ABDO’s force for the future

ABDO has appointed the inaugural members of its newly formed National Clinical Committee (NCC).

With ABDO vice president, Clive Marchant, acting as chair, the new NCC members are: Nick Black, Mark Chatham, Scott Mackie, Daryl Newsome, Rupesh Patel and Alexandra Webster.

ABDO head of policy and development, Barry Duncan, will act as NCC secretariat, with ABDO director of professional examinations, Alicia Thompson, also serving on the committee.

Commenting on the appointments, ABDO board member, Jo Holmes, said: “The standard of candidates for these positions was very high – and after long and hard discussions it was decided to bring Nick Black and Scott Mackie’s low vision expertise to the committee, Alexandra Webster and Mark Chatham’s expertise in contact lenses, and Rupesh Patel and Daryl Newsome’s respective expertise in CET and general dispensing.

“As ABDO moves forward and we begin streamlining the current ABDO committees into one overarching clinical group, we believe we now have the right team with the right skills and knowledge to help the Association tackle the challenges ahead in a consistent and cohesive manner,” added Jo.

The NCC will hold a strategic development meeting on 29 September and the inaugural NCC committee meeting will take place on 7 December at ABDO’s London headquarters.

The new ABDO regional and sub-regional leads will be announced in September.