Enabling optical business to expand and succeed – by the best for the best
We are the leading membership organisation for eye health providers in the UK, representing 85% of the UK optical market. Our members deliver the majority of NHS and paying community eye health services.
Our international and national experts support members with bespoke advice and guidance in all areas of optical business and clinical practice – however unusual or problematic.
We provide the best professional indemnity and legal defence insurance in the market. We cover both business as entities and all staff individually on an unnamed basis in a single package. Cover is in perpetuity without the need for expensive run-off or membership post retirement.
Given the scale of our membership and our rational, evidence-based approach to clinical, regulatory and market issues, we are the leading influencing organisation with government, regulators and the NHS on behalf of members. We operate alongside professionals and manufacturers on a global basis in support of the UK eye care sector.
We operate in all parts of the UK and in the Republic of Ireland through FODO Ireland. Since 2016 we speak for ophthalmology and ophthalmologist innovators as well as ophthalmic and optical providers and professionals.
We also represent hearing providers, audiologists and hearing aid dispensers through our sister organisation the National Community Hearing Association (NCHA).
Together we are tackling the eye health and hearing challenges of an ageing population and myopia and hearing challenges of the young in innovative and forward-looking ways. Our style is to work with others to achieve our goals.
Join us and be part of the future
As a FODO member you are part of a community of optical business, retail and clinical excellence. We actively welcome ambitious innovators, entrepreneurs and help develop the clinical and business leaders of the future.
We support members to achieve their individual business and professional ambitions and choices.
We offer world-class legal, business, GOS, complaints handling, locum and tax advice from national experts.
Our unique professional liability and legal defence insurance, covering both businesses and clinicians in perpetuity, is outstanding in success and value. Our track record in resolving issues at investigation stage and avoiding unnecessary fitness to practise referrals for individuals and businesses is second to none.
Our members operate in highly commercial and competitive environments, competing vigorously for each and every patient and customer, driving up quality and efficiency. But we also work together on strategic issues which affect the whole sector and all businesses.
This gives us a stronger voice for optical business and professionals and makes us better able to promote eye health and the vital role our members play in society as significant health givers, employers, educators, wealth creators and tax payers.
We are founding members of the Optical Confederation, LOCSU and other national and international partnerships. We are active on members’ behalf in all relevant eye health coalitions as well as working in partnership with other optical associations, professional colleagues across primary and secondary care, regulators, government, business and the voluntary sector to pursue our aims.
High quality education and training are essential to support and expand the optical sector.
Representing FODO members, we work with the Optometry Schools Council, the ABDO College and other education providers.
We keep workforce issues under review and work jointly with universities and other education providers, when necessary, to expand the workforce to meet recruitment challenges.
Through our Educational Trust, we sponsor new types of training (e.g. professional conversion courses) and new departments of optometry and vision sciences where we advance the future of the professions through the latest models of education and training.
FODO members provide the majority of pre-registration training of opticians and optometrists in the UK. They also invest heavily in Continuing Education and Training (CET) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Given the volume of easily accessible CET, we only provide CET on issues identified as high risk to our members.
We also sponsor prizes for students and run the Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund overseas bursary scheme.
The FODO Board brings together people with high-calibre business and clinical skills with a track record of success. We make space for large corporate members, SME and individual clinician members to ensure our strategy and business plans reflect the whole sector’s aims and ambitions and are informed by leading front-line knowledge.
FODO’s Directors are elected by and from the membership.
Lynda Oliver (Head of HR, Media and Marketing, Outside Clinic)
Claire Slade (Director of Professional Services, Boots Opticians)
Honorary Treasurer – Hal Rollason, independent optometrist, Chair of FODO Scotland and member of Optometry Scotland
Stuart Burdett (optometrist), Lead Regulation Officer, Vision Express
Paul Carroll (optometrist), Director of Professional Services, Specsavers Optical Group
Stephen Hannan (optometrist), Director of Clinical Services, Optical Express
Sarah Joyce (optometrist), Superintendent Optometrist, SME Optical Compliance team, Asda
Meena Ralhan (optometrist), Optical Compliance Manager, Vision Express
Giles Smith, Managing Director, Haine and Smith
Zoe Smith (dispensing optician), Head of NHS Audit, Specsavers Optical Group
William Stockdale (dispensing optician), Director, Optomise, Chair FODO NI and member Optometry Northern Ireland
Adrian Street (dispensing optician), Director, Norville Opticians, FODO Lead Director for Small Businesses and Independents
Alan Tinger, Chartered Accountant, former MD Galaxy Optical and former FD Miller & Santhouse Plc, current Chair of LOCSU
Glenn Tomison (dispensing optician), part time senior clinical instructor University of Manchester, Lead Director for Individual Members and council member of GOC
Samantha Watson (optometrist), Policy and Professional Affairs, Boots Opticians and current Chair of Optometry Scotland
Our AGM is held each May.
FODO staff are highly skilled and passionate about healthcare. We have expertise across government, the public, private and voluntary sectors and skills in influencing decision-makers at the highest levels.
We currently have no job vacancies.