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31 July 2015
Issue 161
GOC approves new standards of practice

The General Optical Council (GOC) has agreed new standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians, and new standards for optical students to come into effect from 1 April 2016.

The standards will support registrants by making much clearer the GOC’s expectations as the statutory regulator with responsibility for setting professional standards in the optical sector.

The standards also give room for registrants to use their professional judgement in deciding how to apply the standards in any given situation.

The standards are flexible enough to deal with future developments in practice across the four nations of the UK. They are also flexible enough for registrants to apply regardless of whether they are employees, locums or business owners and whether they work on the high street, in hospital or in domiciliary settings.

The standards are consistent with the standards of other healthcare professionals and so will help registrants who wish to provide enhanced community services as part of teams spanning primary and secondary care.

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What's new in EyecareFAQ?
New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find FAQs and an infographic to share on people with disabilities

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 - People with disabilities
ABDO Level 6 Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing

In September 2015, ABDO will be rolling out a new dispensing syllabus, which will be for students who are starting their dispensing studies this September. Any trainees already under the current syllabus will be given the appropriate number of attempts at the existing year one assessments at the following examination sessions only:

Practical sessions
January 2016
June 2016
January 2017
June 2017

Theory Sessions
December 2015
June 2016
December 2016
June 2017

The maximum number of attempts at a unit of the syllabus taken as a whole, or in parts, is four. If you would like any further information on this subject, please contact Mark Chandler, Head of Examinations and Registration, on 01227 732 920.

Register now for the ABDO conference
You can now book online now to attend the ABDO Conference and Exhibition - to be held in Manchester, 20-21 September 2015
  • CET for DOs, CLOs and optometrists
  • Workshops and lectures
  • Safeguarding training for DOs - Monday 21 September
  • Student and supervisor track
  • BCLA stream - Sunday 20 September
  • AOP stream - both days
Click here for more information and to register online
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ABDO Summer Sunday CET
9.00am to 4.30pm, Sunday 16 August 2015 at ABDO College, Godmersham Park, Godmersham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7DT
  • Up to 16 interactive CET points available
  • All DO competencies will be covered
  • All CLO competencies will be covered
  • This CET session will also cover the peer discussion/review requirement for CLOs and optometrists
  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided for ABDO members
Click here to book online
ABDO social media accounts

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ABDO College low vision revision course

In preparation for the ABDO Level 6 Low Vision Honours Theory Examination a revision course will be held at ABDO College in Godmersham on Wednesday 26th August.

For course fees and an application pack, please contact the Courses Team on 01227 733 921 or email

Vacancy for Dispensing Optician/Trainee Dispensing Optician in Kent

Founded in 1981, Biggs Opticians is an independent, family run business with two practices on the South East Kent coast. They pride themselves in providing an excellent standard in both their patient care and clinical work.

Biggs Opticians currently have a vacancy for a Trainee Dispensing Optician at any stage in their training to work 30 hours per week. They are looking for a passionate and ambitious candidate who would enjoy working within their professional, friendly team. Two members of their professional team are ABDO College trained and they feel we would be able to provide an excellent mentor and a supportive environment for the continuation of studies. This position would also be suitable for someone who has recently completed their studies.

Salary is negotiable. All levels of experience will be welcomed. Relocation opportunity available.

All applications by email to

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