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New EOS diploma for clinical assistants

13 August 2018

Clinical assistants will be embarking on a new Enhanced Optical Services (EOS) diploma from 1 September. The BTEC Level 2 qualification will develop the skills of assistants who perform delegated procedures in ophthalmological or optometric | more

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From dispensing to optometry

20 July 2018

Two-degrees Craig – Specsavers pre-reg Craig Buchanan (above left) is a well-qualified man: he has TWO degrees. Craig, who’s currently doing his pre-registration placement at Specsavers’ Aberdeen store, gained a BSc in Ophthalmic Dispensing before | more

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Isla’s Polycythemia is inspiration for dispensing assistant to raise thousands for clinic

18 July 2018

Llanelli opticians raised £4500 in one week for the local children’s ward. They fundraised after dispensing assistant Sher Lewis’ six-year-old daughter, Isla, was diagnosed with Polycythemia, a rare disorder where a high concentration of red blood cells causes difficulties in her blood getting to her organs. Isla is being regularly treated at the Cilgerran ward; 10% of her blood is being replaced with saline. | more

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Scottish opticians sign for success

17 July 2018

15 staff from Specsavers stores across Scotland have joined forces to learn sign language so they can communicate more effectively with hearing impaired customers.They enrolled on an official Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) ‘Introduction to Sign Language’ and have received a full accreditation after completing the 12-week course. This was supported by Glasgow Clyde College and funded via the Scottish Apprenticeship Levy. | more

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CET – Patient communication

30 July 2018

Adam Wannell considers communication techniques from medical practice that optometrists and dispensing opticians can use in their own patient interactions to ensure a patient-centred approach - particularly important with acute presentations. | 1 interactive or non-interactive point for optometrists and dispensing opticians | | more

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Dispensing case study – Heights matter beyond the multifocal

7 August 2018

A young patient's slanted posture was noted - only when asked he admitted he was in this painful position most of the time “So I can see.” On checking the spectacles sourced overseas, no heights had been allowed for, producing 12 D of base down prism in both eyes. To neutralise this, the patient was placing himself in a head-up position to look through the optical centre of the lens. | more

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The new wave – summer of pre-reg

1 August 2018

August can be seen as “pre-registration optometrist month”. Like many practices, we will soon welcome a new pre-registration student, fresh from University and our existing pre-registration student prepares for her OSCEs. It was a very | more

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