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22 August 2014
Issue 146
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Angela McNamee and Keith Cavaye discuss exciting developments in contact lenses - click here to view more
LOCSU’s strategic and business plans now available Read More
BCLA welcomes GOC’s illegal practice strategy Read More
Cardiff University team awarded £15K for nystagmus research Read More
BCLA President to discuss contact lenses and young people Read More
Vision Aid Overseas and Specsavers sign up to new three-year alliance Read More
Tim Bowden raises over £2,000 in OC4S challenge! Read More
ABDO CET events in September
Northern Ireland CET event - Sunday 7 September 2014 Read More
Area 8 (Wessex) CET day - Sunday 14 September 2014 Read More
Area 1 (North) - Tuesday 16 September 2014 Read More
Area 11 (London) - Tuesday 16 September 2014 Read More
Area 12 (Scotland) CET event - Sunday 21 September 2014 Read More
Area 10 (Kent) - Monday 22 September 2014 Read More
Area 5 (Midlands) CET event - Monday 29 September 2014 Read More
Area 4 CET event - Sunday 28 September 2014
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Stansted Airport

A full day of interactive CET, covering ALL dispensing optician and contact lens optician competencies.

8.30am registration for 9.00am start, finish at 5.00pm

Highlights will include:

  • Up to 18 interactive CET points
  • Interactive workshops
  • Rimless repair skills workshop
  • Paediatric dispensing
  • Low vision
  • Peer discussion session
  • Special guest speaker Professor Mo Jalie
  • Interactive small group poster quiz
  • Exhibition
  • Refreshments and lunch included
  • Free goodie bag
  • Charity prize draw

Only £20.00 for ABDO members, £70.00 for non-members.

Click here to book online
President’s Consultation Day - 19 November, Birmingham

The next ABDO President’s Consultation Day will be held at the Aston Business School, The Aston Triangle, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7ET, on Wednesday 19 November 2014. All members are invited and welcome to attend.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at by Friday 31 October.

Principal Examiner

Low Vision in Ophthalmic Dispensing

ABDO currently has a vacancy within its team of principal examiners for the level 6 ophthalmic dispensing qualification and is looking for a principal examiner to write and produce three theory papers and marking schemes per year within the subject area of Low Vision in Ophthalmic Dispensing.

The post holder should posses an appropriate and/or professional expertise and experience in relation to the subject area to be assessed. This is likely to be reflected in their academic and/or professional qualifications and their current engagement in research, scholarly or professional activity.

It would be beneficial for the post holder to have current or recent experience of external examining in higher education or comparable experience, which demonstrates their competence to examine students in the proposed subject area at the appropriate level.

In order to provide sufficient time for the effective performance of their duties principal examiners should not normally be responsible for more than one subject area.

The appointment is for one year and will be reviewed at the end of the agreement.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae together with a letter outlining their experience in this field to:

Mark Chandler, Head of Examinations and Registration,
ABDO, The Old Dairy, Godmersham Park, Godmersham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7DT.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6 October 2014.

Ophthalmic Dispensing courses

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.

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

For more information click here
Dispensing Manager – Northern Ireland

Salary Scale £20,000-£28,000

Eglinton Eyecare, an award-winning and proactive independent opticians practice, is seeking to recruit a full time dispensing manager to join thier friendly, close-knit team. Providing an exceptional patient experience is paramount and Eglinton Eyecare is actively involved in the local community.

If you’re an enthusiastic and experienced dispensing optician with excellent commercial awareness and would enjoy the rewards of working in a supportive environment Eglinton Eyecare would love to hear from you. There will be the potential of progression to practice manager for the successful candidate.

Essential criteria:

  1. FBDO qualification
  2. A proven ability to provide exceptional levels of customer care and improve business performance
  3. Computer literacy

For an application pack please contact Jean Kelly, practice owner, on 028 7181 4991 or email

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