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FODO issues guide to help optical businesses meet new GOC standards

A new guide produced by FODO highlights key standards in new General Optical Council (GOC) Standards for Optical Businesses that its members need to pay most attention to. FODO, which represents eye care providers and professionals in the UK and Ireland, supports the new standards and provides advice on meeting

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Spending Round 2019

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has announced the government’s spending plans for 2020-21 in the Spending Round on 4 September. There will be a fuller Spending Review in 2020.   Summary No significant changes to main tax, VAT, business rates or self-employment NHS budget has already been set

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Optical Confederation Updates Safeguarding and Prevent Guidance for Optical Practices and Practitioners in the UK

The Optical Confederation has today published updated Guidance on Safeguarding, Mental Capacity, Deprivation of Liberties and the Prevent Strategy – Protecting Children and Adults at risk for optical practitioners and practices across the UK. The guidance has been updated to reflect updated inter-collegiate guidance on adult safeguarding roles and competences

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NHS England issues new guidance on Integrated Care Providers and CCGs

NHS England has now published a suite of documents about how CCGs will continue in the new world of the NHS Long Term Plan.   NHS Standard Contract: Integrated Care Provider 2019/20 Contracting Arrangements for ICPs: Equality and Health Inequalities Analysis About the Integrated Care Provider Contract – Easy Read

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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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