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9 January 2015
Issue 151
Optical sector granted new use of the NHS logo
The Optical Confederation and OFNC have announced that optometrists, opticians and optical businesses may now use the NHS logo to signpost the NHS services they offer in England.

This development comes following discussion throughout 2014 between the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC), the Department of Health and NHS England.

Community optics in England can now join with other primary care colleagues – including pharmacists, dentists and community audiologists – in being able to display the NHS logo on practice fronts and in certain communications.

The Optical Confederation has worked with the Department of Health and NHS England to develop guidance for practitioners about the correct use of the logo. This is now available on the NHS Brand Guidelines website.

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GOC seek registrants for Hearings Panel

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a campaign to recruit 20 registrants to its Hearings Panel.

The regulator is seeking 12 optometrists and eight dispensing opticians to fill the vacancies, which have arisen because the current panel’s terms expire on 30 June 2015.

Applications close on Monday 9 February at 17:00. Members of the Panel sit in two capacities:

  • as members of the Fitness to Practise (FTP) Committee – this judges whether a registrant’s fitness to practise is impaired. If they find that it is, there are a range of sanctions they can impose against the registrant; and
  • as members of the Registration Appeals Committee – this is constituted to hear and determine any appeals against any decision of the Registrar refusing to enter the name of an individual or body corporate on, or to restore it to, the appropriate Register.

GOC chair, Gareth Hadley, said: “We are looking for individuals who are able to bring a fresh perspective, which means recruiting from a wide range of backgrounds. Given the increasing divergence in the way our registrants are delivering their services, this includes representation from all four of the UK nations. We also particularly welcome applications from women and ethnic minorities. Applicants must be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills, the ability to process large volumes of often complex material, exercise judgment, and demonstrate a strong capacity for empathy.”

These are part time roles with a commitment of approximately 20 days per annum. They are remunerated at £300 per day. The initial tenure will be three years with the possibility of serving a maximum ten year term, subject to satisfactory annual appraisals. Most meetings are held in central London.

For more information, or to apply click here.

Optical Workforce Survey - please tell us your views

The College of Optometrists is leading the Optical Workforce Survey to gain a clearer picture of the optical workforce. The survey will gather key information about dispensing opticians and optometrists to build a picture of current workforce levels and the issues that will impact on its future.

At a time of increasing GOC registrant numbers, coupled with an aging population and a changing healthcare system, it is more important than ever to gather this evidence, without which it will be impossible to address any question about the current and future requirements for the optometry and optical professions as a workforce.

We would really appreciate you taking the time to complete this questionnaire and tell us your views. The questionnaire should take up to 30 minutes to complete and is divided into 9 sections. Some questions are compulsory in order to progress through to the end.

To take part in the survey please click here

Please note the questionnaire is only to be completed by fully qualified dispensing opticians.

All responses are anonymous. The design of the questionnaire allows you to 'go back' and change answers as needed.

CET for DOs and CLOs available at Optometry Tomorrow
Dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians can now benefit from gaining interactive CET points with Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens competencies at Optometry Tomorrow 2015.

The College of Optometrists’ annual conference offers up to 15 interactive CET points for delegates with a two day ticket, and for the first time ever for 2015, some sessions will also offer CET points with DO and CL competencies.

The conference will take place at the Brighton Centre from 8-9 March 2015.

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GOC appoints Glenn Tomison and Rosie Glazebrook to Council Read More
GOC publishes 2013-14 annual report Read More
GOC appoints new director of fitness to practise Read More
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ABDO’s Contact Lens Committee seeks to expand its membership

The contact lens committee exists to support ABDO members in all matters relating to contact lenses, and meets two to four times per year, usually at ABDO’s London offices.

ABDO members who would be interested in joining the group should write to Jane Burnand including details of experience, plus a few words describing the specific contribution which they feel that they could make to the contact lens committee.

Dry eye preparations update Read More
ABDO membership benefits: Savings on Cottage Holidays
Save a guaranteed 10% on cottage and short break holidays in the UK and Europe with CottageStayUK.

They work with over 14,000 cottages and villas in the UK and Europe to give members maximum choice*.

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*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.
LOCSU Board recruitment deadline looming
There's only a few days to go to submit nominations for either of the two vacant LOCSU Board member positions.

LOCSU is looking to recruit two new Board members; one to represent LOCs in the north of England region and one to represent LOCs in the south of England region.

Nominations and applications will only be considered from LOCs and LOC officers from either region. You can check your eligibility to nominate or apply by visiting the full list of LOCs for both regional vacancies by clicking here.

LOCs in the north and south of England regions are invited to nominate candidates for the positions and LOC Officers across both regions have been sent details of the recruitment process direct.

Applications close on Monday 12 January 2015.

For further details click here
Membership subcription renewal

ABDO membership subscription renewal notices were sent to members in December. If you haven't already done so, your membership subsription fee can now be paid online at by logging into the Members' Area.

If you have not received a renewal notice, please look online for the amount outstanding. If there are any problems or changes please email

Register now
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