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24 November 2017
Issue 215
Celebration of success at Canterbury Cathedral
The 2017 ABDO graduation and prize giving ceremony, held at Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday this week, was a great success with over 800 people in attendance.

Further coverage of the 2017 ceremony will appear in Dispensing Optics.

Next year's ceremony will be held at Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday 23 November 2018.

Click here to view the 2017 ceremony handbook
Extended Services for Contact Lens Opticians: England

ABDO had produced a guide for members entitled ‘Extended Services for Contact Lens Opticians: England’.

The Assocation urges CLOs to get involved; to view the guide click here.

Child Safeguarding – Level 2

Around 17 per cent of ABDO members have now completed the Child Safeguarding course and received their Level 2 Certificates. Completion of this will give you a recognised qualification once you have passed. These could be displayed in your practice.

This course has been written and funded by ABDO exclusively for its DO members and externally accredited. It has been CET-approved for 1 point: C-50012 for dispensing opticians.

Dispensing opticians (DOs) are the only professional group which has a specific competency for paediatric dispensing. For that reason, and to satisfy local and national protocols, the dispensing optician must have, as well as the GOC-regulated elements of this competency, a qualification relating to the safeguarding of children.

There is a wealth of resources dedicated to child safeguarding. In the compiling of this training course, materials and references provided by a number of safeguarding organisations and charities have been combined, as well as referencing UK government guidelines.

The course consists of three modules, each composed of three parts. The total time to complete the course is approximately two hours, but you can return to the course and it will resume where you left it. There is a final assessment, and on satisfactory completion of the assessment you will be able to print a personalised Level 2 child safeguarding certificate as evidence of your completion. The course will be updated regularly, and you should recomplete the course as refresher training every three years as a minimum.

The course can be accessed via the ABDO website once you have logged in. Just click on CET on the left hand side of the screen and select Child Safeguarding from the list below.

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News from LOCSU

To view November’s edition of LOCSU Latest click here.

LOCSU has also published its annual report, to read more click here.

To view the LOCSU's NOC Special Edition newsletter click here.

Student Revision Event

Exclusively sponsored by Essilor

Wednesday 16th to Thursday 17th May 2018

Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield ST15 0NL

At ABDO we’re passionate about providing events that are in line
with your needs and requirements. This not to be missed event
follows on from the highly successful event of 2017. You will have
access to great expertise as each tutor is a current and
experienced ABDO Practical Examiner.

Revision will utilise a variety of methods including lecture,
hands-on practical, peer discussion and visual recognition.
So don’t miss out, book your place now!

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Cinemas discounts with ABDO membership benefits

Want to catch the latest blockbusters on the big screen, and save money on tickets? ABDO members can save up to 40% on cinema tickets at major cinema chains like Cineworld, Showcase and Empire as well as many Independent Cinemas including Hollywood Cinemas, Merlin and Reel*.

*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. Discounts vary between cinema venues. Please check when booking. This ABDO membership benefit is managed on behalf of ABDO by Parliament Hill Ltd.

Order Tickets
Click here to find out more about HMCA benefits for ABDO members
What's new in EyecareFAQ?

New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find an infographic to share on the subject of keratoconus.

Get involved with EyecareFAQ, ABDO’s campaign to help consumers learn more about looking after their eyes, and the role of the registered dispensing optician.

You can use any of the EyecareFAQ answers, images and infographics on your own blog or website. Follow, like and share these useful resources on your practice and personal social media channels, to help the public learn about eyecare and promote the role of the registered dispensing optician.

You can find EyecareFAQ at:

or visit the EyecareFAQ section of the ABDO website and promote the role of the registered dispensing optician.

Click here to access the infographic and the embedded code
Special discount for ABDO members

ABDO Scotland members can obtain Sunday tickets for £99 instead of £195

ABDO members can obtain discounted tickets for EYECARE. To obtain the discounts on offer, ABDO delegates are required to enter the following discount codes at the checkout of the website:

ABDO members in scotland

  • ABDO Scotland 2 day
    Redeemable against Autmnal offer
  • ABDO Scotland 1 day
    Redeemable against Sunday or Monday passes

ABDO members in the rest of the UK

  • ABDO England 2 day
    Redeemable against Autmnal offer
  • ABDO England 1 day
    Redeemable against Sunday or Monday passes
Click here to find out more and to book online
Donate online and double your Christmas gift to Vision Aid Overseas between 28 Nov – 5 Dec
Will you help make double the difference this Christmas by supporting Vision Aid Overseas to continue its programme in Sierra Leone?

Vision Aid Overseas urgently needs help so that they can continue to work in Sierra Leone, where the Vision Aid Overseas Supported Vision Centres and trained eye care workers are the only providers of affordable eye care services and spectacles for a population of 1.6 million people in the Eastern province.

"Despite being rich in natural resources, Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries with only two qualified optometrists and six Vision Centres in the public sector serving the country’s population of over 7 million people. The donations raised will enable Vision Aid Overseas to strengthen three Vision Centres in the Eastern Province, provide ten optometry technicians with training and support outreach services to the more isolated communities", said Anne Buglass, director of programmes.

To help Vision Aid Overseas continue its work in Sierra Leone, they have been selected to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign starting at midday on “Giving Tuesday” 28 November 2017 and ending midday 5 December 2017.

During the 7-day giving window, Vision Aid Overseas has the opportunity to double the £19,525 pledged by their supporters in August to £39,050 online by 5th December. The donations raised online will give Vision Aid Overseas a huge boost towards raising the £75,000 needed to continue their work in Sierra Leone. So, please donate online and make your donation go twice as far.

Every £5 you give can turn into £10! That’s one eye test and a pair of glasses to two eye tests and two pairs of glasses.

To donate click here (Don’t forget, donations will only get doubled between Midday Tuesday 28th November until Midday Tuesday 5 December 2017).

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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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