Message from Optometry Scotland: Ongoing Provision of Essential Eyecare Services

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26 March 2020
Source: Optometry Scotland

Dated 25/03/2020 Last Friday, the Scottish Government offered to maintain the structure and integrity of community eyecare in Scotland by providing each practice with average GOS payments. This was further enhanced by the provision of additional payments for emergency and enhanced services. Last night, SGHD secured the Cabinet Secretary for Health’s agreement in permitting community optometry practices to remain open

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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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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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Crisis at Christmas: Eyecare Service

29 November 2018
Source: Crisis at Chritmas

Role Details: Time Commitment: 24 to 29 December Shifts are from: 9:30am – 6:30pm About Crisis at Christmas We mobilise a huge volunteer effort each Christmas to bring warmth, companionship and vital services to people at one of the hardest times of the year. We help people take the first steps out of homelessness, offering Crisis’ year-round support and training

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College of Optometrists celebrates sector’s researchers at its annual Diploma Ceremony

12 November 2018
Source: The College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists recognised the achievements of some of the sector’s leading researchers in the field at its annual Diploma Ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London last Tuesday. Four optometric researchers were presented with the College’s Research Excellence Award for their contributions across a variety of areas: • Dr Nicola Logan MCOptom was awarded the Neil Charman Medal

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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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Founding President of the College of Optometrists celebrates his centenary

14 August 2018
Source: College of Optometrists

On the 8th of August Dr Philip Cole OBE FCOptom, Founding President of the College of Optometrists, celebrated his 100th birthday. Dr Cole became a member of the British Optical Association in 1944, served on the College Council from 1980-1996, and worked as the College’s professional adviser from 1984-1995, and remains an esteemed member of the profession, and a College Fellow.

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OPO: Parental attitudes to myopia: a key agent of change for myopia control?

16 May 2018
Source: Journal of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. The College of Optometrists

Journal of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics Purpose With the increasing prevalence in myopia there is growing interest in active myopia prevention. This study aims to increase our understanding of parental attitudes to myopia development and control, as a means to inform future health planning and policy. It evaluates, for the first time, the attitude of parents to myopia and its

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Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) seeks NHS eReferral grant for optical practices

5 March 2018
Source: FODO

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) has been in negotiations with NHS England to secure funding to provide IT connectivity between optical practices in England and the rest of the NHS. It had been hoped that this could come from an underspend this year elsewhere in primary care, as has been widely reported in the media. Unfortunately, at the last

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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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