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NHS England pilot new post payment verification system

The Optical Confederation, of which FODO is an active member, is working with NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) to develop a new method of post payment verification (PPV) of GOS claims. NHS England and the NHSBSA are piloting this new PPV method in Wessex, West Yorkshire

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FODO Chair Lynda Oliver re-elected for second three-year term

FODO Chair Lynda Oliver (Outside Clinic) was unanimously re-elected for a further three years at the FODO Annual General Meeting in London today. Paul Carroll (Specsavers Optical Group); Stephen Hannan (Optical Express); William Stockdale (Optimise); and Giles Smith (Haines & Smith Opticians) were also re-elected as Directors, having stood again

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Optical Confederation wholeheartedly endorses NAO report conclusions showing unacceptable Capita and NHS England service to primary care practitioners

The Optical Confederation ‘wholeheartedly endorses the conclusion of an NAO report published today (17 May) that the service to primary care practitioners from Capita and NHS England has fallen a long way below an acceptable standard’. As an active member of the Optical Confederation, FODO strongly supports this position. The

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Data Protection Bill and GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May. The Data Protection Bill, which is still going through Parliament, updates data protection laws in the UK and supplements the GDPR. Overview of concerns The Optical Confederation, of which FODO is an active member, and other bodies

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Department of Health freezes GOS fees for third consecutive year

The Government has announced today that it is freezing GOS fees for the third year running. This comes as extremely disappointing news for the optical sector, particularly in light of the more generous offers being seen recently in other areas of NHS health provision. The Optometric and Fees Negotiation Committee

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FODO CET Sessions at Optrafair

FODO is running three CET sessions at this year’s Optrafair (14-16 April) in Birmingham, where also be exhibiting. These are shown below:   The Duty of Candour and How to Apply it in Routine Practice Saturday Saturday 14 April, 11.45 – 12.45 PEER DISCUSSION Leader: Richard Edwards Details: Following publication

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OFNC seeking NHS eReferral grant for optical practices

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) has been in negotiations with NHS England to secure funding to provide IT connectivity between optical practices in England and the rest of the NHS.  It had been hoped that this could come from an underspend elsewhere in primary care which has been widely

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Short Interview with new BCLA President Keith Tempany

FODO’s James Turner spoke recently to Keith Tempany about his priorities as the new BCLA President after the organisation recently moved into its new home at Gloucester Terrace, joining FODO, the FMO and ABDO. Here’s what Keith had to say…   James: “Hello Keith and a warm welcome from FODO

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