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13 November 2015
Issue 170
GOC registration fee to increase by £10
The GOC Council has agreed a £10 increase in the GOC registration fee, making the fee for optometrists, dispensing opticians and bodies corporate £320.

Student registration fees have been frozen at £25 and the £100 discount for practitioners on low incomes remains in place.

Gareth Hadley, GOC chair, said, “The 3.2% increase will ensure we have sufficient resources to carry out our regulatory functions, while limiting the strain that fees place on registrants. Inflation is naturally part of the reason for the increase, but it is also born out of a commitment to longer-term planning to ensure ongoing financial stability. The £10 increase builds in a contingency for eventualities such as a further increase in complaint numbers or particularly complex cases. It will also allow us to continue the implementation of our new Standards of Practice and consult thoroughly on new business standards. We must also bear the costs of more visits to education institutions and a levy to the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) of around £3.50 per registrant.”

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What's new in EyecareFAQ?
New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find FAQs and an infographic to share on eye diseases of old age

You can use any of the EyecareFAQ answers and images on your own blog or website. Follow, like and share these useful resources on your practice and personal social media channels, to help the public learn about eyecare and promote the role of the registered dispensing optician.

Get involved with EyecareFAQ, ABDO’s campaign to help consumers learn more about looking after their eyes, and the role of the registered dispensing optician.

Click here for EyecareFAQ - Eye diseases of old age
College of Optometrists celebrates sector’s most talented researchers
The College of Optometrists has recognised the achievements of the most talented researchers working in the field at its annual Diploma Ceremony at the Central Hall in Westminster, London.

Four individuals and a research team were presented with a College Research Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to vision science, eye health care and to the profession.

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David Parkins appointed to GOC Council

Optometrist David Parkins has been appointed as the newest member of the General Optical Council (GOC). David will join the GOC Council on 15 March 2016.

David is currently the President of the College of Optometrists, as well as chair of the London Eye Health Network and chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning. He is also a member of the Vision 2020 (UK) Ophthalmic Public Health Committee.

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2015 AOP Awards winners

The winners of the AOP Awards 2015 were announced on 5 November at a national awards ceremony in Birmingham. Run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, the awards recognise the highest levels of achievement in UK optics.

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New BCLA UK conference
The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has announced a new event for 2016 – BCLA UK.

Taking place on 12-13 June at the Belfry Hotel in the Midlands, this new conference will bring together UK eye care practitioners (ECP) for a programme aimed at giving them the confidence and practical skills to discuss and fit contact lenses to all patients who visit their practice.

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To view the November special NOC edition of LOCSU News click here.

Degree or Diploma?

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

Degree option
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.

Diploma option
A three-year diploma course in ophthalmic dispensing – leading to the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualification.

Did you know?

  • You can study for the degree course, instead of the diploma course, for an additional cost of less than £100 per month
  • In most cases, student finance is available to those undertaking the degree option
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Do you run regular low vision clinics in your practice?

Would you be willing to help an ABDO Low Vision Honours student prepare for the practical examinations by observing and possibly building up some case records? 

If so, please contact Jennifer Brower, Chairman, ABDO Low Vision Committee on 07817 475 874 or

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