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Association News
15 July 2016
Issue 186
ABDO’s force for the future

ABDO has appointed the inaugural members of its newly formed National Clinical Committee (NCC).

With ABDO vice president, Clive Marchant, acting as chair, the new NCC members are: Nick Black, Mark Chatham, Scott Mackie, Daryl Newsome, Rupesh Patel and Alexandra Webster.

ABDO head of policy and development, Barry Duncan, will act as NCC secretariat, with ABDO director of professional examinations, Alicia Thompson, also serving on the committee.

Commenting on the appointments, ABDO board member, Jo Holmes, said: “The standard of candidates for these positions was very high – and after long and hard discussions it was decided to bring Nick Black and Scott Mackie’s low vision expertise to the committee, Alexandra Webster and Mark Chatham’s expertise in contact lenses, and Rupesh Patel and Daryl Newsome’s respective expertise in CET and general dispensing.

“As ABDO moves forward and we begin streamlining the current ABDO committees into one overarching clinical group, we believe we now have the right team with the right skills and knowledge to help the Association tackle the challenges ahead in a consistent and cohesive manner,” added Jo.

The NCC will hold a strategic development meeting on 29 September and the inaugural NCC committee meeting will take place on 7 December at ABDO’s London headquarters.

The new ABDO regional and sub-regional leads will be announced in September.

Summer 2016 ABDO examination results release date

ABDO examination result letters will be sent by 1st class post to each candidates mailing address (ie their practice address, unless in full time study and not in practice) week commencing 15th August 2016.

2016 ABDO Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony


The 2016 ABDO Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 23 November at Canterbury Cathedral.

The ceremony registration desk will be open from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. Doors to the Cathedral will open for guests to enter at 6.30pm.

Graduands eligible to attend will receive notification and online booking will go live mid-September 2016.

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If you change your name due to marriage please forward a copy of your marriage certificate to ABDO Membership Services in one of the following ways:

By post
Please send a copy of your marriage certificate to ABDO Membership Services, Godmersham Park, Godmersham, Canterbury, Kent CT47DT

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Send a fax copy of your marriage certificate to ABDO Membership Services a using the following number 01227 733 900

Upon receipt ABDO Membership Services will update your details.

Foundation Degree /BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing and Fellowship Dispensing Diploma

ABDO College offers a choice of two distance learning courses on the route to becoming a qualified dispensing optician:

Option 1
A two-year Foundation Degree course followed by a third year BSc Degree course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to BSc (Hons) and the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualifications.

Option 2
A three-year diploma course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualification.

Course features

  • Combines academic and work-based learning
  • 32 weekly distance learning units in each academic year
  • Four weeks block release at Godmersham in each academic year
  • Block release accommodation can be provided
  • Year 1 courses will commence in September 2016

Entry requirements

  • Grade C or above GCSE in English, mathematics, science and two other subjects, including evidence of recent learning
  • Applicants must be working in practice as a trainee dispensing optician for a minimum of 30 hours per week and have the support of their employer

For further information and application forms please contact the ABDO College Courses Team on 01227 738 829 (Option 1) or email

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