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Patient Survey – NHS Treatment Delays Survey for Ophthalmology Patients

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment is running a patient survey on experiences of delays in accessing NHS hospital–based ophthalmology services.  This is part of the evidence gathering for their inquiry into NHS hospital ophthalmology capacity.  (FODO CEO David Hewlett is on the Expert

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Performers List videos for pre-reg optometrists launched

New resources to help pre-registration optometrists navigate the NHS England Ophthalmic Performers List application process and obtain their OPL number as quickly as possible after qualifying have been launched by LOCSU and the Optical Confederation, of which FODO is an active member. Included in the new section on the LOCSU

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Breakthrough standards for refractive surgery have been launched today

Breakthrough standards for providers and clinical teams offering refractive surgery, and which propose new protections for UK patients, have been launched today. These new standards are intended to ensure patients get the highest quality of care across the board. They are patient-focussed, including new checks and balances on the way

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FODO Annual Review 2016/17

Our Annual Review for 2016/17 has just been released and was launched at the recent Optrafair event. The review looks at FODO’s work over the past financial year covering: FODO’s Chair and CEO reports Detailed policy and support update Our work in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Europe NCHA’s

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Government Freezes Sight Test Fees

The Government has today announced its intention to freeze NHS sight test fees in England for the second year in a row, leaving them at 2015-16 levels for 2017-18. Optical vouchers, which provide help to patients on low incomes and to children who need spectacles, have also been frozen. The

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Lynda Oliver confirmed as new Optical Confederation Chair

Following the decision to rotate the Chair amongst its members, following Chris Hunt’s retirement in October 2016, at its meeting on 21 March, the Optical Confederation (OC) Leaders’ Group – the governing partnership of the Confederation – unanimously asked Lynda Oliver to continue in the role of Optical Confederation Chair

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FODO response to GOC strategic education review

Following the General Optical Council’s (GOC) call for evidence on their strategic education review, we’ve provided our response. The GOC have stated the main aim of the review is to ensure that education programmes and qualifications leading to GOC registration equip students to meet patients’ future needs, as technological change

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Our response to NHS England’s AIS Review

FODO on behalf of the Optical Confederation has responded to NHS England’s postimplementation review of the Accessible Information Standard (AIS). We have highlighted that the vast majority of practicable and reasonable adjustments were a routine part of care in our sector long before the standard or indeed equalities legislation. It

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