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22 April 2016
Issue 180
ABDO presidential handover and special awards
Fiona Anderson became the new ABDO president during a presidential handover ceremony at the 2016 ABDO gala dinner held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Sunday 10 March.

Fiona thanked outgoing president, Peter Black, for his dedication and hard work during the three years that he held the post and then handed-over the vice presidency to Clive Marchant.

During a moving speech overviewing his time as president, Peter Black announced that he would not be seeking to stand for re-election in the forthcoming ABDO board election, however as immediate past president he will duly become an advisor to the board for a period of two years.

In her inaugural address Fiona Anderson also outlined the challenges ahead and mentioned the welcoming support and strength of ‘the ABDO family’.

Special awards were also presented at the gala dinner with Life Membership being awarded to Kevin Milsom, Huntly Taylor and Paula Stevens. Thurailingam Pavanakumar was awarded Honorary Fellowship by Peter Black and Gil Smith was awarded The Hamblin Memorial Prize by Eddie Watson of Boots Opticians.

Pictured above: Clive Marchant, Fiona Anderson and Peter Black
ABDO board – Election of directors 2016

A reminder that nominations should be submitted no later than 10am on Thursday 9 June 2016.

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GOC registrants demonstrate ongoing fitness to practise

The General Optical Council (GOC) has released figures showing that the vast majority of opticians have demonstrated their continuing fitness to practise by meeting the requirements of its Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme.

The GOC removed just 160 registrants for failing to meet their CET requirements for the 2013-15 cycle – less than one per cent of the register.

The GOC has also removed a further 135 individual registrants from its registers for failure to apply for retention by the 31 March deadline.

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Demand for hospital eye clinic appointments and community eye services discussed in parliament Read More
Sight loss–dementia link ignored, MP warns Read More
ABDO on Linked In

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians is now active on Linked In. Search for Association of British Dispensing Opticians or follow the link,, for news every week about what’s going on in the professional world of optics.

Help shape the future of your profession

Apply now to become an ABDO National Clinical Committee Member, Regional Lead or Sub Regional Lead.


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ABDO and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme for the third consecutive year. 'ABDO Insight 2016’ explores the latest innovations and the changing role of dispensing opticians was recently premiered at Optrafair. An extended version of the ABDO Insight 2016 programme will be released later in the year.

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Consultation Day with the Areas

The next Consultation Day with the ABDO Areas will be held on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at The Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB. All ABDO members are invited and welcome to attend.

Registration and coffee will be from 10.00am – 10.30am and the Consultation Day will finish at 3.30pm.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at

ABDO CET - change of email address

Please note the ABDO CET office has changed its email address from and to with immediate effect.

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ABDO College is now taking applications for its popular dispensing and contact lens revision courses, to be held at the College in Godmersham.

The courses will be held on 31st May and 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 6th June 2016.

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Foundation Degree/BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing Read More
Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs Read More
Distance learning tutors required Read More
The Principles of Ophthalmic Lenses (5th Edition)

The new 5th edition of The Principles of Ophthalmic Lenses, by Professor Mo Jalie, is now available from the ABDO College Bookshop.

The new 5th edition includes four new chapters, plus five appendices and all other chapters have been updated and modernised with the latest technology being described in detail.

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