Following on from several communications from members, ABDO would like to clarify the position on safeguarding requirements. Following the release of the latest version of the Intercollegiate Document, there is a recommendation for dispensing opticians to complete level 2 training.
The priority in the early part of 2015 for ABDO is to get something set up for dispensing opticians. One of the main issues ABDO face is the issue of funding to complete this. Many members will recognise that optometrists are entitled to access level 2 training via DOCET, however it has been made clear that dispensing opticians cannot access the same facility.
Whilst there are plenty of online training modules which can be accessed for a fee, this is not ideal. Be assured ABDO are working on this and will offer more information as soon as we have it.