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18 December 2017
Issue 217
ABDO and ABDO College Christmas and New Year closing
Please note that the ABDO offices in London and Godmersham and ABDO College will close at 1.00pm on Friday 22 December and re-open at 9.00am on the 2 January 2018.

The telephone switchboard at ABDO College will be covered from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 December 2017.

In an emergency, please contact Pavan on 07951 086 840.

Guide to UK data protection law changes

Data protection law in the UK is changing, a guide to these important changes, aimed at optical practices, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and employees has been published by the Optical Confederation.

It clearly explains what they need to do when the changes come into effect on Friday 25 May.

Some of the important details of the new rules are not clear yet. As a Bill is still going through the UK Parliament and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has not completed its own guidance some of the full changes have not been finalised. The Confederation will publish updated detailed guidance when the rules are confirmed.

To view the initial guidance click here.

GOC consults on fitness to practise acceptance criteria Read More
Public opinion split on benefits of using machines in future delivery of eye care Read More
GOC launches Education Strategic Review concepts and principles consultation Read More
College of Optometrists’ funded research identifies weaknesses in optometric data Read More
Delete bogus emails sent from OptoManager

LOCSU has received information that a bogus email has been received by one Primary Eyecare Company Clinical Governance & Performance Lead purporting to come from Webstar / OptoManager.

Cegedim have checked their systems and confirmed that the email has not come from them.

Feel free to contact LOCSU or OptoManager Support for more information.

Please be alert and do not click on the link from any suspect email you may receive. Suspect emails should be disregarded and deleted.
ABDO membership benefits - Get festive with Virgin Wines
Winner of the Online Drinks Retailer of the Year 2017, Virgin Wines are not about selling big name wines made in huge factories using mass produced techniques. Instead, they sell boutique quality wines produced by small independent winemakers who make their wine for love and not money.

They believe in offering their customers exceptional value for money and their wine buyers constantly scour the globe to find the most delicious, best value wines available.  With next-day delivery straight to your door, a money back guarantee on every bottle and over 550 wines to choose from, why not take a leap and try something new?*

*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.

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Private Medical Plans from HMCA

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians has negotiated with HMCA to offer discounted rates for medical plans, dental plan, cash plans, personal accident plan, travel plan, income protection and vehicle breakdown products.

Are you paying too much for your present private medical plan? Why not take a look at the HMCA plans and compare the benefits and subscriptions offered? You may transfer to HMCA at any age and without a medical examination; there will be no break in protection and there is a 14 day money-back guarantee.

HMCA only offer medical plans to membership groups and can offer up to a 40% discount off the underwriter’s standard rates. This is a comprehensive plan which provides generous cash benefits for surgery and other charges.

Who are HMCA? - HMCA has specialised in providing benefits and services to associations and professional groups since the 1970s. HMCA is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

For further information and quotations contact HMCA by telephone on 01423 799 949 or visit the exclusive HMCA Association of British Dispensing Opticians website:

HMCA is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. All underwriters provide cover under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
ABDO Membership Services - Membership Officer

Following a review of staffing and future needs, a new post has been created in the ABDO Membership Services department.

The position of Membership Officer has been established to help and support the Head of Membership conduct and fulfil the executive functions of the department.

ABDO is seeking to recruit an ambitious and enthusiastic, qualified dispensing optician to this post.

Click here to find out more
Dispensing Optician - Tonbridge, Kent

£14.39 per hour plus pension benefits

Osborne Harle Ltd is a small specialist optometry practice in Tonbridge Kent. We offer both community ophthalmology and primary eye care clinics. We are staffed by two optometrists and two part time dispensing opticians. One of our dispensing opticians is now retiring and we are looking to replace her part time position with a full time role.

The successful candidate will work with our optometrist to provide excellent spectacle dispensing advice and services. They must be an ABDO member and GOC registered.

We can be flexible with working days and hours though most Saturday mornings will need to be worked. We have a pension scheme and staff can have all their optical appliances at cost.

For more information contact:

Dr Deacon E Harle, Osborne Harle Ltd, 1-3 Martin Hardie Way, Tonbridge TN10 4AE

Telephone: 01732 368 678
ABDO AT 100% OPTICAL • Saturday 27 January 2018 - Monday 29 January 2018 • ExCeL London, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL Read More
ABDO STUDENT REVISION EVENT • Wednesday 16 - Thursday 17 May 2018 • Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield ST15 0NL Read More
WCSM Qualifications - Available with training from ABDO College

A comprehensive education programme focused on driving up skill levels among support team members within the optical sector

Qualifications awarded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) range from Level 2 Optical Support to Level 4 Optical Technicians and Level 4 Diploma for Optical Assistants. The offer also includes Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs

WCSM qualifications now available with training from ABDO College:

  • Level 2 & Level 3 Optical Support
  • Level 4 Diploma for Optical Assistants
  • Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians
  • Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs

Qualifications Accredited in Scotland

  • SCQF Level 5 & Level 7 Certificate in Optical Care

Apply now for:
Level 2 and Level 3 optical support courses commencing on 31st January 2018
Fast Track SMC Tech for FBDOs course commencing on 10th January 2018

For further information and application forms, or to request a copy of the WCSM Courses Prospectus, please call the courses team at ABDO College 01227 738 829 (Option 1) or email

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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ABDO membership subcription renewal

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

Please ensure we receive your subsciption renewal payment before the 31 January 2018 deadline.

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

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