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4 July 2015
Issue 159
ABDO Board Elections 2015
First Board member from Northern Ireland

There were three places available for election to the ABDO Board this year and only three nominations were received. Therefore there will not be a ballot in 2015.

Mr Keith Cavaye and Mr Kevin Milsom are duly re-elected to serve for another three years.

Mrs Gerardine (Geri) Dynan (pictured) joins the Board for the first time replacing Mr Kevin Gutsell who had resigned from the Board. Geri is an ABDO practical examiner and works in a practice in Belfast and is the first Board member from Northern Ireland.

ABDO is delighted to announce the introduction of the first student and supervisor revision zone at its annual conference.

Running parallel to the main conference, this pilot event will allow students to practice for their Preliminary Qualifying Examinations (PQE) and Final Qualifying Examinations (FQE) under the guiding hand of Alicia Thompson, director of professional examinations and her team of experienced ABDO examiners. Rosemary Bailey will be attending with some of the contact lens examining team to provide revision for contact lens students.


  • Prepare for all sections of the PQE
  • Prepare for all sections of the FQE
  • Obtain advice on portfolio completion
  • Choose to attend only the preferred elements of the revision training
  • Attend contact lens practical exam revision training
  • Attend the main conference and lectures* in between revision sessions

*Subject to availability

Click here to read more and register online
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Through ABDO membership benefits, ABDO members receive an extra 5% saving off all hotels*.

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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.

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Distance learning tutors required

ABDO College is looking to recruit a number of distance learning tutors. The course will run from August to December, with a view to taking on your first students in February.

Applicants must have passed the ABDO level 6 ophthalmic dispensing final theory examinations at the first attempt.

If you would like to apply, please email Claire Raffill at for application forms and questionnaires.

The 2015 ABDO Conference and Exhibition will be held at Manchester Central - an award winning venue located in the heart of city centre Manchester.


Sunday 20 and Monday 21 September 2015, Manchester Central

The comprehensive conference programme will cover all of the required CET competencies and delegates will be able to attain up to 27 CET points over the two days.

  • CET for DOs, CLOs and optometrists
  • Workshops and lectures
  • AOP stream - both days
  • BCLA stream - Sunday 20 September
  • Safeguarding training for DOs - Monday 21 September
  • Student revision zone
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