Member notices

ABDO will be open as follows over the holiday period:

Wednesday 23 December close at 5pm
Thursday 24 December phone cover 10am – 1pm
Tuesday 29 December phone cover 10am – 4pm
Wednesday 30 December phone cover 10am – 4pm
Thursday 31 December phone cover 10am – 1pm

Members may have received an email today requesting payment for an outstanding balance. This email was sent in error. Please ignore it. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Following changes to the structure of the fund two additional places for elected trustees have been created.

Two valid nominations were received and Keith Cavaye and Heather Hows have been declared elected. In addition the ABDO Board have nominated Lynda Matthias as one of their four nominated Trustees. The other three are David Kirk, Maureen Taylor and Sally Williams.  Jo Holmes who is the only other elected Trustee is currently the interim chair.

The ABDO Benevolent Fund exists to help members or their dependants in times of need. All enquiries should be directed by email to Jane Burnand or telephone 0207 2985102

Nominations for election to the ABDO Board closed today, 19 June 2020.

There are four candidates for the two places. The members standing for election are:

Saima Begum

Kevin Gutsell

John Hardman

Les Thomas

An election will be held with Electoral Reform Services.  Ballot papers will be sent by post on the 17 July 2020.


ABDO CPD is launching new online CET sessions to help support ABDO members with their professional education requirements during the coronavirus disruption.

We are aware many members will be concerned about their ability to obtain interactive CET points during social-distancing measures. From Monday 6 April online peer discussion sessions will be available exclusively for ABDO members.

Peer discussion is an interactive form of CET with discussion of pre-determined cases or scenarios with peers. Successful completion of an online peer discussion session will enable members to achieve 3 interactive CET points.

These sessions are limited to 10 participants by the GOC, therefore we will be repeating the same sessions regularly over the coming weeks. We urge anyone who books on a session but then is not able to take part to cancel their place as soon as possible, allowing other members to take part.

The sessions will be delivered using the GoToMeeting conferencing platform and will require a strong internet connection. All participants will be required to take part in the session using both audio and video. We strongly recommend the use of headphones if you have them, as they help to enhance the sound quality for all involved.

We will be running a dispensing-based peer discussion, as well a session that is only available for contact lens practitioners. We will add in new sessions and discussion topics as we are able. For more session details visit the events pages of the ABDO website.

Alongside the new online peer discussions, our regular monthly interactive CET webinars will continue. We look forward to welcoming past ABDO president, Fiona Anderson, who will be delivering our next CET webinar on Tuesday 28 April. Fiona will be testing the fine line that can be found between selling and excellence in patient care in optical practice.

Visit the events section to book your peer discussion and webinar places.

Due to rapidly changing circumstances in relation to government and public health advice for COVID-19, ABDO has made the difficult decision to cancel all planned ABDO regional CET face-to-face events with immediate effect until mid-July. We will look to postpone some events to later in the year where possible but anticipate a number of events will not be able to be replaced in 2020.

We are aware many members rely on ABDO to support them in acquiring their mandatory minimum CET points, and that ABDO regional CET events form a large part of this.  ABDO is committed in delivering the member benefit of the provision of sufficient CET to attain at least your minimum CET requirement over the CET cycle, with a full variety of competencies. Regular, monthly CET via distance learning article in Dispensing Optics and interactive CET via monthly webinars will continue to ensure the minimum annual requirement of 6 CET points can easily be obtained by ABDO members.

Additionally, we are exploring further options of interactive online delivery of CET and will continue to keep members informed of developments. As usual, any members with concerns about their mandatory CET requirements can contact ABDO CET to discuss their circumstances at or telephone 01206 734155.

If you are yet to complete your GOC registration and you have ABDO professional indemnity insurance, you will be able to find the details you require on you members profile online on your insurance certificate.

The membership team are in office on Friday but will not be able to answers emails over the weekend regarding this so please be aware of this.

In order to view your Professional Indemnity Insurance information required for your GOC retention, please log in to, click Students and members then View your Professional Indemnity Insurance certificate.

If you need the ABDO professional indemnity insurance policy details for your GOC retention you can find all of the information  on your new PI certificate available online after you have logged into the ABDO website.

This is available to all members who subscribe to our policy and who have paid their membership for the current year.  If you are on a direct debit this will only update to the current year after the first payment has been taken.

On the day of the climate day demonstrations ABDO is embarking on its own way to help. For the 2020 membership renewal process we are changing the way we communicate with our members.

All renewals will be done electronically with no paper versions sent out. We will also be discontinuing with membership cards and benefit brochures.

Our aim is to become paperless so receipts will be available online along with Professional indemnity insurance certificates and a certificate for membership for the current year.

Direct debit schedules advice will also be found on your online account for the subsequent year.

Emails will be sent out in the second week in December so we just wanted to let you all know about the new system well in advance so you register an email address or to make sure we have the correct details for you.

ABDO hopes you will embrace these changes and help us do our bit for the world.

Voting for elections has closed. The results are as follows:

  • Lorraine Bleasdale ELECTED
  • Kevin Gutsell NOT ELECTED
  • Daryl Newsome ELECTED

The three year term for those elected will commence on Friday 6 September 2019.