Member notices

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 Coronavirus, mail is not moving in some countries. This will cause a delay for some international members receiving their copy. If you have not received your copy you can view the current issue and back issues here.

We know that the following countries are affected at time of sending this email:

  • Albania
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Armenia
  • Jamaica
  • Sri Lanka
  • Bermuda
  • Kuwait
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Barbados
  • Lebanon
  • St Lucia
  • Bosnia
  • Macedonia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Caribbean Islands (BVI)
  • Mauritania
  • Taiwan
  • Caribbean Islands – Dominican Republic
  • Moldova
  • Tanzania (DAR)
  • Caribbean Islands –Haiti
  • Montenegro
  • Tunisia
  • Cayman Islands
  • Nepal
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Cuba
  • New Zealand
  • Ukraine
  • Djibouti
  • Peru
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Ecuador
  • Philippines
  • Venezuela
  • French Polynesia
  • Russia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Grenada
  • Samoa
  • Guyana
  • South Africa

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 abdocet@abdo.org.uk 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 www.abdo.org.uk, click Students and members then View your Professional Indemnity Insurance certificate.

As you may be aware the World Health Organisation has declared the Coronavirus a public health emergency.  Nine patients in England (as of 18thFeb) have tested positive for the virus.  The UK Chief Medical Officer has declared the risk to individuals as low to moderate.  For individuals with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease the virus is a much higher threat.

The advice for anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday that regulation (Health Protection Coronavirus Regulations 2020) has been put in place to impose restrictions on individuals considered by health professionals to be at risk of spreading the virus. These regulations provide NHS staff, dealing with possible cases of the virus, the power to keep individuals in isolation where they are a threat to public health.

A public information campaign has been launched by the department of health on how individuals can protect themselves from infection.  The advice is to:

  • always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
  • wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs

Further information/updates:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-public-information-campaign-launched-across-the-uk

Our advice is to make all staff aware of the information above and keep themselves aware of the updates using the link provided.  Staff should also share the information with any patients they have contact with, who they think may be affected or at risk due to recent travel etc. and advise them to contact NHS 111.

Update from 14th Feb guidance is that patients should NOT be directed to their GP practices.  All patients should contact NHS 111.

Updated 03/03/2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement have issued standard operating procedures (SOP) in relation to coronavirus.  The information can be accessed using the following link.

The SOP is to support the interim guidance published by Public Health England on 25th February.  This guidance can be accessed here.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has uploaded a course online which takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

The content within the course includes:

Module 1: Preparedness, readiness and IPC:

  • Provides an overview of Infection Prevention and Control measures for preparedness and readiness.

Module 2: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19): its epidemiology, risk factors, definitions and symptomology:

  • Provides an introduction to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Module 3: Standard precautions, transmission-based precautions & COVID-19 specific recommendations:

  • Reviews various precautions which should be taken to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

Posters and patient information leaflets can be accessed from the Public Health England resource site.

We hope this information is helpful and will advise members of any updates as we receive them.

 

 

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.

As you may be aware the World Health Organisation has declared the Coronavirus a public health emergency.  Nine patients in England (as of 13th Feb) have tested positive for the virus.  The UK Chief Medical Officer has declared the risk to individuals as low to moderate. For individuals with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease the virus is a much higher threat.

The advice for anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday that regulation (Health Protection Coronavirus Regulations 2020) has been put in place to impose restrictions on individuals considered by health professionals to be at risk of spreading the virus. These regulations provide NHS staff, dealing with possible cases of the virus, the power to keep individuals in isolation where they are a threat to public health.

A public information campaign has been launched by the department of health on how individuals can protect themselves from infection.  The advice is to:

  • always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
  • wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs

Further information/updates here.

Our advice is to make all staff aware of the information above and keep themselves aware of the updates using the link provided.  Staff should also share the information with any patients they have contact with, who they think may be affected or at risk due to recent travel etc. and advise them to contact their GP practice or 111.

  • Close at 4 pm on 23 December
  • 24 – duty officer until 12 noon
  • 27 – duty officer all day
  • 30 – duty officer all day
  • 31 – duty officer until 12 noon
  • Re opens 2 January 2020

1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM has been recalled please check this post from Johnson and Johnson on what pack lots are recalled

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.

Dear Members,

You may be aware that yesterday evening Channel 4 aired a programme called Supershoppers, a consumer advice show that focuses on high end shopping in the UK, tackling the perception that only expensive brands can offer goods of the highest quality. Part of the content on last night’s programme was a piece on the cost of spectacles which encouraged viewers to go online to purchase these cheaper.

Please be assured that we are appalled with the content of the programme and are liaising with the GOC and College of Optometrists on a statement to be released in due course.  We are also contacting the Producers of the show to inform them of the facts around what they have publicised and the impact that can have on patient safety and awareness with regards to the importance of the dispensing side of eye health care.

Barry Duncan