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25 November 2016
Issue 195
A celebration of success at Canterbury Cathedral
The 2016 ABDO graduation and prize giving ceremony held at Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday this week proved to be a great success with just over 850 people in attendance.

There was an marvellous celebratory atmosphere and this year’s ceremony and graduates were personally congratulated by ABDO president Fiona Anderson. During her opening address Fiona urged them “to never stop learning - every day is a school day - embrace all education and professional development, training and seminars which are on offer – ABDO provide high quality, stimulating CET to all members locally and nationally and I would love to see you at your local event.”

Further coverage of the 2016 ceremony will appear in Dispensing Optics.

Next year's ceremony will be held at Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Pictured above - The prize winners
Back row, left to right: Monika Reinberger-Smith, Emma Worden, Mark Hall, Victoria Brydon, Matthew Jenkins, Lucy Bossom, Lim Chia Huey
Front row, left to right: Sarah Stewart, Laura Sparke, Claire Gaston, Emily McDonald

Click here to view the 2016 ceremony handbook
GOC registration fees to increase by 3.1 per cent

The GOC Council has agreed a registration fee of £330 for the coming year for optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses. This represents a £10 (3.1 per cent) increase.

To encourage prompt payment, registrants will need to pay the £330 fee by 15 March 2017. If they pay after this date, but before the final deadline of 31 March 2017, the fee will be £350.

The Council has also discussed longer-term fee planning and believe that any future fee increases should be moderate.

The GOC has also increased its student registration fee from £25 to £30 and has introduced initial registration fees to reflect the costs to the GOC of verifying qualifications and other supporting documents.

The GOC’s registration fees rules are available on its website:

BCLA conference celebrates landmark anniversary
The British Contact Lens Association is preparing to mark its 40th anniversary, and is pledging to look to the future as well as celebrate the past.

The BCLA will officially celebrate its 40th year at next year’s Clinical Conference and Exhibition. Hundreds of eye care professionals are expected to attend the glittering event, which will include world-renowned guest speakers, hands-on workshops and a spectacular 40th Anniversary dinner.

BCLA president Brian Tompkins said: “The world was a very different place in 1977 and the BCLA has changed as well. Reaching 40 gives us the chance to celebrate the huge strides the industry has made, particularly in regards to embracing the new technology we have at our disposal, but it also allows to look back with pride at our achievements. We want to make this an occasion to remember and bring the industry together as one. The next 40 years promises to be just as exciting, perhaps even more so, and we want the BCLA family to be able to enjoy it together.”

The conference, due to be held 9 - 11 June at the ACC in Liverpool, is the biggest of its kind within the contact lens industry and offers delegates the chance to keep up to date with the latest research, trends and best practice. Keynote speakers will include Professor Lyndon Jones, Associate Professor Jennifer Craig, Dr Eef van der Worp and Dr Michel Guillon.

Eye care professionals have been given the chance to help shape the content of the programme of workshops and education sessions to compliment the research, focusing on the key trends within modern contact lens practice, with a host of papers expected to be submitted on topics related to contact lenses and the anterior eye.

BCLA chief executive Cheryl Donnelly said: “By contributing to an action-packed programme, eye care professionals can play their part in helping to shape the future of our industry, passing on their experience to others and bringing best practice to the wider public – benefitting eye care professionals and patients alike.”

Early bird tickets will be available to book from December.

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Earn up to 15% retail cashback at major retailers
From the food (the glorious food) to the prezzies, Christmas can be costly. Through ABDO Membership Benefits you can earn up to 15% cashback at dozens of major retailers (including Sainsbury’s, M&S, Debenhams and H.Samuel) and show your bank balance some Yuletide love.

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

2017 ABDO gala dinner

The 2017 ABDO gala dinner will be held during Optrafair on Sunday 2 April at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

The gala dinner is a unique networking event for dispensing opticians and other professionals from across the optical sector. It provides a valuable opportunity to meet friends within the dispensing profession and foster new relationships in an informal atmosphere.

Click here to read more and to book online
The student revision event of 2017

Two days covering full FQE practical revision, portfolio content and peer discussion

Wednesday 3rd to Thursday 4th May 2017

Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0NL

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WCSM courses available through ABDO College

The WCSM courses available through ABDO College range from Level 2 Optical Support to Level 4 Optical Technicians. The programme also includes Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs. WCSM courses currently available from ABDO College include:

  • Level 2 & Level 3 Optical Support
  • Level 2 & Level 3 Diploma in Optical Retail Skills
  • Level 2 & Level 3 Diploma in Manufacturing Spectacles
  • Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians
  • Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs
  • SCQF Level 5 & Level 7 Certificate in Optical Care

All of these courses lead to qualifications awarded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

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