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COVID-19 and professional issues for primary healthcare, a free webinar
This webinar is available to non RSM members and is produced by the General Practice with Primary Health Care Section RSM
Following the increased measures on face masks The College, backed by ABDO and FODO make recommendations
Do staff who work behind a screen or who are more than 2m from patients have to wear a face covering?Plus information on Business Covid Help.
1 October 2020 VAT changes for Opticians, more of a simplification than radical change
Very little has changed since the original business briefing on VAT accounting for Optical and Hearing practices co-written by Shaun King (then,Ernst Young) and Bob Hutchinson (Past Chair FODO) on behalf of the profession.
Bob Hutchinson, (Eros Business Consulting Ltd) comments on these changes:
Covid-19 pandemic affects Patient Treatment Plans
News has arrived about the Braemar Finance House’s decision to remove themselves from providing Patient Treatment Finance to Optical and Dental patients.
Girl’s sight is saved thanks to Hamilton optometrist
In a poignant story about the importance of regular eyecare for Children in National Eye Health Week ( 21-27 September 2020) Specsavers tell the story about a fourteen-year-old girl and her family from Hamilton, Scotland
Two West Midlands organisations chosen for prestigious healthcare programme
West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has collaborated with partners from across Europe to develop UPrAIHSe, a ground-breaking skills programme which will upskill healthcare leaders.
Point of Sale Innovation by INVU
Tools such as lens testers and glare demonstrators are widely used by optical retailers to demonstrate the unique benefits of polarized sunglasses.
NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales
NHS COVID-19 app launches nationwide to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing. Read about the app and see the video here
Refreshed pathway for People with Learning Disabilities now available
LOCSU has been working in partnership with SeeAbility, Mencap, ABDO and WOPEC to refresh the clinical pathway to support over 1.2 million people in England who have a learning disability.
SILMO 2020 SILMO D'OR Nominees
SILMO Organisers have provided Opchat News with the Companies nominated at the 27th Silmo d’Or
AAOF announces the 2020 KORB-EXFORD DRY EYE CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANT RECIPIENT
The AAOF is pleased to announce William Ngo, OD, PhD, FAAO as this year’s recipient of the Korb - Exford Dry Eye Career Development Grant.
"Go live date" for the new paper GOS forms
As many practices are in the middle of transitioning to the new online GOS claims system, to help make roll outs as smooth as possible, PCSE has moved the date for the introduction of new paper forms to 1 November.
GOC suspends Huddersfield based optometrist
The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend an optometrist based in Huddersfield, from its register for three months.
Measure what you could save on Measuring IOPs
Grafton Optical launch the ORA® G3 Business Case Calculator and invite you to TAKE THE TONOMETRY CHALLENGE to see what you could save if you made the switch
Ocuco repeats highly successful webinar on Paediatric Optometry, by popular demand.
Back by popular demand: CET accredited clinical lecture on Paediatric Optometry brought to you by Ocuco
IACLE reports success of TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative
The International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ TLC Initiative to support educators, their students and the contact lens industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, has been a major success since it launched three months ago today.
New BCLA webinar will give tips on growing your contact lens business
Helping eye care professionals to grow their contact lens business will be the subject of the next BCLA webinar, with the session giving a series of top tips and advice.
CHECT warns of ignorance of Childhood eye cancers
One third of parents say a squint is NOT a symptom of childhood eye cancer
Cegedim Rx, company providing OptoManager withdraws services.
Following Cegedim's announcement LOCSU states it is supporting LOCs and PECs as Cegedim Rx withdraws from UK market
Paskal 3d simulates night driving vision
The end of British Summer Time on 25th October is set to throw thousands of motorists into darker driving conditions and many turning to their optometrist for help.
The GOC have published a statement on the service of registration notices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this statement the GOC set out how they will serve notices under the GOC Registration Rules 2005 (‘Rules’) during the COVID-19 emergency.
New BCLA President urges members to ‘do things differently’ if they want to be the best
The new President of the BCLA, Indie Grewal, has urged eye care practitioners to focus on how they can “do things differently” in order to provide patients with the best possible service.
Vision Aid Overseas to close recycling scheme
Vision Aid Overseas has ended its recycling scheme in the UK and will no longer accept used spectacles
RCOphth disagrees with latest NICE guideline on Cataract Services
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is responding to the NICE rapid guideline on Covid-19 testing and the potential adverse effect on the return to routine cataract surgery.
The College has modified and continues to adapt its Pandemic Guidance
Further modifications to its Pandemic Guidance have been made by the College of Optometrists
RNIB Scotland warns of E-Scooter dangers
Sight loss charity RNIB Scotland has welcomed news that moves to trial the use of rented e-scooters north of the border have been put on hold.
ABDO takes another look at the GOC ESR Consultation
The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has set out fresh analysis to contribute to the debate about the GOC’s proposals for education reform.
LOOK-made in Italia produces new company video
An off-screen voice, emotional and captivating background music. Then the images one after another, clear and strong.
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