Wolverhampton from its register for a period of six months. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by virtue of misconduct relating to falsifying patient records during an assessment. In making the

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