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FODO Covid-19 guidance and support

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We are here to help you throughout the pandemic. In this section: 

Covid-19 framework for primary eye care providers 

We have created this flow diagram to help you implement the Covid-19 framework for primary eye care providers.

Download version 3.1 of the Covid-19 framework for primary eye care providers.  If you used version 3, you can review this version to see what has changed. 

You can also access any part of the guidance below as a standalone resource:

Members have asked us to pool free resources from trusted sources so they can quickly find what they need. Access posters, videos and training material from trusted resources based on where you are based here.

What's next?

FODO members decide what resources we add next by emailing 
[email protected] with suggestions.

This practical framework is for practice owners, managers and clinicians will guide you through how to assess and mange risk during the pandemic. The framework is a living document, and we will update it as evidence and official guidance on Covid-19 evolves. Please help us improve it further by completing this short survey.

Domiciliary care

The Optical Confederation Domiciliary Eyecare Committee (DEC) has published updated guidance:

  • Guidance - Meeting the eye health needs of people who cannot leave home during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic and winter flu
  • DEC statement - Optical sector issues updated covid guidance for domiciliary providers
You can also access the previous version of this guidance via the update log below.


At a glance: Covid-19 support and VAT

This short guide covers common VAT related issues for primary eye care providers during the pandemic.

Employment law and health and safety

FODO, the College of Optometrists, AOP and ABDO have published a workforce risk assessment for primary eye care. This will help members perform a more detailed workforce risk assessment and includes templates that members can ask all staff to complete. Read the workforce risk assessment.

Access our employment support hub for extra support, or by emailing us at [email protected] or calling us on 01244 688422.

As a member, you also can sign up to the Coronavirus Advice Hub for sample letters, policies, risk assessments, FAQs and additional guidance documents.

Enhanced support and care

Whether you are an individual practitioner, manager, or provider organisation, we know this is an incredibly difficult time for you. That is why a senior member of the FODO team will be on hand to help members seven days a week during this phase of the pandemic. Please contact us by email at [email protected] or 020 7298 5151.


Originally published: May 2020

Update log:

Version 1 of the framework was published 17 May. On 18 May the official case definition of Covid-19 in the UK was updated by the all UK CMOs and members updated via a member alert on the same day. Annex 1 of version 1 was updated to include a new question about anosmia and explaining how to get tested for coronavirus. Version 1.1. was published on 21 May.

Version 2 was published 31 May. The update included new hyperlinks and separating out Annexes into separate documents for ease of use. Additional information was added on ventilation in the main framework document. A flow diagram was added to the staff self-assessment process and the standard precautions section updated to include seven steps to compliance, a training log and poster. The risk assessment example now includes a blank template and an updated completed example.

Version 3 was published 18 June. This included minor updates to reflect new SOPs from the NHS in England and Scotland, Welsh Government Amber Guidance, HSC Board operating guidance and ABDO guidance on dispensing and contact lens practice.

Version 3.1 was published 5 October. This includes minor updates to reflect updated guidance from the College of Optometrists and to include FODO's workforce risk assessment.

The Domiciliary Eyecare Committee (DEC) guidance was updated in July 2021. Previous DEC guidance published in June 2020 together with relevant statements can be viewed by clicking the relevant link. 1. DEC statement - meeting the eye health needs of vulnerable individuals during the next stages of the pandemic. 2. Guidance< - meeting the eye health needs of shielding, isolating and domiciliary patients during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic. 3. DEC statement - Working safely during COVID-19 in other people's homes - Implications for domiciliary eye care providers.