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Association News
12 May 2017
Issue 204
GOC appoints new chief executive

The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced the appointment of Vicky McDermott as its new chief executive and registrar.

Vicky, who will take up the position on 4 September 2017, will replace Samantha Peters, the current chief executive and registrar.

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GOC Council news Read More
GOC publishes guidance on gaining valid consent Read More
GOC publishes Strategic Plan for next three years Read More
GOC thanks optical industry and patients for Love Your Lenses support Read More
ACLM 2016 contact lens statistics Read More
EUROMCONTACT releases 2016 market data report Read More
Eyecare review in Scotland recommends more community services Read More
Vision Express announces acquisition of Tesco Opticians Read More
VISION 2020 UK launches Welsh pathway for children and young people Read More
College of Optometrists holds parliamentary event on dementia and visual impairment Read More
What's new in EyecareFAQ?

New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find an infographic to share on the subject of 'swimming for children who wear spectacles'

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
Income Protection Plus Plan from HMCA

If you found yourself unable to work due to accident or illness, could you afford to keep up with your financial commitments whilst you recover?

Income Protection Plus from HMCA provides you with a tailored plan that pays you a regular income should you find yourself off work due to injury or illness, an income that will help you pay the bills whilst you recover.

You can review your plan with us at any time, to ensure you have the right amount of cover to suit your personal circumstances. This includes being able to take a break in cover.

If you would like to take a career break, you are able to suspend cover for up to two years and then resume at the original level without re-applying.

There is no limit to the number of claims you can make and your policy can start as soon as we receive the first payment.

The plan comes with an investment element, which pays out at maturity of your policy on your reaching 65.

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For further information and a quote on the Income Protection Plus Plan visit the HMCA website at or call the Enquiry Line on 01727 228 571

HMCA Care Limited (trading as HMCA Care) is an Introducer Appointed Representative of PG Mutual, the trading name of Pharmaceutical & General Provident Society Limited.

PG Mutual registered office: 11 Parkway, Porters Wood, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 6PA. Incorporated in the United Kingdom under the Friendly Societies Act 1992, Registered Number 462F. PG Mutual is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, Firm Reference Number 110023

Become a dispensing optician and get a degree

Foundation Degree / BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing

Working in partnership, ABDO College and Canterbury Christ Church University are proud to offer a comprehensive blended learning degree course for prospective dispensing opticians:

  • The only blended learning degree course in ophthalmic dispensing available in the UK
  • Leads to a BSc (Hons) degree and the registerable FBDO qualification
  • Equips students with the ability to problem-solve within the practice, benefiting both students and their employers
  • Establishes a platform to build further career advancement
  • In most cases, student finance is available
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Vision Express is joining forces with charity partner, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) during Retinoblastoma (Rb) Awareness Week (8-14 May 2017) in a bid to highlight the importance of children’s eye health.

The initiative follows research commissioned by CHECT, which reveals over two thirds of parents have never had their child’s eyes checked. In support of the week, survivors of retinoblastoma (Rb), a rare eye cancer, aged from just three to thirteen years old, will help host drop-in clinics for under-16s, in selected Vision Express stores.

From Monday 8th to Friday 12th May, under-16s and their parents are invited to events at Vision Express stores in London White City, York, Birmingham, Sheffield and Gateshead for a free NHS eye test, from 3pm until 7pm. With routine eye tests in school no longer mandatory, the onus is on parents to safeguard the sight of their families.

Vision Express hopes the initiative will encourage parents to take their children for regular eye tests and to recognise the impact early detection can have in Rb cases. Approximately one child is diagnosed with Rb every week, and while 98 per cent of those diagnosed will survive, they may face having an eye removed or have lasting sight impairment issues.

Vision Express has enjoyed a partnership with CHECT since 2010, using initiatives to raise awareness of Rb and drive donations for the charity.

Pictured above: Corey Scott before he underwent treatment at the age of two, for retinoblastoma, which is visible in his left eye. Corey will visit Vision Express Metrocentre on Friday 12 May.
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