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Association News
1 December 2017
Issue 216
Barry Duncan appointed as deputy chief executive
The ABDO board has agreed to the appointment of Barry Duncan as deputy chief executive of the Association with effect from 1 January 2018.

Barry Duncan qualified as a dispensing optician in 1999, served on the ABDO board and was subsequently President from 2008 to 2010.

Since joining the ABDO executive team in 2012, Barry has overseen the reform of the Association’s organisation, the appointment of the new National Clinical Committee and spearheaded the drive for MECs accreditation for CLOs.

ABDO CEO, Tony Garrett said, "I am delighted that Barry has agreed to take on this enhanced role at what is an incredibly busy time for the Association and when we face considerable change in the months and years ahead."

Barry will retain his overall responsibility for policy and development but will be taking on a wider responsibility across the organisation to deliver the objectives of the ABDO board.

Barry Duncan said, "I am delighted to have this opportunity to take on extra responsibility within ABDO. This is an exciting time for the profession and our members and I look forward to contributing towards our continued success."

ABDO Membership Services - Membership Officer

Following a review of staffing and future needs, a new post has been created in the ABDO Membership Services department.

The position of Membership Officer has been established to help and support the Head of Membership conduct and fulfil the executive functions of the department.

ABDO is seeking to recruit an ambitious and enthusiastic, qualified dispensing optician to this post.

Click here for more information and how to apply

Julian Jackson is planning to walk approximately 1,000 miles through Great Britain, starting 1 May 2018 at Land’s End (Cornwall) and finishing at John O’Groats (Scotland) sometime around 27 June, taking 8 weeks to complete this challenge.

Julian lost his sight in 2010 to a retinal inherited disease and has a personal and professional interest in the daily battles being waged in hospitals and universities across the UK to prevent sight loss, treat eye disease, restore sight and improve the quality of life for patients through enhanced rehabilitation.

Accompanied and guided by members of the public, voluntary sector representatives and patient support groups, researchers, eye health and health care professionals, Julian will be visiting as many eye clinics, eye hospitals and community centres along the route as possible, sharing experiences with patients and practitioners and promoting the wonders of eye research.

Michael Potter, ABDO's head of marketing and communications, said “ABDO is delighted to support this worthy event and wishes all participants every success. The Association also encourages its members to become actively involved and contribute in any way they can.”

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Full Programme announced for Optometry Tomorrow 2018

The programme for Optometry Tomorrow, the College of Optometrists’ annual two-day conference has been announced. The conference, taking place from 18-19 March 2018, will include a keynote speech by Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, an eye surgeon, inventor, 2014 TED fellow and CEO of Peek Vision.

Dr. Bastawrous, who is increasing access to eye care worldwide through his company's innovative smartphone-based ophthalmoscope and multiple vision tests apps, will deliver his speech entitled, ‘Using public health principles, smartphone technology and innovative financing to radically increase access to eye care’. Speaking about his keynote, he said; “It’s great to be given the opportunity to speak at the UK’s leading clinical optometry event. As an ophthalmologist, I’ve witnessed unhelpful divides between the ophthalmic and optometric community, in many places these divides lead to people not having access to life changing services. I know how important the role of the optometry sector is and that together we can provide much needed access to millions who don’t have it.”

The conference will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel and will offer cutting-edge lectures, seminars, peer discussion and hands-on clinical and discussion workshops. Speakers include Kam Balaggan, who will present on VMT macular holes and is returning to the conference due to popular demand. Professor James Wolffsohn will be presenting on the DEWS II report, Dr Nicola Logan will lecture on myopia control and Dr Pearse Keane will be leading a seminar on binocular OCT.

Visit the Optomerty Tomorrow website for more details and to book tickets. You can also call the College’s events team on 020 7766 4347 for more information.

Read more about Dr. Andrew Bastawrous and watch his TED Talk on the TED website.

ABDO AT 100% OPTICAL • Saturday 27 January 2018 - Monday 29 January 2018 • ExCeL London, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL Read More
ABDO STUDENT REVISION EVENT • Wednesday 16 - Thursday 17 May 2018 • Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield ST15 0NL Read More
Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs
• Course starts in January 2018

This fast track level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians qualification is awarded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

The SMC (Tech) qualification is regarded by many as the ‘Gold Standard’ for the industry and will entitle qualified persons to use the letters ‘SMC (Tech)’ after their name.

This fast track course enables DOs to qualify in this area and thereby increase knowledge of production & glazing methods and broaden their skills and experience. This benefits the practice in terms of having additional qualified resource on hand to supplement the existing lab team and to provide cover for holidays and sickness when required.

The course covers the elements of glazing and the technician’s role that do not form part of the FBDO qualification. There are written assignments and a workshop on how to glaze. For experienced glazers there is no requirement to attend the workshop.

This course runs once a year and starts in January and leads to examinations in December. The examination will include three theory papers and a practical assessment. A theory revision day will be run towards the end of each course.

CET points
The distance learning element of this course consists of 10 papers, each one is worth 1 CET point.

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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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In 2018 Optrafair celebrates its 40th anniversary

The show organisers have to announced new features, covering all aspects of practice life and representing the entire optical sector for 2018.

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