Archive for 2019

CET window opens in Scotland until 1 November

The Scottish Government has opened the claims window for CET undertaken by optometrists in Scotland between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. There are two levels of CET payment a standard allowance of £561 a higher allowance of £842 for independent prescribers. Only one allowance can be claimed per

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Urgent Call to stand for Northern Ireland Ophthalmic Committee

Many of the places on the Northern Ireland Ophthalmic Committee are up for reappointment.  One of those places is reserved for a representative from companies.   This has been filled excellently in recent years by Stephen McCrory of Boots but Stephen is regrettably standing down.   The appointment is for

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Sight tests scrapped for blind PIP claimants in Scotland

People who suffer from blindness will no longer be asked to read letters from an eye chart to get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in Scotland.   This comes after The Sunday Post revealed the concerns of sight loss charity, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Scottish National Party

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Professor Deborah Bowman MBE appointed to GOC Council

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Professor Deborah Bowman as the newest lay member of the Council as of 1 September 2019 for a period of four years.   Deborah is currently a member of the GOC Standards Committee and previously served as Chair for the General Medical Council’s

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New treatment option for recurrent non-infectious uveitis

Based on a new clinical trial, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the use of a new treatment, the fluocinolone acetonide implant, which could lead to fewer hospital visits.   The clinical trial result suggests that fluocinolone acetonide implant may be able to improve clearness

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GOC reviews risks

As part of its ongoing review of CET, the GOC has commissioned survey company Enventure to survey members of the profession to identify current risks to patients and the public from the work of optical professionals in daily clinical practice.  FODO has taken part in the survey.  The outcomes of

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Eye Health Indicators – England

Public Health England (PHE) has updated the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) Domain 4 “Preventable Sight Loss Indicator” (4.12i to 4.12iv) with April 2017 – March 2018 data.   The recent update applies to preventable sight loss indicators: 4.12i “age related macular degeneration (AMD)”, 4.12ii “glaucoma”, 4.12iii “diabetic eye disease”

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FODO refocuses on protecting and advancing eye care

The FODO Annual General Meeting took place in London on 14 May with Chair Lynda Oliver setting out how the organisation was successfully transitioning to a new operating model to scale up its strategic work in protecting and advancing eye care in the UK and Ireland, as well as supporting

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