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9 May 2014
Issue 141
250 participate in ABDO College / PPG webinar
On 30 April, ABDO College, in conjunction with PPG Industries, presented a webinar entitled ‘Harder, stronger, clearer’, which was broadcast live from ABDO College in Godmersham, reaching more than 250 opticians.

The CET approved webinar presented new technologies and advancements in spectacle lens materials with a focus on increasing patients comfort by understanding and embracing the advantages of new lens materials. It was presented collaboratively by (pictured above) Dora Plisic, PPG trade manager, optical materials, Keith Cross, PPG Rx technology director, optical materials and ABDO Vice President Kevin Gutsell, and included a live question and answer session with more than 40 questions submitted online. The video replay of the event can be accessed via the ABDO College website.

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Making Accurate Claims in England 2014
Guidance for General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contractors, optometrists, dispensing opticians and ophthalmic medical practitioners providing or performing General Ophthalmic Services in England.
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Local Eye Health Networks

Following on from government reform of the NHS, local professional networks are being established for eye health, dentistry and pharmacy. These networks should incorporate representation from a wide range of interested groups, including practitioners.

We would really like to talk to any ABDO members involved in their local network. Please email Michelle Derbyshire at with your ABDO membership number and the details of your contribution.

GOC recruiting for committees - The regulator is seeking a dispensing optician for its Standards Committee. Read More
Limited time offer
Free 12 months’ Gourmet Society subscription for new customers and you can save 20% on your home insurance renewal premium

Until 31 May 2014, ABDO members can get a FREE 12 month Gourmet Society dining card (RRP £69.95) when they buy a home insurance policy through Baxters Streetwise. Plus save 20% on your current insurer's renewal premium (including free legal expenses)*.

Please call Baxters Streetwise on 0845 4023 291 quoting ‘A
BDO Gourmet Offer’, view more information online or fill in a home insurance renewal reminder request by 31 May 2014, if your renewal is due after this date.

* Full terms and conditions apply to the 20% off your current home insurance renewal premium and the 12 month Gourmet Society membership offer. See website for details. Offers and prices subject to change without notice. Subject to exclusions, minimum premiums and underwriting. Both offers available to new customers only. We regret that this benefit is not available in Northern Ireland. UK only. Some property types not accepted. Baxters have to accept your policy application. If you take up this offer, you will need to remain insured with Baxters beyond the 14 day cooling off period to be eligible for the free Gourmet Society dining card. Once you pass the 14 day cooling off period, Parliament Hill Ltd will send out the free card. The free Gourmet Society dining card is a treat from Parliament Hill Ltd who manage these ABDO membership benefits. ABDO is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Parliament Hill Ltd of 3rd Floor, 127 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6BT who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for non-investment insurance mediation under registration number 308448. Details can be checked on the Financial Services register by visiting the FCA’s web site at

ABDO membership benefits
Introduction to Ophthalmic Public Health course
Monday 9 June 2014 to Wednesday 11 June 2014 - ABDO College, Godmersham Park, Godmersham, Kent CT4 7DT

Presented by Professor Darren Shickle (pictured above) this two and half day, CET approved, course offers a valuable opportunity for practitioners, managers, directors and officials to better understand the links between public health, epidemiology and ophthalmic public health, and to learn about approaches to evaluation and evidence-based health care.

Topics include:

  • Public health approaches
  • Ophthalmic health promotion; theory and application, including the screening and surveillance for eye diseases
  • Epidemiology of ophthalmic public health
  • Health needs assessment and health equity audit
  • Commissioning eye health care services

To book a place call Claire Raffill on 01227 733 920 or email

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ABDO Area 1 Conference & Exhibition ● Sunday 1 June 2014 ● Up to 14 CET points available Read More
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