Department of Health freezes GOS fees for third year running

6 April 2018

The Government has told the OFNC that it is freezing GOS fees for the third year running – despite strong evidence for an increase, and at a time when more generous settlements are being offered to NHS staff and contractors.

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OFNC seeking NHS eReferral grant for optical practices

1 March 2018

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) has been in negotiations with NHS England to secure funding to provide IT connectivity between optical practices in England and the rest of the NHS. 

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Optical Confederation and LOCSU response to Capita profit warning

31 January 2018

The Optical Confederation and LOCSU has said the Government and NHS England “must prepare to step in” if Capita continues to let down NHS primary care contractors.  This follows Capita’s profit warning and share price drop on 31 January 2018.

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Optical Confederation calls on NHS England to take urgent action to address Capita failures

22 January 2018

The Optical Confederation has today (Monday 22 January 2018) written to Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, calling for urgent action to address the ongoing failure of Capita to fulfil their contractual obligations. 

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Data protection law in the UK is changing - essential, new advice for those working in the optical sector

18 December 2017

New data protection laws which come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018 – will impact the optical sector.   

To help those working in the sector, the Optical Confederation has published an initial guide to these important changes, aimed at optical practices, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and practitioners. It includes a breakdown of what optical businesses need to do to comply, when the new rules come into effect.   

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Performers List videos for pre-reg optometrists launched

1 June 2017

New resources to help pre-registration optometrists navigate the NHS England Ophthalmic Performers List application process and obtain their OPL number as quickly as possible after qualifying have been launched by LOCSU and the Optical Confederation.

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Optical Confederation response to the General Election Manifestos

19 May 2017

The Optical Confederation welcomes the priority given to health in all party manifestos.

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Optician Article - General Election 2017

16 May 2017

In a recent article, Optician asked two questions to organisations in the optical sector:

-What would you ask an election candidate knocking on your doorstep?

-What single change would you like to see an elected government make for the good of the profession?

We would like to share the important points raised by different parts of the optical sector.

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Government Freezes Sight Test Fees

30 March 2017

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Lynda Oliver confirmed as new Optical Confederation Chair

28 March 2017

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