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14 August 2015
Issue 162
ABDO conference – new lower delegate fees
ABDO is pleased to announce that exhibition spaces for the ABDO conference are now fully booked and additional sponsorship has been secured for the event.

Therefore, thanks to the continued support and generosity of our industry partners, the Association is now able to pass on a reduction in delegate fees to attendees.

Fees for attending the ABDO conference will now reduce from the original published prices of £95 for a one-day delegate pass and £190 for a two-day delegate pass to £50 and £100 respectively. The delegate fees include lunch, coffee breaks and an extensive CET programme, including first class speakers, where all the competencies are covered to help delegates meet their GOC requirements.

Refunds for delegates who have already registered prior to the fee change will be processed in the coming days by ABDO Membership Services, therefore those delegates can rest assured that they do not need to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of education and networking.

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Come and meet the Guide Dogs at the ABDO conference
Free demonstration with CET points available

Most of us take our daily journeys for granted in the comfort of knowing we can walk safely along a pavement and cross roads without the constant fear of accidents. This is a luxury that people with sight loss do not have.

For the first time ever at the ABDO conference there will be a Guide Dog Demonstration highlighting the difficulties of sight loss, the emotional impact this can have on the individual and the dangers that a blind person faces each time they leave their home.

There will be rolling demonstrations throughout the day so pop along and find out more. Book your free exhibition tickets and benefit from this demonstration for free.

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AOP stream at the ABDO conference

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has teamed up with ABDO to offer a two-day education stream during the ABDO conference in Manchester next month.

The diverse programme will see the AOP’s clinical adviser, Trevor Warburton, present on the important topic of making accurate General Ophthalmic Services claims, as well as a representative from the AOP’s legal team discussing 'Staying on the right side of the law (and the GOC)'.

Other speakers include Professor Andy McNaught presenting on 'There’s life in the ophthalmoscope, yet' and Pearse Keane discussing 'Binocular OCT – reinventing the eye examination'. In addition, Guide Dogs’ Kerry Singleton will be 'Busting the myths about severe sight loss and blindness'.

A total of 13 CET points are available across the AOP’s education stream, which will also feature a children’s vision Peer Review led by OT multimedia clinical editor, Ceri Smith-Jaynes.

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ABDO examination results now released

The ABDO Examinations department released all of the latest examination results on Wednesday 12 August. The results were sent out by 1st class post and in all cases sent to practice addresses.

Congratuations to all those who passed their exams!

Government announces 1 per cent fee increase for GOS

The Government has announced that it will impose a 1 per cent increase in fees for services provided under the GOS contract. This offer had been rejected by the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC), the negotiating body for the optical sector.

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NHS ophthalmic fees for 2015

The Department of Health has published the NHS ophthalmic fees for 2015.

  • The new sight test fee is: £21.31
  • The fee for domiciliary visits is: £37.56

The letter setting out all new rates can be viewed by clicking here.

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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.

The ABDO College 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 2016
  • 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 2015

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

Macular Conditions and Low Vision

Friday 30 October 2015, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield

This course will review:

  • Recent developments for Macular Degeneration
  • OCT interpretation & case studies
  • Low vision training

The course is aimed at optometrists and dispensing opticians. CET points are available for attendance.

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GOC responds to PSA’s ‘Rethinking regulation’ report

The General Optical Council (GOC) has responded to the Professional Standards Authority’s (PSA) report, ‘Rethinking regulation’.

GOC chief executive and registrar, Samantha Peters said: “The PSA’s report raises some very important issues about the future of healthcare regulation, and we encourage others to join a wider debate on this. It is essential we properly and comprehensively consider the best ways in which to approach the future of regulation, and the PSA’s report is a welcome step forward in initiating this conversation.

“We have already been pushing for legislative change in the shape of the Law Commissions’ Bill and were disappointed that this was not included in the Queen’s Speech. We are keen to see changes to the current legal framework to enable us and other regulators to enhance our role in public protection, and we welcome the opportunity to debate this further.”

GOC consults on voluntary code of practice for online contact lens suppliers

The GOC has launched a consultation on a voluntary code of practice for online contact lens suppliers to make it safer for people to buy contact lenses online. The draft code of practice is designed to improve the practice of online contact lens suppliers and encourage people who buy online to have regular aftercare appointments and eye examinations. Similar to other online health channels, suppliers who sign up to the code will be able to display an endorsement logo, making it easier for the public to find online suppliers who follow good practice.

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