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Association News
1 September 2017
Issue 211
ABDO Board – Election of Directors 2017

Voting closed for the 2017 ABDO Board Elections on 30th August.

There were three candidates for the two vacancies and the ballot was conducted by Electoral Reform Services, an independent organisation.

  • Jo Holmes was re-elected to serve for a second term of office
  • Saima Begum was elected to the board for the first time
  • Ian Anderson was not elected
Jo Holmes FBDO
Saima Begum FBDO
Deadline for PCSE claims approaches Read More
Ofsted awards ‘Good’ rating for Vision Express’ apprenticeship programme Read More
SILMO prize draw winner

Congratulations to Sarah White FBDO CL, who is the lucky winner of the SILMO prize draw.

Sarah practises at the Bawtry Eye Academy in Bawtry, Doncaster.

SILMO Paris takes place from 6 to 9 October 2017.
ABDO membership benefits – student discounts

The NUS extra card is the ultimate student discount ‘must-have’ from the National Union of Students and costs just £12 for 15 months!

Through ABDO membership benefits, ABDO student members can enjoy £25 savings instantly on the brands that matter plus access to over 200 discounts online and in-store:

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*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers and prices subject to change without notice. This ABDO membership benefit is managed on behalf of ABDO by Parliament Hill Ltd.

ABDO National Consultation Day

The ABDO National Consultation Day will be held on Thursday 26 October 2017 at the Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4JQ.

All ABDO members are invited and welcome to attend. The event provides a chance for members to meet regional leads & board members and find out what is happening in ABDO.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at

ABDO College job vacancies Read More
Low Vision Honours Course

Due to changing demographics the demand for specialist low vision services is steadily increasing. By enhancing your low vision skills you can greatly help others, which is both valuable and extremely rewarding. ABDO College's Low Vision Honours Course includes the theory and practical aspects of low vision consultation and fully prepares candidates for the ABDO Level 6 FBDO (Hons) LVA examinations. Distance learning assignments are complemented by a short block release at ABDO College to reinforce practical skills and routine.

  • Course commences: January 2018
  • Method: Blended learning
  • Entry requirements: ABDO Level 6 Fellowship Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing (FBDO) and GOC registration
  • Duration: 25 weeks
  • Block release accommodation can be provided

Application deadline: December 2017

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Access Courses

ABDO College’s Access Courses are designed to help prospective dispensing optician students to meet the necessary entry requirements. They are also a useful refresher for those who have been out of education for a while. The entry requirements for the ABDO College Level 6 Fellowship Dispensing Diploma (FBDO) and Foundation Degree/BSc (Hons) courses are five GCSEs at grade c or above, which must include English, mathematics and a science subject. Each Access course is considered the equivalent of one GCSE. The Access Courses are available in the five key subjects of English, Mathematics, Optics and Dispensing, Human Biology and General Science.

  • Courses commence: February 2018
  • Method: Distance learning
  • Candidates should ideally be educated to GCSE standard and possibly have already attained some of the GCSEs required for enrolment to dispensing courses
  • Duration: Approximately 20 weeks

Application deadline: January 2018

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ABDO College seeks distance learning tutors

ABDO College is looking to recruit a number of distance learning tutors.

Applicants must have passed the ABDO Level 6 ophthalmic dispensing final theory examination (FQE) at the first attempt.

Commencing in January 2018, a nine week training course will be run for successful applicants.

If you would like to apply, please email Claire Raffill at for an application pack.

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