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16 December 2022

FODO member update – 16 December

This week:

GOC CPD platform back online

MyCPD is back online. The GOC has apologised for any inconvenience. It has also confirmed six points this year is a "recommendation and not a requirement". Hence "your GOC registration will not be affected" if you do not have time to update your CPD record before 1 January 2023. Read the GOC update

Welsh Government vows to protect vulnerable people during cost-of-living crisis

Senedd first minister Mark Drakeford and finance minister Rebecca Evans have vowed to protect the most vulnerable in Wales during the cost-of-living crisis. Read FODO's response

Westminster debate - the government responds

The government has responded to calls for an eye care strategy for England by outlining its existing strategy.

Neil O'Brien, parliamentary under-secretary for primary care and public health, said:

  • Sight tests help prevent sight loss when combined with early treatment. He said "that is why" the government continued to "fund free NHS sight tests for many" people.
  • He showed support for NHS vouchers in England by explaining they help "children and those on income-related benefits" obtain vision correction.
  • That the government was committed to tackling the risk factors of sight loss, including obesity and smoking.
  • The government acknowledged ophthalmology teams were under pressure like other NHS specialities, but this would be addressed through the elective recovery plan and new investment.
  • He also pointed to "pilots for cataracts and glaucoma". He said that the pilots were "allowing primary care practices to care for these patients and refer only those who need to be seen by specialists" and this would "will feed into any possible future service model".

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New PCA Scotland

The Directorate of Primary Care in Scotland issued a new PCA today. It covers signposting over the holiday period, homeless patients and eOphthalmic arrangements, vaccines and other important updates. Members in Scotland should read the PCA in full

Patient safety update - referrals for eye care services in England

Please note that in some areas optical practices have incorrectly been informed that paper referrals will be rejected due to a misunderstanding about local electronic referral systems. Read the optical sector's response

GOC consultation - process for updating registered gender

The GOC is consulting on a new policy setting out the process for registrants to update their registered gender. The consultation will be open until 20 March 2023. Learn more and take part

FODO opening hours over the festive period

FODO will close on the following bank holidays:

  • 26 and 27 December
  • 2 January

During 28-30 December, a team member will be on hand to help members. If you need anything, please email [email protected], and we will get back to you within 24 hrs. 

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